taking a risk…..

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i miss hooking.  really, really miss it.  so, today i stepped way outside my comfort zone and spent money i don’t have to invest in a future i really want to pursue.

bee line townsend 14″ rug hooking frame

i purchased this rug hooking frame….

bee line townsend #10 long cutter kit

… and this cutter from The Merry Hooker ~ click here for her shop.


this is an investment, a big one, and i’m somewhat terrified.  why?  well, for three reasons:

ellis, otis and lilly on the track of “something” (i don’t even want to know what).


my 3 best friends are also my worst enemies when it comes to hooking.  they want to lounge, languish and lie on my rugs… not just the finished ones, which they love to pull apart, but more importantly the ones that i’m working on… while i’m working on them.  i’m hoping, hoping, hoping, that now that they’re a little older they’ll allow me to hook without playing with my wool strips, napping on my lap, biting my hook, and generally making themselves PRESENT….


wish me luck!



cats hook, too….

I did something minor to my thumb, the other day, which made punching uncomfortable.  So, I set aside my punch needle and picked up my hook.  Instantly, I was set upon by dozens of cats!  (Actually, it was just my three companions, but when one is trying to hook, three cats seem like a bushel!)

can i help?

can i help?

This is the only picture you’ll see of Lilly in this post.  The rest of the time she was attempting to curl up on my lap under my frame.

oh boy!

oh boy!

Otis is a perfectionist, watching every loop I pull.

"i'm not sure i approve of your color placement"

“i’m not sure i approve of your color placement”

He would like to be in charge of all wool ~ pointing out which techniques he likes, and those that he doesn’t.

"no... no, I can't agree that this strip should go here..."

“no… no, I can’t agree that this strip should go here…”

He often takes matters into his own “hands”, and he’s really, really good at….

"let me help you with that"

“let me help you with that”

…REVERSE hooking!

Ellis takes a completely different approach, much less subtle than Otis.

"'scuse me, this is my spot"

“‘scuse me, this is my spot”

Ellis doesn’t even pretend an interest in hooking.

"keep the noise to a minimum, please"

“keep the noise to a minimum, please”

Meanwhile, with Lilly under my frame enjoying my lap, Ellis on top of my frame taking a snooze, and wool all around me, I’m beginning to feel rather too warm.  It’s time to put an end to this frivolity, get up, and move my backing on my frame.  This will give me the opportunity to photograph my progress, so far.

"ta da!"

“ta da!”

Otis misunderstands, believing that he is the object of my camera’s lens.  I distract him with a kitty toy, and…

ta da!

ta da!

This is one of Lori Brechlin’s fabulous, prim designs.  I love the simplicity of this pattern, which is from one of her Notforgotten Farm design booklets.  I would love to tell you which booklet it’s from, but at the moment of writing this, I have three cats on my lap.  It may be possible to get out from under one cat, but three?!  So, I’ll add the link to Lori’s blog, where you can find so many good things and a brand new punch needle pattern!  Click here to visit Lori.


Wishing you a quiet and happy day!