Hazy, hot and humid.

My rug hooking studio has been transformed into a guest room for the next three weeks.  I’m happy to have my son and his family visiting and it’s much too hot to be working with wool. 

There’s not a lot to do here in rural Perry County, PA.  I always tell visitors to think of this as a time to relax.  We do have Little Buffalo State Park nearby with a big swimming pool for cooling off.  I’m sure the crew will take advantage of it several times. 

When the days are not quite so hazy, hot and humid, I think we will venture a bit farther off to Lake Tobias Safari Park.  We’ve been there many times, but our granddaughter always requests to go there.  It is a fun day that isn’t geared just toward children. 

Hershey Park is also not too far away and if they want to go there, I’ll stay home.  Crowds and rides are not for me.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the hazy, hot and humid days of summer.

Yes, it’s true.

Yes, it’s true.

A simple bouquet of hydrangeas and Russian sage in a Ball jar.

A simple bouquet of hydrangeas and Russian sage in a Ball jar.

Living on PA farmland, we only have one tree near our house.  German farmer, Daniel Peifer has been resting under its shade since Friday, the 13th of May,  1814.

Living on PA farmland, we only have one tree near our house. German farmer, Daniel Peifer has been resting under its shade since Friday, the 13th of May, 1814.

The blackberries out by the hen house are beginning to ripen.  After I took this photo, I ate the ripe ones. They are not sweet, but I love them anyway.

The blackberries out by the hen house are beginning to ripen. After I took this photo, I ate the ripe ones. They are not sweet, but I love them anyway.

After Father’s Day we let the asparagus go to seed.  I love the soft, feathery leaves and the seeds.

After Father’s Day we let the asparagus go to seed. I love the soft, feathery leaves and the seeds.

Ready to bind.

Somehow I managed to finish hooking my I Love My OCD rug.  The dog population was pretty good most of the past week, allowing me time in the studio.  Some days are better than others and I’m looking forward to taking Leo to his Manners Class, which begins in a couple of weeks. 

The photo below of my latest rug doesn’t show the irregular curvy border.  I can’t wait to start binding this [yes, I actually do love to bind rugs!]  The rug is about 32” x 39”, so I’ll have to stand on a chair to get a full photo of it.  In the meantime, I’ll take photos as I bind it to show my process.  I have one favorite way to bind and I’m sticking to it! 

I’m still pondering how to design the next piece in my Mother Earth Speaks series.  It will depict the ocean with plastic flotsam.  Such a sad state of affairs for the Earth’s oceans. 

As some of you know, I’m in the Magdalena Rug Hookers here in Perry County PA.  I’m also in a three-woman splinter group called, Maggie’s Meyvns.  We Meyvns are each planning on hooking a rug about one of our strong woman heroes, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  I just planned my rug out on paper and I hope to get it on linen soon.  Unfortunately, I can’t show it until all Meyvns have completed their RBG rugs and we have our reveal.  Our reveals usually contain a meal.  We shall see.

The months of July and August will be filled with activities, which will make summer fly by.  I’m already looking forward to autumn.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the hooked rug finishing process. 

The center area of I Love My OCD  32” x 39”.  Hooked with #8 and #8.5 cuts of wool cloth on linen.

The center area of I Love My OCD 32” x 39”. Hooked with #8 and #8.5 cuts of wool cloth on linen.

Here’s the tub of noodles after finishing the rug.  I didn’t use them all up, but I made a good dent.

Here’s the tub of noodles after finishing the rug. I didn’t use them all up, but I made a good dent.

I re-sorted the leftover noodles by color and put them back in their 2 gallon bags. This only took me 15-20 minutes, for those of you who think I’m crazy!

I re-sorted the leftover noodles by color and put them back in their 2 gallon bags. This only took me 15-20 minutes, for those of you who think I’m crazy!

Only The Shadow knows.

Groundhog Day, this past Saturday, brought some opposing prognostications about the arrival of spring.  In either case it will be six weeks until spring begins, but it’s a fun tradition.  Punxatawney Phil, a PA celebrity, predicted that spring weather would arrive early.  That’s good news.  However, my hen, Charlotte, saw her shadow, so she’s predicting six more weeks of winter.  Only time will tell.

This past week consisted of cleaning and straightening my studio.  My first priority was organizing my paper patterns from which I make my hooked rug patterns on linen backing.  Some of my “working patterns” [as opposed to the original drawings that I keep in separate folders] needed to be redrawn.  Having worked in a library many years ago, I also made sure the patterns were put back in alphabetical order.

Studio cleanup didn’t take as long as I anticipated, so I did get some hooking done on my Looming in Greenland piece.  I finished hooking the grey and threatening sky.  I don’t enjoy hooking in straight lines, but it seemed a good way to make a visual separation of the sky and the iceberg. I hope to have this piece finished in a week or two.  My next piece will be a lot more colorful, which will be fun.

I hope your weather is a bit milder after the cold snap we just had.  I’m going to start looking for signs of spring, how about you?

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the anticipation of warmer weather ahead.

Charlotte saw her shadow, but she wasn’t frightened at all.

Charlotte saw her shadow, but she wasn’t frightened at all.

Come into my studio while it’s clean and tidy.

Come into my studio while it’s clean and tidy.

A brief  neat and tidy view of the studio.  I’ve already dragged out some of these tubs.

A brief neat and tidy view of the studio. I’ve already dragged out some of these tubs.

Two steps forward and one step back.

This past week I was determined to finish hooking the biggest chunk of iceberg on my Looming in Greenland piece.  I did decide to “reverse hook” a good portion of it before forging ahead.  The acronym, NIMBY [Not In My Back Yard] kept running through my brain.  Can you imagine seeing this out your back window? If this berg should calve off a large piece, there would be mayhem and danger on this coastal village of Greenland.

I also began hooking the sky, which I decided to make grey and threatening to add to the suspense of the piece.  The grey also is a good contrast to the brighter color of the iceberg and helps “push” the berg visually forward.

There might not be more progress on this rug this coming week as I’ve decided I need to reorganize my studio.  I am not one of those artistic types, who love to be surrounded by messy tools of the trade and partially finished projects.  Too much visual clutter confuses me.  So, with that in mind, I will be working on boring, but necessary, studio organization this coming week.  Although not my favorite thing to do, it will help me in the future to work more efficiently.

A forward-thinking customer ordered one of my robin and babies patterns.  Spring is coming and it’s a great idea to hook a pattern for the upcoming season.  I’ve posted some of my springtime patterns below, which are available on the Shop page of my website.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in planning for the season soon to arrive.

Looming in Greenland work in progress. Adapted from a photo by Lucia Ali Nielsen//Reuters

Looming in Greenland work in progress. Adapted from a photo by Lucia Ali Nielsen//Reuters

The Early Bird Gets the Worm 20” x 16”

The Early Bird Gets the Worm 20” x 16”

Dinner Time  18” x 24”

Dinner Time 18” x 24”

Nest Eggs 14” diameter

Nest Eggs 14” diameter

Fruitcake oddballs and woolly weirdness.

A friend came bearing fruitcake on Saturday for our annual Fruitcake Nosh.  We are the only two people that we know, who love this seasonal delicacy. Well, fruitcake can’t exactly be called delicate, because it’s heavily laden with fruits and nuts. I added brandy to mine. We had tea, talked about a wide variety of things and shared our sweet treat. Two happy oddballs.

I made some good progress on the Waxing Crescent pattern this past week. I didn’t hook every day, because of holiday-related projects and distractions, but the background is hooking up quickly. I’m using the perfect night sky wool that I bought a long time ago from The Wool Studio.  The wool is called After Hours, but I doubt Rebecca has any of it, unless she had it re-milled.  I’m determined to use up my wool, but the bins seem to remain as full as ever.  That’s really not a bad thing, just weird.

The weather has gotten COLD, which isn’t news.  It does mean that I have to plan ahead when I want to spend the day hooking in my studio, because I have to put on the heater in the morning.  I love it there listening to music as I hook away, stopping occasionally to look out the windows at the rural beauty and maybe the neighbors’ guinea fowl foraging for insects. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the quietude of the season.

Good progress on Waxing Crescent.

Good progress on Waxing Crescent.

I just can't stop!

I finished hooking my Barn Owl with Moon2 rug this past week.  I was going to wait to bind it at the Brandywine Hook-In later this month, but I. Could. Not. Wait.  I actually love finishing rugs, so the desire to hold off was overwhelmed by the desire to bind and whip the edge.  I guess I’ll have to find something else to hook at the hook-in.

There’s a spot on my kitchen floor that has been waiting for this rug, so that, coupled with the fact that I will be hosting my Breakfast Club ladies in a couple of weeks, really gave me an irresistible urge to get this rug done and down.

What’s next?  I will be hooking my new design, Harvest Moon, in the near future, but I need something else in the meantime.  Maybe another piece for my Mother Earth Speaks series?  I do have a few ideas bubbling around in my head for that.  I’ll see what grabs me.

Autumn is here at Crow's Foot Farm, but the temps are still a bit too mild.  I hope your autumn is beautiful where you are.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in having a new rug for my kitchen floor.

Barn Owl with Moon2 in situ.

Barn Owl with Moon2 in situ.

I whipped the edge with two strands of wool, one charcoal grey and one burgundy.

I whipped the edge with two strands of wool, one charcoal grey and one burgundy.

 

A studio tour.

I just completed the wedding gift rug, so a tidying up of the studio is in order.  I have to do this between projects to eliminate too much “visual clutter”, which disturbs my OCD. I love my OCD.   Also, I’ll be away next week, so I like to leave things in order.

This week I’m sharing photos of my hooking studio, which used to be our attached garage.  I love this big room.  It even has a sofa bed, for extra guests. Take the tour below as I start packing for my trip.  I’ll see you all when I return.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a neat and organized workspace.

Welcome... come on in!

Welcome... come on in!

This is my hooking corner. It looks very quiet right now....

This is my hooking corner. It looks very quiet right now....

I've had this antique table for decades.  It now is my cutting table with a large piece of tempered glass on the top.

I've had this antique table for decades.  It now is my cutting table with a large piece of tempered glass on the top.

There are three closets in the room.  This one holds my wool stash, linen, and rolled up finished rugs.

There are three closets in the room.  This one holds my wool stash, linen, and rolled up finished rugs.

This closet holds dyeing supplies, binding materials and yarn, and you can see that I hang some smaller rugs with "clippy hangers".

This closet holds dyeing supplies, binding materials and yarn, and you can see that I hang some smaller rugs with "clippy hangers".

The third closet has my sewing machine set up, so all I have to do is sit and sew.

The third closet has my sewing machine set up, so all I have to do is sit and sew.

My music and reading material corner.

My music and reading material corner.

This end of the studio is for relaxing and maybe sleeping.  Thanks for taking the tour!

This end of the studio is for relaxing and maybe sleeping.  Thanks for taking the tour!