Wednesday, January 9, 2013

If at first.....

You don't succeed, try, try again.  That was my story at the rughooking workshop with Eric this week.
I had bought a pattern that Eric had originally drawn for the late Nancy Thompson.  It was a copy of an antique thirties type rug that belonged to Nancy's sister, and I had a photo of the rug that Nancy hooked.  I could envision this "old timey" stylized thirties rug in my guest bedroom alongside the thirties repro and antique quilts.  I loved it as Nancy had hooked it, but with a few minor color changes.... the style was perfect.  This is Nancy's rug:

This is my first attempt.  Cute, primitive, but NOT in the thirties style I wanted.

And, finally, today.........success!!  I love it when what you want finally comes together.  Now it will be packed away until I finish the scroll rug.  But it will be fun to know it is awaiting my attention (along with a gazillion other projects).  No more new starts anytime soon.

It was a really congenial group.  Lots of fun, laughter, instruction and wool.  And three days spent with my very best friends.......catching up on life during our rides to and from Atlanta.  I am so blessed to have such good friends; friends who also enjoy doing the things that I enjoy.

On Monday we celebrated Kathie's birthday with cake........and then again on Tuesday at Carraba's.

Have you ever had a friend who could do anything........I mean really, so talented........and who is incredibly humble and kind on top of it all.  Well, that is Diane, who gifted me with these lovely, warm hand knit, fingerless gloves (with yarn from her time in Germany no less).  She says they are to wear on cold mornings when I go to the chicken yard.  I just don't think I could do that to them.  They are far too wonderful.  The photo doesn't do them justice.

I have been knitting on the "Dummy Clap Shawl" for far too long.  And it is really easy, though, alas, Diane has had to bail me out once already. Hopefully it will be finished in the next few days.

Tonight I am weary and can't concentrate enough to work on my projects, so I am just taking it easy.
Hope you have an opportunity to do the same.

Not having to worry about going to work
A husband who understands and facilitates my need for hobbies and friends.
Warm winter slippers.

Take care,


  1. Love the colors in your rug Jennie. Hugs!

  2. What a beautiful rug ~ love your start! All your projects and gifts are lovely and your "gratitudes" really speak to me!

    be well today, and every day!