Monday, October 26, 2009

Meditation Rug

Good morning! Have you missed me?!!! I missed you all! I have been thinking that I needed to get back on and blog...(for all of you out there that have been holding your breath? You can let it out now! LOL).

I have been working on my hooking projects...(noooo, silly people...not on the street corners in my classic red dress and black fishnet hose.....), but on my RUG hooking projects. I joined the "10 Minutes A Day Rug Hooking" far, so good. Not content to leave it at that? I also joined a "Meditation Rug" Challenge". April, who is in charge of the group....will give us a word on the 1st of the month, and we are to design and hook a 12" x 12" square. It lasts for 12 months, and at the end of the 12 months, we will all have a large rug, and it will be filled with items that mean something personally to us. I LOVED that idea! I said "SIGN ME UP"....and she did!!!

So, I needed to get some more fabric (bummer on that, right?), and then do some thinking, and then do some drawing.......we will be on square 3 on Sunday. So, I am right where I should be...fabric bought....and panicked and see, I can think......I can (and have), draw out the lines and squares.....but I cannot make my mind up.....and I cannot DRAW!!! All of my hooking has been on pre-drawn Monks Cloth. So, last night.....with all the lines drawn on.........I put my pen to the fabric....and DREW! Yes, I did!!! And then, I CHOSE MY COLORS!! Uh huh....chose those puppies with nary a thought!!! (so, I will admit here...all the colors that I have? Are the Fall colors, my most favorite really, it was almost a no brainer...., but I do like to think that I did more than put my hand in my basket of tangled worms, and yank out a handful....close my eyes and just grab one.....I mean really, why would I do that?).....Then, I put the hook to my backing...and I hooked....and while I hooked, I meditated about the first word, which is "Turning". Took a photo, as I promised one on the Forum I would...(a day late), and looked at the looked much better than the original work. You see.....I don't think I am a Primitive Hooker....or, to put it more bluntly...I DO NOT LIKE USING 1/4" strips......I have decided that I am a 1/8" hooker.....I just don't like what I did!! Of course, if I could just look at it through the lens.....LOL! What I have done previously is the 1/4", (or #8 cut), and I have done wool yarn. I will be studying this square....shall I keep it or not? I have just ordered lots of the smaller cut.....I may have to reverse hook it, as I just am not happy with it.....and I have lots more to do!!! Looking at the photo now...I probably should have trimmed the wool before taking the photo! But it is the general idea...although........sigh.......

On to other things.....Bob came home for a quick visit. We had a great time! It was good to see him, and catch up on things! Here is a shot of Bob and Grandma:
And Bob with Dad:
Now, Max is 6' you can see that Bob is tall!

What else have been doing? just goes by in such a blur! I'm not sure what all has been going on!

We have had a fairly regular visitor......This is Watts.....and as you can't have October without a black cat or two! We awoke to rain and wind this morning. I love a good storm! However, the rain ended and the wind laid Max thought he would get his walk in. That was about 1/2 hour ago. So.....he should be about a third to half done on his walk. Guess what? It just started to pour and the wind just hit again. My man is going to be wet! So, I think I will close this, light some candles (after all, why have a storm with no candles?), and do a bit more on one of my rug projects. What better way to spend a stormy day?


woolyredrug said...

Hi Jan,
Thanks for stopping by over at my blog. I hope my post on pulling loops will be helpful to you!
I took a close look at the piece you are working on and it's looking good! One suggestion I have is to pull your loops a bit higher...then you won't see backing showing thru between the loops. Your loop height should be approximately the same as the width of your strip...1/4" strip...1/4" high loops. Try laying a strip on it's side next to your row as a measuring gauge.

Hope you don't mind me putting in my 2 cents worth of advice here!

Happy Hookin' ~ Laurie

Kim said...

Congrats for starting the reflections rug! Your flower looks great. I'm not a #8 girl either...I prefer a #5 or 6. It takes awhile to figure out what works for you.
PS Today when work is slow (haha) I'm going to read your blog. Just found it!

Jan said...

Hi, Laurie!! I don't mind a bit...I will give that a try! I just am not happy with it! That may be what the problem is! Thanks again!

Jan said...

Hi, Kim! Thanks! My flower is driving me nuts!! I know that as I work it, it should look better....okay, that's what I am hoping will happen!

ShabbySheep said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for praying for me. You sound like a beautiful and caring woman. Let's stay in touch.

Jan said...

Sheri, We will keep in touch! I am here if you ever need to talk... Prayers on their way!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Yes, you have been missed and it's fun seeing your new projects. Best wishes on seeing them all through to completion.

Jan said...

Sandra, I find that I really miss blogging when I am off! I am so hoping that I can get this is going to be a challenge!

Donna said...

Hey, stranger! That rughooking sure is looking good! I've done a bit a couple of years ago and set it aside, like a million other projects. But I adore the end results!

Jan said...

Hey, Donna! I love the end results's just getting there!! I would hate to count all the unfinished projects I have....I would run out of fingers and toes REALLY fast!