Colors of spring.

I know that spring is definitely on the way when I go to the Woolwrights’ hook-in in Lancaster, PA.  Those ladies do a superb job putting on this annual event.  There were many wonderful vendors and lots of rug hookers sharing their beautiful rugs.  The Magdalena Rug Hookers, the group I’m in,  had a nice turnout and did some impressive shopping and hooking!

I took my Harvest Moon rug and whipped most of the border.  I was so happy to find Lopi yarn to match the fuschia wool that I dyed.  I will finish it up this week and fix the back of the rug for hanging.  Then when I host Breakfast Club on March 29th, I will exchange this rug for a fabulous mosaic of pumpkins by Jo Alexander.  I cannot wait!  I will share photos when the exchange takes place.

I have finished my week of animal wifery for the neighbors’ 28 hens and 13 guinea fowl.  I have a refrigerator filled with the most colorful eggs!  They are destined for several quiches and the rest will be made into delicious pickled beet eggs.  What a treat!

I’m still pondering what rug I’ll do next as I work on a super-secret rug for a group project.  There is an idea percolating in the back of my brain.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a room full of rug hookers and a henhouse filled with egg layers. 

Happy spring!

My favorite way to bind a rug. Roll linen over cotton clothesline, baste in place, and whip with yarn.

My favorite way to bind a rug. Roll linen over cotton clothesline, baste in place, and whip with yarn.

Yummy colors everywhere at the hook-in!

Yummy colors everywhere at the hook-in!

Look at these colors! Rich brown, pale brown, light blue, light green, olive green and white!

Look at these colors! Rich brown, pale brown, light blue, light green, olive green and white!

 

How rug hookers have fun.

The Woolwrights’ annual hook-in was on Saturday.  They always do a spectacular job organizing the day with excellent vendors, snacks galore [hookers get hungry!], and lots of opportunity to network and catch up with friends old and new.

I spent the past ten days being a bird nanny for seventeen very spoiled hens and eight guineas, so I was a little late getting to the hook-in. I took my tombstone angel to work on.  I knew I had to make a beeline to Jan Cole, The Wool ‘n Gardener, to buy some of her fabulous spot-dyed wool for the tombstone background behind the angel. 

I must confess that I did not do any hooking!  I was much too busy shopping, talking, looking at others’ hooking projects and the excellent rug show.  Although I didn’t pull one loop, it was a great day and was good for my hooking soul.

I will get busy hooking my tombstone angel this week.  I should have all the wool I need [and more].

Look below for photos of a few of the many beautiful rugs in the rug show.  

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a huge room full of rug hookers.

A collection of stoney wool for my tombstone angel rug.

A collection of stoney wool for my tombstone angel rug.

There were over 250 rug hookers gathered in Lancaster, PA for a day of fun.

There were over 250 rug hookers gathered in Lancaster, PA for a day of fun.

Mrs. Rabbit x2 designed by Sharon Smith and hooked by Jeri Livingston

Mrs. Rabbit x2 designed by Sharon Smith and hooked by Jeri Livingston

Wistful Angel designed by David Galchuck and hooked by Debra Smith.

Wistful Angel designed by David Galchuck and hooked by Debra Smith.

Mr. Bones designed by Ruth Hennessey and hooked by Jean Barr.

Mr. Bones designed by Ruth Hennessey and hooked by Jean Barr.

This beautiful LARGE rug designed by Pearl McGown and hooked by Helen B. Lynch.

This beautiful LARGE rug designed by Pearl McGown and hooked by Helen B. Lynch.

Hook-in inspiration.

Saturday was the annual Woolwrights’ hook-in.  As always it was a fun, well-run and inspiring event.  Thanks to all the members of the Woolwrights group, who worked hard to make it a great day.

There were many excellent vendors, so the first order of the day for me was to shop!  Although I didn’t have a particular future design in mind, I managed to buy some beautiful dyed wool from Jan Cole, The Wool n’ Gardener.  I also bought a new Hartman prim hook from the Green Mountain vendors, because I have actually worn down the end of the one I’ve used for years.  The new hook is identical to the old one, so it has a wonderful, familiar feel to it.

It was great to finally meet Lori Brechlin and her daughter, Hannah, in person.  Facebook is great for making virtual friends, but there is no substitute for the real thing.  I’m looking forward to seeing Lori at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week this coming August.

I actually did some hooking on a new, possibly controversial, project.  I think I have to get several of these designs out of my mind and onto linen.  Maybe that will unleash my creativity again.

Below are a few photos of the hook-in.  I did take pictures of some of the rugs on display, but I didn’t note the name of the hookers/designers, so I am not sharing them here.  I am not a big picture-taker, because I prefer to experience things “in the moment”

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a room filled with happy rug hookers.

The beginning of my new design. More to follow.

The beginning of my new design. More to follow.

Lin Keller, a quilter and rug hooker, finished her log cabin design rug. Isn't it gorgeous?  It looks like sunlight is streaming across it.

Lin Keller, a quilter and rug hooker, finished her log cabin design rug. Isn't it gorgeous?  It looks like sunlight is streaming across it.

There was an abundance of dyed wool at this hook-in.

There was an abundance of dyed wool at this hook-in.

More eye candy...

More eye candy...

These colors are so exciting and chase away any residual winter blues.

These colors are so exciting and chase away any residual winter blues.