Wednesday, July 23, 2014

scrappy mats X 2

At tonight's hooking in St. Andrews there was 3. Sandra, Susan and me.
Susan was finishing up a chair pad that was a nice combination of colours. Golds, I'd say.  We thought about whether when you finished it was when you finished hooking or when it was completed.  I guess either one works.
Sandra was starting a new hit or miss mat.  She has a scale basket full of worms. This new mat  has a heart in every other block and four small blocks in the alternate block.  She is hooking the small blocks in outline with bright colours.
I am still working on the American Quilt pattern by Carolyn Buttolph and using up Wool of the Month.  This is the second rug of this pattern that I have made and I can't decide how to hook it.  I keep changing my mind as to what wool to put where so I spend a lot of time just looking at it all.  Very enjoyable evening.
Next time I will take a camera.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Another Rainy Wednesday

It seems that for months and months Wednesday nights have been bad for driving.  Tonight was no exception with rain at times heavy and fog.  I noticed a Mama Turkey with several babies on the way to St. Andrews last Sunday evening.  She was one big Mama.  I would hate to run into her on the road.

Normally I don't mind driving but I went to Calais looking for plastic knives strong enough to cut steak this morning and tomorrow I have to go to St. John.  I hope what I bought works out for my husband's Trap Shoot on Saturday. (I tried them on Shake and Bake chicken and they cut pretty good.)  I have also been volunteered to make chocolate chip cookies and Caesar Salad.

Add to that list my quilting group is hosting a quilt show on Friday and Saturday in St. George and I am trying to put the binding on the last of 3 scrappy quilts.  I said in passing to my husband, "Who would have imagined that there was that much fabric in my sewing room?" and he raised his hand.  I had to laugh at that.

I can't sleep tonight because I started to think just as soon as I got into bed.  I started to read and I found a slip of paper in the book that said, "Give me coffee to change the things I can change and wine to accept the things I can't."  I don't know who wrote it but it would make a great rug.  That is when I decided to get up and turn the computer on and look at Rug Hooking Daily and Facebook Rug Group.  Then I checked to see if I had won the lottery but I still don't know because I would have to get up and find the ticket to check it.

Next week I hope to get back to the hooking.  With the scraps all sewed together I now have room for wool and I can sort it into colour groups.  I should take a road trip and look at wool and rugs.  I think Nova Scotia is a good place for that and I may just get up some morning and go.  Weather and turkeys permitting.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Knit East 2015

 Last year KnitEast was held at the Algonquin, the W. C. O'Neill Arena Complex and also Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Center in St. Andrews. Knitting classes were held at the Algonquin and the Arena hosted vendors with a marvelous selection of yarns and knitted goods.
A rug hooking workshop with Celia Charlton on Landscapes was held at Sunbury Shores.
With about 9 participants we had lots of one on one time with Celia who was challenged with a diverse choice of landscapes.  There was a close-up of a tree, a light house, a mountain,  a house and fields, and everything in-between.
Celia is a wonderful great teacher who gave us tips on bringing the best out of our choices and our wool.
I am looking forward to another Knit East and I hope I have my mat finished before then.