Sunday, January 05, 2014


Lots of people at our EGA chapter meeting yesterday were talking about cleaning out, organizing and donating stuff, going thru WIP's and UFOs and I guess that is normal for most people to look at how they can meet goals for their needlework in the new year.

Me - nah !  I have a very project oriented job as an IT director and I don't do "goals" in my needlework life.  I just float thru doing exactly what I want to do when I want to do it.  I do like to challenge myself and I had fun doing that last year with an online shop I like called The Loopy Ewe - they have challenges all thru the year to keep knitters motivated and in my last post I showed a lot of knitting projects I finished - I was happy with the results.

Stitching - ahhhhh - not so much accomplished last year - maybe this year will be better.

I am also going to make an effort to post more to my blog and maybe just not wait to have big finishes but just pop in with a few photos more frequently.  Today is one of those days.  I just wanted to pop in with a new years post - say hello and thank all my blog followers - tell each of you how much I appreciate your support and comments thru the year.  I've been blogging for a long time and I still find it rewarding - more intimate than FB which scares me somewhat and I don't know why.

Anyway - I finished a beautiful knitted hat in late December but I just couldn't get a good photo of it at night in my house so today I snapped a decent photo of it.

This is knit with Louisa Harding Grace Hand dyed which is a 50/50 silk merino and now discontinued.  I fought with the yarn in the beginning but liked the finished hat so much I ordered some more off ebay.

More woolly goodies came in the mail - this is chunky yarn Rowan Drift which will become a vest I hope.  I could use it now with this arctic blast coming our way.  Funny but today it's going to be almost 70 here in the deep south - hard to believe it is going to plummet to 18 on Tues morning.  I know some of you are scoffing at this comment but remember our homes here are not built to withstand those temps.  We have rooms with entire walls of glass and in our master bedroom it feels like you are outside when it is that cold.  No way can our house be heated in 18 degrees so all the wool will be coming out to keep us warm.

Plundering the stash last night - when a visit to my beautiful antique needlepoint rug canvas was in order.  I don't work on it very often anymore - actually - I bought this rug from the former owner of our LNS many years ago before I started rug hooking.  She got it from a friend of hers who was a long time needlepointer and shop owner in New England and had a vast stash of personal treasures.  Upon her passing away her daughter was so overwhelmed with her stash she started calling everyone in her mothers phone book to see if they wanted to purchase any of her beloved stash.  That is how my friend got this canvas.  She let me look thru what she had obtained and I was so taken with this canvas.  She figured based on the linen and style that the rug was at least 50 years old at that point and that was at least 15 years ago that I purchased the canvas.

  I collected the Appleton Tapestry wool over a few months time making frequent trips to a shop in St Simons Island Ga that actually carried this beautiful yarn.   Sadly that shop is gone now.   
This is a large rug - it is on linen backing and was line drawn and then painted on the canvas. 

I think I have 100 skeins or more of the tapestry yarn.  You can't see from the photo above but it is being worked in a cross stitch because 1 strand of tapestry didn't cover the canvas and we decided that it was less expensive to do a cross stitch than to have to use a double strand of tapestry wool.
It is a project I will probably never finish in my lifetime because when I want to work on big huge rugs - I am usually hooking them not needlepointing them.  However when it is very cold - I always gravitate towards this project.  It is warm on my lap and covers me up while I'm working on it.
OK who's ready for the Downton Abbey season premiere tonight ME ME ME !!!!!!!!!  Another shop I like Jimmy Beans Wool is doing  a Downton KAL with a specially dyed colorway called Bated Breath - HA - it is a manly type of color and I didn't order it but I think I will pull out my Christmas at Downton a special colorway dyed last year for this same KAL by Lornas Laces. I'd like to start a new shawl which I will work on each work during the show.  Since I always have startitis big time in January - what the heck !!!  what's another project on the plate.
Now I must rush off to peruse my RAV library and find a shawl pattern to use. 
Hope you are all happy with the start of the new year.  Friends in the cold country please be safe.  Sending you warm and wooly-thoughts !


Margaret said...

Oh my -- I didn't know there were yarns being dyed for Downton fans! So much fun! I am in love with your needlepoint rug. wow! Just gorgeous, and I love seeing all the wools you've collected for it as well. The hat is gorgeous! The yarn is wonderful too -- looking forward to seeing a vest appear! I need to check out Loopy Ewe for their challenges. Sounds interesting!

Jackie said...

Looking forward to watching your Downton shawl unfold! I'll be knitting on my cowl. Maybe I'll join in one of the Loopy Challenges for the first time this year.

The rug is gorgeous! I can't help but think that the original owner would be super happy that you've been working on it.

Rugs and Pugs said...

So good to hear from you again!
You always have the most wonderful projects. Can you even guesstimate how many WIPs you
Stay warm. I am sure those are frigid temps for you. Heck, they are for me, too. I don't belong in Ohio!
Hugs :)

Gwen said...

Love, love,love your hat. The rug is quite and undertaking, hope that yarn you have collected will be enough. The yarn looks wonderful.
See you in the FB SAls. :-)

Karoline said...

Lovely hat and the rug is stunning. Every so often I get tempted by one of the Ehrman rugs then I remember just how long it takes me to do a cushion!

Kim said...

Love that hat, Mel, and my word that rug is going to be stunning when you finish it! And I know you'll finish it someday! I hear you on the temps dropping. While we just recently escaped South Dakota winters, these low temps are wreaking havoc on our electric bill here in Dallas, as our heat pump can't keep up! But I think it will be short lived, thank goodness!

Jeanne said...

I could've written part of your post myself Melanie as I have the same good more often on my blog and I too don't make specific goals. I get what I can done and that's all I can manage. My crazy job is causing me a lot of work travel and stress so anything I do get done is a bonus.

That's an enormous and awesome rug...but boy is it ever intimidating! It reminds me reading about a rug Barbara Bush made that I saw photos of in the White House. Things like those are treasures of a lifetime.

I just caught up with this season's Downton Abbey shows last night. I'm still not quite over losing Matthew sniff sniff. Happy new year and all good things I wish for you!

Jeanne said...

oops I meant to type Melody not Melanie...pardon the slip-up!

sarasue828 said...

Melody, Congratulations! I was not aware you had gotten married. So happy for you. Sitting here looking at a snowy outside. I think our Fernandina days are over. Dan has had a rough year. A cough he can't get rid of but sinus surgery (soon, I hope) will take care of it.