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Friday, May 22, 2009

Hook-in at Grant Street Woolworks

We are having a hook-in at Grant Street Woolworks on Wednesday evening. Everyone is welcome! Even if you aren't a rughooker, you may bring a project of your choice to work on and sit and chat with us.

We are having the hook-in now because Linda will be on vacation the first two weeks in June. I will be taking a break from work at the same time. Yippeee!!! Two weeks to do nothing but hook! (well, not quite!)

You may come on Wednesday any time during the day, afternoon or evening. We usually post the hook-in time as 6 p.m., but we are there from 10 a.m. to late in the evening, so it really doesn't matter how early you arrive.

I finally finished the flower basket rug (except for the binding). Now on to the next project. Haven't decided what it will be yet.

Hope to see lots of friends on Wednesday!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

For the Love of Cats

I had been scrolling back through my blog entries and discovered that it's been a long time since I posted any new rughooking patterns. I haven't been working on designs lately and still trying to finish my flower basket rug, plus lots of other stuff that needs to be done.

My cats were the original inspiration for designing rugs. They have such wonderful personalities that I wanted to commemorate in some significant and lasting way. What better to remember them by than making a rug in their honor!

This is Tipper when she was a half-grown kitten (she is now 7 years old). She's sitting in one of the molds that I use in basketmaking.

And this is Tipper's rug. I liked the idea of putting black and white Tipper on a black and white tile floor, with a little red and green thrown in for contrast and to match those amazing emerald green eyes.

Years ago I worked at Chambersburg Hospital as a lab tech.

I found Wizzard walking in the hallway of the hospital one evening when I was leaving work at 11 p.m.! I took her home with me and tried unsuccessfully to find her caretaker. She ended up staying with me, of course. She is now 17 or 18 years old and is totally blind. She spends her time sleeping in the bathroom closet, coming out several times a day for a little walk and a bite to eat.

She's still a sweet and lovable girl.

When she was younger she had a very wise and mysterious quality about her. Since I found her under such unusual circumstances, she seemed kind of magical.

So she became The Cosmic Wizzard in my rug.

My Two Little Cats rug is a small primitive that can be worked in colors to honor the cats of your choice. It measures 18 1/2 x 26 inches.

These patterns, and many more can be ordered through Grant Street Woolworks, 717 860-4628. Or you may contact me.

I hope the next time I post I will have a picture of the completed flower basket rug. It seems as though I have been working on it forever.

Until then, Happy Hooking!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Military Heritage Day

I am a peace-loving person. In fact, PEACE and QUIET are two of my favorite things! But since I work for Great War Militaria as well as the Grant Street Woolworks, and my son and daughter-in-law are a re-enactors, war is a part of my life.

The Army Heritage Museum in Carlisle, PA had it's military heritage day today and Brad and Kami were part of the program.
Here is Nurse Kami looking lovely in her uniform and overcoat. The surgical instruments and supplies are original from WW2. They are from the collection of a man in their unit.

Brad (on the right) and Ollie are standing in front of a large artillery piece that is on permanent display at the museum

These men are in Brad's unit. The motorcycle looks like fun, but I'm not so sure about that deadly looking weapon the one guy is holding.

Below is Frank sitting in front of his tent. Yes, they actually slept in those things last night! Check out the laundry on the line!!!

The heritage day represented every war from French and Indian (1700's) until the present day. Each group is expected to provide a learning experience for the public. Unfortunately we spent so much time talking to Brad's unit that we didn't have time to take pictures of the other displays. It was a lovely day and lots of spectators came out for an opportunity to view the uniforms and equipment from the many different time periods.

Like I stated earlier, war isn't something I advocate. But it was an interesting and enjoyable day.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I Hope the Rainy Season is Over!

First off! A reminder that the monthly hook-in at Grant Street Woolworks will be on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. till ???
All are welcome, whether you are a rughooker or not. Just bring the project of your choice and enjoy the evening out.
As you can see, Deiter often 'helps' me with my computer endeavors! He has just celebrated his second birthday. I think he needs to cut back on the tuna cake! Eighteen pounds and maybe done growing?

Now that the rain seems to be over (for the moment!) I think I can function again. All the wetness had me VERY depressed! Gray is NOT my favorite sky color! We are hoping that the seeds and plants in the garden survive being waterlogged.
Thought I'd add a few extra pictures of the 'stitches' class taught by Doris last Saturday. Especially since there were no pictures of her doing the instructing!

So here she is, explaining a technique to several of our guests from Pittsburg.

Here is a closeup of the project after we had made a small sample of seven different techniques. The finishing touches are being done on the sculpted sheep.
Rick and the two dogs joined us for lunch. Here he is chatting with Linda and Jill.
Doris created this lovely rug and brought it along as an example of how sculpting can be used to enhance a design. The sculpted apples look so real you want to pluck them from the tree and take a bite!
We send our thanks to Doris for sharing her expertise with us! It was a wonderful apportunity to learn some new tricks, share the joy of hooking, and chat while eating a lovely lunch. Thank you Linda for providing the yummies!
Now all we have to do is finish our projects!
Until next time, happy hooking!