Thursday, February 05, 2015

FIRST FINISHES OF 2015 AND ANOTHER RETREAT

As usual I can't get blogger to cooperate.  So February greetings to all my blog friends !  I wanted that to be my first line - instead you are seeing my first finish for 2015.  It is Outlier by Laura Aylor
It is a cowl/poncho type accessory.  I loved making it !  It was a KAL with Laura's Rav group and it is knit with a new to me yarn - Malabrigo Chunky.  The color is HollyHock and is it a very cheery color to use for winter knitting.

I am trying to participate with the Little House Needlework/Country Cottage Needlework Facebook group Ornament a Month goal that Vonna is cheerleading.  Missed this finish by one day and finished on Feb 1st.  I had a good excuse - I was at a retreat - more later on that.  This ornament is the first in the Sampler Tree series which Vonna is stitching and finishing for LHN.  Old Colonial was fun to do and I am anxiously awaiting the next one Oh Christmas Tree and also the new one from CCN - Oh Come let us Adore Him.  A DF and fellow duClay EGA member asked how I will finish it - oh my - I don't know - I can't decide if I would finish them all the same or each one different or like Vonna is doing 4 the same and then changing it up. 

Look I'm famous !! and I have the tag to prove it .  Just kidding, this lovely gift was made for me and sent by Lauren over at Rugs and Pugs.  What a sweetheart - I was soooo excited when my DF Katie gave me the envelope from Lauren in with some other of her creations she sent to sell at the Off the Ocean rug camp store in January.  I have worn it A LOT and it is sure a treasure. 

This green blob is a Sockhead hat my DH requested I make for him. He saw one this color on the designers page and we set out to find a similar color.  It's a new to me yarn Abstract from Portland I believe.

I spent this past weekend at a retreat that Gloria from Olde Green Cupboard Designs puts on about 4 times a year at Camp Blanding.  It is mostly quilters but we always have a table or two of rug hookers.  Here is a darling design done by DF Denise.  She said this was her first hooking project.  What a sweet chair mat.  She was finished with the hooking but worked on the binding, how clever to use quilting material.

This is my mom's Uncle Sam's hat by Polly Minick.  She put in a little backround but you can't see it, this is going to be a great patriotic mat to display all summer.  Great job Mom !

Next up is DF Henri's chickadees.  This runner is gorgeous - She is in the home stretch with just a little backround left and then a small border.  This is done in a 3 cut and so realistic. 

Another finish for Denise - this was a kit from Polly Minick.  Two Chickens - how darling and it's larger than it looks.  Denise is on a roll with her finishing.

This is my new focus rug for 2015 - It is my Adam and Eve cube stool cover.  I have been working on this a little here and there for years.  It was started in Sebring in a class with DF Katie Puckett.  She adapted it from an antique sampler.  All I did was hook leaves - dozens of them but as you can see - I only have a small patch of leaves left and one motif to finish and then the backround and borders.  It is going to be a real pain to match those borders.  I love this design -


Here is a close up of Eve and the small patch of leaves left.  isn't the snake awesome.
Adam's side is finished except for backround and border.  I love how he came out and the flower.  This rug is hooked in mostly a 4 but there is quite a bit of 3 cut for the smaller details.  Lots of this wool is leftover from other projects.  Katie dyed the blue dip dye for the sky and the backround which will be my favorite aged sampler color.  The tree of life appearing on all 4 sides was something Diane Stoffel dyed.  Hopefully this will be another finish for 2015
 
well friends - that concludes the tour of what I've been up to lately.  I'm hoping all of you in snow country are doing OK and getting lots of work done on your favorite projects.  Hope to be back again in February to check in on what I've been able to accomplish.  Until then I leave you with warm and "wooley thoughts"
 

9 comments:

Nancy said...

Every type of needlework you do is always so pretty! Thanks for sharing the other hooked projects!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Absolutely love your A & E! So much detail in that one. It's going to be stunning when you finish. Thanks for showing it!

Henrietta Allegrante said...

Enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing these
great photos!!!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

OH my I adore your sweet necklace! That is so cool! The wee little sheep :) Darling! The Adam and Eve is going to be STUPENDOUS!!!
Your Old Colonial is a darling too! ;)
I've always wanted to be a cheerleader! HA!
HUGS!

Margaret said...

That A&E piece stopped me in my tracks. Gorgeous! I just love it! I hope you show a lot of this one. lol! I also love your shawl -- what a pretty color! The design is lovely too! Hooray on the ornament finish too -- a day late is fine to me.

Jackie said...

I think when I saw your Adam and Eve stool that you either hadn't started it or had very little done. I've always LOVED it and it looks AMAZING! I really love your mom's patriotic rug too.

Great finishes too! Starting off the year strong!

Rugs and Pugs said...

You have been a busy lady!
That footstool cover is breathtaking. I cannot even imagine hooking in a 3 or 4 cut. You go girl.
So happy you like your necklace.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Karoline said...

Gorgeous finish, I love the colour. Your A & E rug is stunning, I look forward to seeing your progress over the year.
It sounds like you've had a great time at your retreats, you all did lovely work.

Susan said...

Read your post when you first published it but didn't get a chance to comment.. Your A&E rug has so much detail and it's gorgeous! Glad you enjoyed the retreat, and thanks for sharing all the other rugs. I love looking at them!