Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Progress and Wool Sale

this little cat is definitely a tortie
still mulling over the face

I've got a lot of wool
a lot of pre cut strip I'm tired of looking at
making up some boxes/bags to sell
I don't know how much will go in each package
by weight or yardage 
I'm guessing over 3 yards in the box and 1 1/2 yards in bag
or more
I'm not going to skimp!!!

Option #1

medium flat rate box jammed full of wool
( I will use whichever shape box fits more wool)
$50 + $13.60 priority mail shipping 

Option #2

Tyvek USPS priority mailing envelope
full of wool
$25 + $10 priority mail shipping

Shipping costs are outrageous!
I figure on Option #2 
I will lose some on the shipping
since I don't have a scale
(overcharges will be refunded over $1)

This sale is ONLY for the lower 48 states
 PayPal only
please pay promptly as I will be shipping Saturday morning
all orders not paid by 9 am 8/26 will be cancelled

each box/bags will be a mix of strips and lengths of wool
a nice way to add variety to your stash
wool will be as is and overdyed
I've been collecting wool for over 20 years

this is some of my stash
I'll be pulling wool from
I'm keeping the lightest colors for overdyeing

more and more wool
this is a small fraction of my stash

please email me with your choice
I will send you a PayPal invoice

kankerdoodle @ aol dot com

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Next Up

it took me ages it seems
to hook that little pumpkin
using up nearly all my pre cut orange strips

the background was hard
due to a shortage of dark pre cut strips
not wanting to use dark green

I make up little rules or challenges
for myself when hooking some rugs...

these two pieces were drawn up 
on a smallish piece of linen
fabric stitched along the length to use it on the frame

not sure about the cat design
using the pre cut strips 
means not a dark cat
 gray maybe...


I was going to dye some wool the other day
ended up being too hot and humid
so the wool is hanging on the line
to be soaked again when it cools off!

which looks to be later this week
during my 4 days off
 (regular weekend off and 2 vacation days)

 running low on some dyes too
not going to replace for now
we'll see how make do dyeing goes

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hooking and Stitching

this is as far as I got yesterday
using strips from the worm baskets
out of colors I want to use from here on in
 personal challenge to finish hooking
without cutting another strip


from New England
love those faces

haven't stitched on naything in ages
maybe even since Mom passed in May

log cabins are a perennial favorite
cutting some strips this morning
to put in my work tote


also in my work tote is some car wax
we wax the x ray tables and slide boards
making it easier to move patients on/off from carts

since I'm obviously not keeping up with car waxing...

Wishing you a beautiful Sunday! 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Recent Pins

antique quilts
provide color inspiration
for rug hooking 

 as do antique hooked rugs


gray background
makes the colors shine...

eye candy

Sam Heughan 
Outlander will be back September 10!!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

In No Patricular Order

 Dorr is one of my favorites for wool to overdye 
Oatmeal in particular

wonderful wool to use as-is or overdye
order the swatches for $5 
the best way to get a feel of the wool and see the true colors
wonderful wool to use as-is or overdye
order the swatches for $5 
the best way to get a feel of the wool and see the true colors


If you don't have a local shop selling wool
these are my top suggestions...

I've had a few questions about where I purchase my wool
very little has been purchased in the past 5 years or so
working on decreasing the stash size

get on those mailing lists
you'll find more delicious wool than imaginable

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nice and Simple

a nice simple little mat

the wool is what I used for the background
cut against the stripes


another little freebie pattern from one of my older booklets...
I've never hooked this one
think it's about time!


I can get a lot of hooking done sometimes because...

I live with 2 cats
there is no one here to cook for
no one cares how clean it is (besides me)
no children or grandchildren 
I have no life!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Another Pumpkin

as you can see
another one where I changed my mind
drew this one up last year
 called for a sheep instead of cat when I started hooking
can be drawn up from my new booklet
by mixing up designs

the wool is an older piece
probably from Heavens To Betsy
mixed in with pumpkin wools
it creates a nice sparkle

having a hard time choosing a background

back to work today
still feeling not myself
but I've been to the Dr and he says it's okay
because I am sick of my own company!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hooking Complete

about 18 x 28

am thrilled with how this turned out
mostly cut just what I needed
ended up having to scrounge for some different blues
to finish up

the background is a mix of dark and medium blues, 
dark and medium teal
about half as-is and half overdye

the petal are a mix of four different wool pieces
one as-is
 the middle is one piece of plaid as-is

no before shots of the wool
just thought you'd like to know
scrappy is my thing

this rug will be available for purchase
once the steaming
binding and signing are complete

Friday, August 11, 2017

More Cat

this one has been such fun
if you look closely
you'll see he has a black nose and red mouth

I've had to cut some orange strips for pumpkins.
gold for sunflower 
brown plaid for inner sunflower
now off to cut some blue for the border
trying very hard not to over cut

already thinking ahead to the next rug...
every few minutes I change my mind on which it will be
for sure I know it will be smaller


finally got around to putting a link
to Saundra
I asked her last week (? time flies)
if she would draw up my designs on linen
for folks not wanting to draw their own
any of my designs from past to present

upper right hand corner
just click on the picture of the sheep
to go to her blog to send a message
in the upper right corner


I've been home for a few days sick
with some GI and diabetes issues...
I have made so many changes in the past few years
never enough
I'm not complaining, it could be so much worse

Happy Weekend my friends!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The One With the Cat

not sure about the color for the center of the sunflower
I know some are dark, some are gold...
 time will tell

whether on paper or digital
I have a great love of words and stories
true or imagined
growing up in a home where everyone loved to read
was a real blessing