Passing It On

Last summer when my granddaughter Olivia visited, we enjoyed dyeing wool together, but she felt she didn’t have the patience to try hooking. This year however (with a little pep talk from Nami..”.unlike knitting or crocheting, you can jump all over the place if you get bored doing one colour”)…she asked if she could try it. 

She decided on a 9″ x 9″ size, and I sent her off to draw her pattern. Much to my surprise, she was back in no time flat with her wonderful little duck. 


We transferred it onto red dot, and then onto a piece of linen. I had lots of existing wool for the water, sky, and umbrella, but my yellow stash is limited. So we took  pale yellow wool and used the transitional dye technique using some oranges and rusts, to create some textured colour for the duck, with some darker parts for the wing.


A great dyeing technique for a beginner….no dye…no soaking….and immediate results. (The pale yellow she used for the duck after it was dyed…. is on the bottom)


I don’t have an extra bent hook, and I wanted her to be able to take all her equipment home to Regina with her, so I gave her a medium shank Hartman. Olivia is left handed, and has a very unusual way of holding a pencil, so I just left her to find a grip that was comfortable for her. This is what worked for her…and she took to pulling loops ‘like a duck to water’.


I gave her the wooden frame I used for the longest time, until I purchased a floor frame. I can’t comfortably hook with just a hoop, and I love this little frame as it lets you work hands free. It uses clamps to hold the linen taut…and I could only find 5, so a trip to the store was necessary the next day to get more.


I love how she was so fearless in creating the water with a variety of blues.


She hooked for hours over the next 2 days, and by the time she left this morning it was well on the way to completion! I just love this little fellow, and I’m so proud of her accomplishment. She said what she liked best, was that she could create her own pattern.


She’s off now to visit other Ontario grandparents, with a second piece of linen ready to add a pattern on, and a large bag of worms in a wide variety of colours, her own frame, hook and scissors, and a pile of enthusiasm.

I think she’s hooked!

Figuring Out Stripes

I finished the top of the footstool, and figured I was home free. The rest would be easy. I knew I wanted the sides striped, so I cut strips of all the colours I’d used in the top, and proceeded to do the sides in a thoughtful ‘hit and miss’.

Good grief!! It looked like a garish circus tent!


That’s not the effect I wanted at all.

So I thought if I used the background taupe colour much more frequently, that would tone it down.


This is not as bright…but still not the effect I’m after….so I hung it up and stared at it through the course of an evening to figure out what to do. 

I eventually came to the conclusion that the straight lines didn’t go with the rather free flowing top and scroll….they needed to be much more flexible. ….and it was still too bright.


I started again using bent and or wiggly lines.


…and I used 2 or 3 strips of taupe together to dull it down even more, and all but eliminated the very lightest and brightest colours from the top


It took me awhile, and some trial and error…but I’m on the right track now. 


This is the effect I was looking for. It feels more connected to the top and compliments it…rather than overpowering it.


One side finished…but now of course…a new snag. I’ve hooked the bottom section going across, and was very careful that the end of each row was in the same ditch as the row coming down….however…as you can see from the picture….it seems to dip in at the bottom. I think that’s because the width of the loop of the #8 cut is wider than when it is hooked the other direction. Now I have to decide if that will sort itself out when it is joined…or should I add another loop on each end so it is visually straight.. Anyone have any suggestions?

Port Severn Get Together

Rughookers don’t need much of an excuse for a get together. Michelle, a rughooker from Maryland put out the message on Yahookers that she was vacationing in Port Severn, so what better chance for some Canadian locals to say hello, and welcome.


Ten of us met at a park on Glouster pool in the village of Port Severn for lunch, hooking, and fun.


This time, I took the picture, so Mary Lou could be in it.


We spread ourselves out under the trees, and in the shade. It was a very hot day by our standards  about 30C , but there was a lovely breeze making it quite comfortable.


It was great that Luise was feeling better and could join us.


She’s working on her barn project.


Here’s our guest of honour..Michelle…from Maryland…enjoying her first trip to Canada.


She is beginning a ‘fish’ kit she picked up at the Purple Sock….appropriate, since fishing has been a favourite activity of her son and husband this week.


Marie, our area rep to OHCG joined us


….and here is her ‘work in progress’…sorry Marie…I should have cropped this picture….(everyone…keep your eyes down….just look at the wonderful hooking she is doing)


Mary Lou popped over by boat from Honey Harbour….bringing brownies and lemonade, as well as her hooking.


Sheila arrived from Singhampton, and is ready to start her barn project.


Cynthia and I came from Orillia….just a 30 minute drive.


Cynthia is doing Wanda Kerr’s Whacky Wednesday challenge. Wanda gave (I think it was 6) words…and you were to record the colour that popped into your mind when you heard that word….then use those colours to create a hooked piece. I just love what Cynthia is creating! I must try this….but then I’m not as creative as Cynthia.


Edie is being supervised by her hubby while she hooks.


Darlene and Ann had hooked all morning in another location…and were more interested in having lunch.  (They both hooked later with full tummies) 

We had a bit of a ‘show and tell’ to share our work.


Michelle has used amazing gold ribbon to create the spectacular vase on this
floral arrangement.


Mary Lou shared the background story of this beautiful oriental.


This is Edie’s wonderful pictorial….she says she works a bit on it every summer.


We had to keep changing our location to stay in the shade.

Such a wonderful day of fun, and friendship as well as hooking. Great story telling too! 


Cynthia was literally rolling on the ground while Ann recounted the story of reporting the theft of 6 pairs of brightly dyed men’s long underwear. 

Tour Hooking

One of my favourite summer activities is watching the Tour de France while hooking. The race is exciting…but Oh…those chateaus and the French countryside are breath taking! Since it’s on from 8 til 11:30 each morning for 3 weeks…I get quite a bit of hooking accomplished. 

This summer’s project is my footstool. When I’m hooking padula flowers, it’s fun to try different effects to make them colourful and interesting. There were 4 flowers with circle centres, and I tried 3 different ways to hook them.


This one is the most straightforward…just a cat’s paw.


I tried a pin wheel effect for this one.


This is my favourite….filling it in by halves, then quarters, then eighths. I first used this in my  Fat Cat Rug, and did a teeny version here.

All the flowers had a few false starts, but this rose type one caused me the most difficulty.


I started with something I can’t even remember now, and ripped it out, then thought I’d use the pale yellow, turquoise, and outline it with a turquoise/purple wool that I liked, but I decided that it didn’t work to introduce a whole new colour (purple).


Then I tried the pale yellow with turquoise outlining, but it was overshadowed but the other much more vibrant flowers. I tried a sort of internal lighter turquoise petal in the large petals, and ripped that out too.


This is what I ended up with…the variety of 4 turquoises, with it primarily the light shade. It is my least favourite of the 5 flowers, but I like how it looks with the others.

For the scroll, I dyed a huge long piece of wool using the dump dye method. If I had done it corrctly, I would have first hooked 1/2 of a scroll section, removed the strip, then used a piece of wool that long to dye. I’m getting down on my supply of natural Dorr at the moment, so I used what I had, which wasn’t quite long enough. This meant I had to try a variety of methods to get a look I liked, that I could replicate in each section…..I finally settled on starting with the light end at the scroll part, working toward the centre, then starting where it ended with a dark end on both side until it met in the middle. I took a series of pictures as I went along…too bad I can’t use them like a “flip cartoon ” so it could be hooked in front of your eyes!


The first time I tried, I started in the middle, worked toward the scroll, then ended with some pure lime green…..but it was too light, and not enough character in the solid coloured wool. (I seldom like solid wool now, and once that as all I used. Now I like it blotchy)


Still experimenting…


Now I’ve got it figured out…and the top left scroll will come out.


There…the scrolls and outline are complete. Now how to fill it in??


I want some contrast in the middle…


The scroll’s done. Now I’m working on those tiny turquoise’s fiddley hooking aro
und them! The sides will be hit and miss stripes using all the wool from the top. I don’t have a lot left of some of it…so I’ll have to divide it in 4, so I have the same amounts for each side.

Tomorrow is a rest day for the bike riders….no tour….I may have withdrawal symptoms!