Raising my head after all that bookish kerfuffle, I find myself in a sea of WIPs in various stages of incompleteness, important school newsletters about events that have already occurred, mail both opened (containing tiny hats) and unopened (not containing tiny hats), and taxi receipts. Even more than usual. So how am I spending my afternoon?
I am all about the hooking. My rug is only about 8 inches in diameter, but it is My First Rug. I am starting to suspect that I have cut my strips too wide. I don’t care. I have ordered a book about rug hooking to see if I can get some guidance, but I am content with my too-fat, slightly buckling rug. I really like the freeform nature of it, and can see how one would get better at it pretty quickly with practice. Don’t get me wrong–it’s not KNITTING, and it’s not quilting. But it’s fun.
For those who were nice enough to ask, I got my lovely Cat’s Paw (aka Kaffe’s Persian Poppies) kit from J. Conner Hooked Rugs. Janet, whom I met at Rhinebeck, hand-dyes the vintage and non-vintage wools for her kits. Some of the wools are quite felted and some seem not so felted, but I have liked every wool in my kit. One overdyed reddish pink has kid mohair in it, I’m sure; it glides through the burlap holes.
While I tremble at the thought of acquiring a Third Stash (knitting, quilting and now RUGGING stashes), I’d really like to make a full-size rug. Just the one. Thinking on it.