YEP - it's time for Off the Ocean rug conference!!!! YEAH - yes this is my pile of wool and hooking frame as I was dragging it out last night to pack in the car. I am going to try to breathe life into a big rug that was designed for me but I did not get off to a good start at a previous OTO camp several years ago. The teacher I am working with this year has done several wonderful rugs for me and I have been very pleased with the results. She is also willing to work with my existing wool and just dye a few more colors and try to pull together a cohesive color plan for me. I am excited !!!!!!!! I picked her up at the airport this morning and had a nice lunch before I dropped her at the host hotel and dashed back to work to wrap up a few loose ends before checking into the hotel for 4 blissful days of hooking and visiting with my mom and other friends. A lot of these women I only see once or twice a year so it is a lot of fun. We had another record low here last night but all the snowbirds scoff at me when I talk about 23 being a record low - but hey folks - it's all relative - that is COLD for NE FL. I will be taking photos of my project towards the end of camp and probably my mom's accomplishments and some of my other friends. So next post will be a report on the camp experience this year.
This is a WIP photo of one of my 11 in 2011 Challenge pieces - it is a cowl by designer Debblie Bliss. I am so pleased with how it coming out - I would say I am about 1/3 or 1/2 done with it - it just gets seamed together to make a big circle which you wear loosely around your shoulders or can pull up over your head the way it is pictured in the DB fall/winter magazine. The yarn is a limited edition color by Dream in Color and is their chunky weight wool called Groovy and while I hate knitting with big needles (10.5 US) I do love this fabric - there is a slight cable pattern which you can barely see because the yarn is so busy.
The next WIP to show you is my Plymouth Sampler by the Sampler Company - if you also read Jeanne's Willow Tree Stitcher blog you have seen her GORGEOUS finished and framed Plymouth. I have worked on this occasionally over the past year and it was NOT on my
I am making good progress with my Spanish Mystery sampler and expect to be on target with finishing January's suggested stitching. If you read the Attic newsletter - you will see the January suggested.
I also made a small start on Elizabeth J M Mears - OMG - WHY WHY DID I choose two gigantimous samplers as SAL's this year. I can't wait to get into that mock flame stitch section on Elizabeth but I am missing almost all of those NPI colors and need to order them before I can proceed. Right now I am entering rug hooking heaven and my mind is not on stitching, silks or project goals.
I have been very remiss in rug hooking in 2010 - I had hoped to have 2 big rugs to put in the exhibit - I only had about 10 or 12 hours left on Merrie Halloween plus the binding - I am hanging my head in shame that I did not apply myself more 2 or 3 months ago when the goal could have been attained. I was sitting at my frame on Sunday - frantically hooking and made great progress and then I thought - you silly goose - you can't finish this rug so just give it up. Oh well - no need to beat myself up - it didn't happen - now all that is left is to go and have a marvelous time and enjoy my new project and all my friends.
I appreciate your comments and hope you are making great progress on your WIP's and new starts. Please come back again real soon and enjoy your weekend !