Fixing the Grain Field


Initially I was pleased with the way the field turned out, but that didn’t last long. The more I looked at it, the more I realized that the entire colour was wrong….too orange. The deciding blow came when I took it outside on my way to the wool shop and realized that in the natural light, the oranges didn’t even match! I would never be happy with it so……DSCN1546

….out it came. My plan was to dye wool in an appropriate yellow, and I even had the wool soaking and had searched through my dyes and colour charts for the best option.

As luck would have it, my granddaughter came for a visit. She had tried hooking on several other visits, and first decided she liked hooking with yarn, and then discovered the punch needle. ….a perfect fit for her. While here, she received a wonderful package of an entire set of Amy Oxford punches. What a treat! I think I was as excited about them as she was. We headed off to Coldwater for a day out which would include a visit to “The Purple Sock” and looking for wonderful wool for her to try with her new punches. Amongst the beautiful yarn, was a basket of sari silk twists, and I came home with this beautiful yellow to use for my grain field.DSCN1547

Once it was wound into a ball, Akuma and Akira inspected it and approved. I split the strips and cut off the shreddings  and got to work.This was the rough version….DSCN1548


….which I tweaked by adding bits to the voids.DSCN1551


I really like the sheen of the sari silk, as if the light it catching it.

Now to have fun trying to create a prairie sky. I’m using wool strips and a variety of yarns. Not sure how it will turn out, but I’m having fun experimenting with it.

On a somber personal note…my heart is heavy today. We said goodbye to our  beloved Standard Schnauzer Baxter yesterday. He was 16 1/2 years old and had had a wonderful life, giving us years of laughter, loyalty and mischief. He was our constant companion, snow ball hunter, and eavesdropper to every conversation.  I awoke this morning to find his buddy Akuma sitting forlornly beside his empty bed. The house is silent today without him and my tears are still frequent.


Thanks for stopping by.


12 thoughts on “Fixing the Grain Field

  1. Sooo sorry, Elizabeth! I know how that feels,, awful,,,
    Even tho they had good lifes , its hard!
    Love ur field,,, wow,,, wonderful,,,
    Glad ur grand daughter loves punching,,, so much lovely yarns now!!
    Take care,,,,

    • So nice to hear from you Elaine. Losing a pet is an experience suffered by many, and the comforting words and understanding have been so touching and helped a lot.
      Hopefully I can get back to my hooking with more enthusiasm in the near future.
      I’m delighted that my granddaughter is becoming involved with punching…the yarns make me drool. I’m starting to use them more frequently in my hooking for special effects.

  2. Our Westie went away after 18 years, that was 6 years ago and I still miss my little friend every day.
    You will keep all the lovely memories and they will help with your sadness, I feel for you at this sad time.
    I love the field with the sari silk bye the way.

    • Thanks for the comforting words Janet. I have had dogs all my life, and yet this is the most difficult parting. In part because at my age, I don’t plan to have another, and partly because he was such a wonderful dog, an independent thinker and true member of the family. The longevity of your dear Westie was remarkable but it doesn’t make the loss easier to bear does it.

  3. Elizabeth, the golden field is just right. Good for you!
    I have not had anything from you I thought you had taken a holiday.
    What happened to the two woman?
    Anne B.

    • Hi Anne……no holiday. I just got sick of hooking the arch and was coming to dislike the whole ‘virgins’ piece….so I decided to pack it up for awhile and hook something entirely different until my attitude showed improvement! I’m actually looking forward to getting back to it now.

  4. Elizabeth

    My condolences on the loss of your beloved pet. They are certainly a cherished family
    Beautiful sari silk.

    • Thanks so much Suzanne. A few days along and it is getting a little easier. Ray and I were able to reminisce this morning about his wonderful , independent personality and that felt good.
      My first time using so much sari silk…I found it difficult to hook, but I like the end result.

  5. I’m sorry for your loss. Baxter will always remain a part of your heart, as will your treasured times together.
    Carol b

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