almost done…

whew!  it’s hot here!  so, not a lot of hooking, but i am almost done with miss b’s turkey.

“yep, she’s almost done.” ~the oatsy

otis is my project manager.  thank you, otis, for keeping on top of things!  as i said, i’m almost done with miss b’s turkey.

“this part looks ok.” ~elly-belly

ellis is in charge of quality control.  thank you for checking my loops, ellis.  so, anyway, the rug…

“hey! where are my workers?” ~lilly-kins

lilly is in charge of hiring and firing.  she keeps the boys in line.  thank you, lilly!

one small corner to go

i’ve had some questions from a few of you about what size the rug is and the colors i’m using.  i’ll try to answer those next time!

 

wishing you warm days and cool nights…

 

~rebecca

 

turkey progress…

our heat wave broke, at last, so i was able to get back to miss b’s turkey.  here’s a picture of how far i’ve come…

“hello!” ~the oatsy

well, i can say, without reservation, that otis looks lovely, but how about miss b’s turkey?…

“i think it looks swell!” ~elly belly

ellis looks every bit as handsome as otis, but the rug?  the rug?…

“what? you want to see what? the rug? sheesh, these people. they don’t know a good thing when they see a cat or two.” ~otis

well, here, at last, it is…

miss b’s turkey progress

for some reason, the tree is my favorite part, so far.

well, time to sign off… oh wait… i hear a faint caterwauling…

“i’m not ready to go. i’m staying right here!” ~the oatbran

until i find a feline-free field…

be well and happy!

 

~rebecca

outdoor hooking…

today is not an outdoor hooking day.  it’s 95* in the shade on our deck, so i’m staying away from wool, for the time being.  however, i did take my frame outside a few days ago…

what a picture perfect day!

i was able to watch the wild turkeys while i hooked miss b’s!

the kitties, who are strictly of the indoor variety, did not assist…

“zzzzz…” ~ellis
“ellis, roll over. you’re snoring!” ~the lilly-kins

whether you’re inside or out, enjoy whatever comes your way!

~rebecca

miss b’s turkey, day 2…

i was asked by one or two readers, what size i’m cutting my wool for miss b’s turkey.  my guess is, i’m using about a size 8. the fact is, i’m simply tearing my wool as i go. sometimes, i tear a piece that’s too wide, but then i just cut it in half.  in any case, i’m making some progress…

miss b’s turkey

i’ll be starting on the background, soon, but in the meantime, i have tremendous support, right lilly?

“what are you doing? why aren’t you playing with me?” ~lilly

well, some of us are more supportive than others.  in fact, ellis is so, “i’m right there with you” that he’s moved into my hooking chair…

“snore….” ~the elly~belly

“ahhhh, this is purrfect…z…z..z.zzzzzzz” ~ellis

however, tomorrow is a new day, and i may just get to the chair first!

 

if you’d like to find miss b’s turkey pattern, or any of my others, you can click here.

enjoy!

 

~rebecca

 

miss b’s turkey, day one…

today, i started on miss b’s turkey.  i got to use my new, fabulous bee line townsend hooking frame.  I’ve been reluctant to get back to hooking (you can click here to see why).  and, while it wasn’t entirely paw-free, i enjoyed it thoroughly!

“this looks like the purrfect place to perch.” ~the elly-belly

i finally got a photo of my progress…

miss b’s turkey

as you can see, if you look past the actual hooking, my drawing skills leave lots to be desired.  i must have drawn the turkey’s head four times, with a sharpie no less, however, since i draw my patterns on my backing freehand, there are always lots of extra lines and blobs and various marks.  that’s simply the way i do things.  i know there are far more efficient methods, but i like to be comfortable.

what do you think, lilly?

“it’s a snake!” ~the lilly-lou-hoo

lilly likes to steal the wool strip that i am about to use and pretend that it’s an enemy.  once she reduces it to a pulp, she carries it around and mourns over it.

we have many turkeys in our neighborhood and woods.  some people think turkeys are ugly and awkward, but i think they’re extraordinary.  the females are amazing mothers, and the males are so graceful when they’re courting.  i’m proud of my niece for seeing the artistic side of our natural world!

 

until i can get to my hooking under all these cats…

be happy!

 

~rebecca

miss b’s turkey…

well, hello!  it’s been awhile.

 

i have a new pattern available in my etsy shop.  it’s my favorite, by far!

miss b’s turkey

my niece, miss b, created this fabulous artwork in school this year, and it was featured in an art show recently.  i asked her if i could create a pattern from it and she said yes!  so, now i get to pass it on to you.  it’s only $2 for an instant download and you can find it by clicking here.  all proceeds go to miss b.

miss b’s artist statement for this piece reads, “i was making a realistic drawing.  i thought that brown is a plain color so i mixed brown with some silver.  my art teacher helped me with my drawing.  she is amazing!”

 

one of the, many, things i love so much about her drawing is the turkey tracks.

what do you think about the turkey, lilly?

“i loooove turkey!” ~the lillykins

how about you boys?

“is that a turkey on the deck? i could catch that turkey!” ~otis
“i’m fairly confident that’s not a turkey, otis.” ~ellis

i think i’m going to start by making a rug from miss b’s design.  i’ll keep you posted on my progress!

 

enjoy whatever you find yourself doing today!

 

~rebecca

snowman and santa claus….

tomorrow is thanksgiving day, but my mind is on christmas…

santa drawing

i like to draw my patterns directly onto weavers cloth rather than creating a paper pattern.  it’s less work and it ensures that almost every piece i make from my own designs is one-of-a-kind.  ellis likes to help me with this process….

“i’m a tremendous assistant” ~ellis

i kept santa claus simple, using mostly red and white valdani floss.

santa claus

lilly is awaiting santa’s advent….

“santa? i’m watching the birds!” ~lilly

i like adding tags to my pieces, for some reasons.  maybe because they’re fun to make?

christmas greetings

the other piece i’ve been working on is a snowman.  snowmen are so cheerful!

snow!

of course, with snowmen comes cold weather, but otis knows how to stay toasty…

“purrrr…” ~the oatsy

and, lilly has a few how-to-stay-warm-on-a-cold-day pointers…

“first, find a comfy cushion, add a kitty heating pad, top with a blanket and crawl under.” ~lilly-kins

sounds good to me!

brrr!

the santa claus has sold but you can visit snowman on my etsy shop by clicking here.

wishing you warmth and happiness!

 

~rebecca

santas, santas….

here comes santa claus!

“where?” ~lilly
“where?” ~ellis

well, actually, you have to look indoors…

“where?” ~lilly
“where?” ~ellis
“where?” ~otis

i’ve been working on two santas this fall.  the first one is a traditional red and white…

st. nick

the tiny stocking he carries is fully lined and functional and was a total pain to make. 

what do you think ellis?

“zzzzzzz…..” ~ellis

apparently, ellis isn’t thrilled.  maybe the next santa will be met with more enthusiasm….

santa

personally, i love the muted colors of this santa.  and, again, the stocking he carries is fully lined and functional, and was a total pain to make.

santa doesn’t have to carry his stocking everywhere.

what do you think, lilly?

“i think i’d rather play with a tiny roll of wool than put together a tiny stocking.” ~lilly

i must say, i agree with lilly.

you can see the red st. nick on my etsy shop by clicking here.  the other santa has sold.

now, we just need some snow!

be well, friends!

 

~rebecca

jack and witch…..

is it too late to be creating with halloween in mind?  what does ellis think?

“halloween? i love pumpkin seeds!” ~ellis

well, whether it’s too late or not, i have been working on two projects.  a witch…

notforgotten farm “white witch”

and a jack…

simple quiet jack

surprisingly, i got very little help with lori brechlin’s “white witch” (click here for her blog), and i was able to complete this project quickly….

white witch

you can find my “white witch” on my etsy site by clicking here.  i mounted my finished piece on a bit of wood salvaged from an antique trunk.  i love the tiny plaid original paper attached to the wood and how it’s aged over time.

my jack was a different tale altogether.  almost everyone wanted to add their paws worth….

“i’m helping!” ~lilly

“i’m helping!” ~ellis

“i’m staying out-of-the-way!” ~otis

there was more assistance, too, all i had to do was ask….

“rebecca drinks the wine. i’m in charge of the water.” ~lillykins

and, in case i was feeling a chill (in the 80 degree temps), my friends were there to warm me….

“zzzzzzz…” ~ellis and lilly

how would it be, ellis and lilly, if i were to have my lap to myself for a while?….

“what!? No! you couldn’t possibly get on without us!” ~ the elly-belly and the lilly-lou-who

so, i persevered, with the weight of two cats and finally finished jack…..

jack

jack, too, can be found in my etsy shop.

now that the temps are cooling, i think i’ll turn my thoughts to christmas.

 

whatever you do, enjoy!

 

~rebecca