Monday, 8 August 2016

Hooked this Summer

I know, I know....I shouldn't complain about the heat, drought and oppressive humidity. But I do and I will because summer is not my cup of tea. Never has been. I'd rather be cold. For one thing, I'm far more likely to get a migraine with the heat, than with cold. In the winter, I go for walks to "freeze" my head when I have a migraine. So yes, I can say that I am anticipating fall.

I'm going to be giving a hooking demonstration at a store in Hamilton in September. For that, I need a few pieces to show/sell and an item for raffle. So I've been hooking a few pieces and have several more in the line-up.

Nothing too exciting, but here's what been hooked over the last few weeks. #16in2016





Thursday, 7 July 2016

My Answers to What If?

Yesterday (I know, it's shocking, I'm actually blogging two days in a row), I asked a few questions and promised I'd be back with my answers. So here they are, for what they're worth. 

What blog would you read if you could only read one?

A difficult question to be sure. I think to get a mix of fibre fun and some good chuckles, the award has to go to The Yarn Harlot. Steph is highly talented, admirable in many ways and just plain funny. And I'm biased, she's Canadian and lives probably an hour away from me. Give it a try if you haven't already. 

What type of making would you choose if you could only do one thing for the rest of your life?

Another tough one for me, who's a multipotentialite and gets easily bored with one thing and has to change things up frequently. But alas, with only one thing to choose I would have to go with rug hooking. I'm hooked, as they say. 

What colour would you choose if you had to keep to one for every project you make?

Something many of us are guilty of and I top the charts, is over using our fave colours in our projects. Absolutely no question that for me it would something in the blue-purple world. I likely wouldn't get bored of it either. Or at least not for a while. 

What book would you take with you to a deserted island? 

Wow, why did I give myself such tough questions to answer? My problem is that I'm not great at re-reading books. Been there, done that. Even though I usually forget them as soon as I've put them down. My answer to this today though is Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs. I loved this book when I first read it and have been eyeing it up for a re-read (yes, really) because it's been a couple of decades (ahem) since I last read it.  There's enough food for thought in this book to be more than just an entertaining read, but to also provide lots to ruminate on while on a deserted island with little else to do but swim, and possibly perish. 

Have you had a nap in a hammock yet this year? 

No, I have not. I'm not much of a napper, though I think it's becoming more intriguing to me. Smidgie had "nap in a hammock" on her summer bucket list, which I found to be a very interesting list for a 10-year-old. So somewhere this summer I need to find her a hammock to try out. :)

How difficult did you find these questions to answer? 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

What If?

Life's been chaotic, as it usually is in June. Smidgie is now 10, though she's in denial and would prefer to be 8 or 9. Fine with me, she's growing up too fast as it is. We found a perfect little stool today that may serve as a perfect bedside table for her. Sounds weird, but she has a very low bed, and hardly any room beside it for a night stand, so this stool might be perfect. It caught my eye because it has an old upholstered cover which screamed "hook me a new top" from across the thrift store. Only afterwards did I think about it possibly working as a night stand. Yes, her light might be a bit wobbly but if it's adorable and fits, and is cushion-y on top in case she rolls into it, then that's all the better. 

For some fun today, I had some random questions rolling through my mind that I thought I would share. I'll share my responses in a future post so that you can ponder them first.  Here we go.....

What blog would you read if you could only read one?

What type of making would you choose if you could only do one thing for the rest of your life?

What colour would you choose if you had to keep to one for every project you make?


What book would you take with you to a deserted island? 

Where will life take you in the next 1, 2, 5, 10 years? Care to speculate? 

Have you written out a summer bucket list? Or read someone else's? 

Have you had a nap in a hammock yet this year? Gosh, I wish I had one!!

Enjoy musing over these questions. Hopefully I'll be back soon with my own responses. :)

Friday, 27 May 2016

Fibre Fun

So I've been trying to just have fun with fibre lately. And lo and behold.... it worked! Just a simple heart on backing, pulling strips from my leftover bin. Colour isn't exactly right here, it's not this washed out in real life. Hooked it on my last piece of burlap, while ignoring the pattern that I drew on there long ago. 



I've been trying to get to a very long list of projects around the house - some fibre goodness and some not. Painting, house fix-ups, etc. are in progress but will be ongoing for quite a while. A new bed quilt is needed by a certain 9-year-old, who's current flannel one is badly faded. So the 315 squares have been cut and laid out. Her Nibs approved the layout, so now the torture sewing begins. 


I don't know how others go about this, but I stack the squares for each strip and label them alphabetically. Once a strip is sewn, the letter gets safety-pinned to the one end of the strip. Theoretically if I keep my piles organized, don't let the cat get into them, then my strips should all work the way they should at the end. And once the strips are sewn....then they get sewn to each other. This will be a painful lengthy project. 


As you can see, I've already sewn A through I, with J up next. There are 21 rows, so not even halfway yet. Ah yes.... this will take a while. Wish me luck!