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Monday, October 14, 2013

A New Week

A new week. October is just flying away, I think I know why they say witches fly on brooms, it is to make October fly away too. This is the first time in years and years that we have had a real October. It has been so nice to have chilly mornings, warm afternoons, and blue, blue skies. After a busy weekend, it always feels like I slide in sideways on Monday morning.

The chicken house is almost finished, this weekend Ron got the roof shingled, he even painted it. He got the nest boxes in too. I haven't taken pictures of it yet. It was too dark as I wrote this post. I don't go outside until it is daylight.

I did manage to finish a couple of rugs  Of course, I have not bound the edges. I always post pictures of them not bound. One of these days I will post pictures after I have bound the edges.

I have done this before but I always wanted to do it in brighter colors. So I did. Can you see the kitty foot?
Trying to take pictures with a dog and cat wanting to see everything was hard this morning. I didn't notice it until I uploaded the picture.

This is Cathy Greschners 1820 Sunflower pattern. I did this one again with brighter wool and a black back ground.
I love this pattern, but I had such a hard time with this one this time. When I was drawing out patterns, I used my red dot tracer, but I must have turned it so when I drew out the pattern on burlap, I had a mirror image. I didn't catch it and I couldn't tell why my 1820 looked weird, so I wrote over it and hooked it then it was 2081 then I caught my mistake. I turned it over redrew the pattern on the back side. Then I hooked the numbers again and my 1820 was so large because I over hooked it I guess. I took it out again and rehooked that date again. It still doesn't look right to me. I have laughed and laughed at myself over this one. I am excited I finished it. So now it stays this way.  I am forcing myself to venture out and try new things. To try and be bolder with my hooking.

I did this little design from Jenny Hoffman. I thought I could do it in one day. It took me almost a month. One thing I have noticed about myself, is I loose my ability to do counted cross stitch very fast. My hands get so clumsy if I haven't done it in awhile so I have to start all over and I make myself do it so I won't loose my ability completely. It is like my fingers forget.

This is my current project. I have had this pattern for 15 years at least. When I used to dream about rug hooking when the kids were young, I wanted this rug so bad. Now that I am finally getting to hook it, it is a bit like a dream come true. I keep telling the girls that I know how hard it is when you have a list of all of the things they want to get done but being a mommy, is more important. Because someday, the girls will be old like me now and then they will have time to do all that they dreamed about. Then like me now, I look back and wonder why it seemed so important then and all the ways I wish now I hadn't longed for the days I have now. Babies do grow up too fast.

From Pineberry Lane, this is Fancey Blackett---Shoo! I really do enjoy every single patten I have done from Pineberry Lane but this one really makes me smile. This one is done on 35 count linen but not by me. I got out my linen and started to do this one and I cannot see well enough for linen so I have to go back to this. I really hope I don't have to go back to 14 ct Aida. :)

Anyway, lots of projects this week. Washing windows made it to the top of the list. We have had so many dust storms lately, I need to wash windows so hopefully if we get rain, I will be able to see out.

Have a lovely week,



  1. These are all beautiful projects! I love the 1820 one from Cathy... keep meaning to hook it myself... and the Fancy Blackett is another goodie... i see we share the same habit of thinking projects will take a fraction of the time they actually do! lol!

  2. Oh I do love the sunflower rug! Hope you stick with the cross stitch as Jenny Hoffman has lovely patterns.
    I'm so happy I got my windows cleaned too!

  3. You are busy, woman! I do like to have something to work on when sitting in front of the television. So, I have knitting or stitching usually waiting on my side table. You are doing better and better all the time with your hooking...YAY!!! xo

  4. love the kitty foot!!!!

    and i like the rug you're working on now - might as well just put the cat right in it! :)

  5. love the rugs but I think this entire year has flown by...so it seems.

  6. All your wonderful projects make me smile ! Funny, I thought when I got older I would have more time to do things. But I don't think that is the case. In some ways I have less time. Hmmm, wonder how that happened. ;)

  7. When my gr-kids ask me, "Where did the year go?" (ages 7 and 9), I know that time is truly flying.

  8. October is moving along at a rapid pace. Christmas will be here before we know it.
    All of your projects look so nice.

  9. You know how to keep busy, Kim. Those are some good-looking projects you have completed, plus the ones you are working on completing. I'd say it brings a good feeling of accomplishment when you finish one.

    xo Nellie

  10. Look at all those projects! Does the cool weather make you want to sit with a nice warm rug in your lap? :-)

  11. Hi, yes, October is moving along so fast.....love the hooked rugs, so beautiful....Blessings Francine.

  12. Busy girl! Love the projects. The 1820 story is funny. I would do that ;). That new (old) pattern is great. I've never seen it before. I can't believe October is half gone already.

  13. Well looks like you have been nice and busy...love all of your projects! your right too, soo many things I was always anxious to get to, only to wonder now why they seemed so important. If only we could get the young ones to listen to us...think they will? Enjoy your week!

  14. You keep so busy with your handiwork, Kim. It must be very calming and gratifying!
    I think my favorite this time is your pumpkin Halloween rug.
    I wish you hadn't mentioned window, because now I'm reminded of how dirty mine are!

  15. Good evening Kim, I cannot believe how quickly this month is going, I ventured into Walmart and Kohls the other day and both were decked out for Christmas. I am so not ready...I love your projects, the only projects I seem to accomplish is showing Travis how to color and fingerpaint!!! Blessings...

  16. Of course, kitty wanted to be in your picture! Or maybe curled up on that rug! I'm glad you're having such beautiful weather. That's how October's supposed to be!

  17. I love all the projects!
    love kitty foot!
    keep the date, it adds age & character.
    I do little cross stitch, too much for my eyes also!

  18. You sound so much like me...lots of projects going at one time...Rug hooking is something I haven't tried but would like to one day....Your rugs just awesome....Weren't you going to let us know when you had some for sale?
    I can't wait to see the chicken coop....

  19. Oh I'm so glad you're getting so many projects done. I hope your wrist isn't bugging you too much. I really like that crow. It's just been the best October so far hasn't it? :)

  20. See you are busy as usual! Glad the Bumblewood debut went well! Impressed with her creativity and entrepreneurship! She is brave! Glad you are enjoying your Oct...we are having a nice one, too!

  21. Kim, you and I are busy ladies but I wish I had time for needlework of some kind. Lately I seem to work from morning till I go to bed at night.

    All your projects are beautiful. You must have quite a collection by now.

    I can't believe how fast October is moving along. It's the 14th and I had to do the Payroll deductions and pay some bills online this evening so I'm lagging behind with my comments and I'm so sleepy.
    Have a great week.

  22. I agree with you about cross stitch - it's easy to get rusty!
    Your rugs are perfection! I love them!

  23. You've been productive!! Good for you!

    October is really flying by ... doesn't seem possible that the month is already over half done.

    One of the reasons I gave up counted cross stitch is that I could no longer do linens. Even 18-count evenweave fabrics were getting difficult to see. :-( But I rediscovered my love of quilting, so it's all good.

  24. Oh Kim your are so very talented I love your work and the kitty paw:)
    I agree our children grow up too fast. B


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