Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Two first's in one day

I started my Skeleflora Hooked Purse today, this is the first time I have used cotton rug warp until now I have always used Burlap either Primitive or Scottish, it's a nice product very soft and flexible.

Secondly I have not used wool yarn before but I figure because the Skeleflora pattern uses yard what the hell I'll try it. It's not a bad product either I enjoy the ability to just keep hooking and only cut the yarn as needed with wool stripes the flow is not the same.

On the yummy side of my day I had some homemade Spelt Bread with peanut butter for breakfast thanks to Mommy for baking some bread on the weekend, we received the recipe from my Aunt I talked about in a previous blog posting. Did I mention that I'm an only children and love to be spoiled rotten still.

Bija Tea was also on the menu today, I'm hoping the slimming powers of this Tea payoff

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Off to Pennsylvania the Puppy goes

Our custom designed Boston Terrier rug pillow and floor runner are off to their new home today.
My dog Libby was not to keen to give this rug up. There is something about wool rug's that dogs are drawn too, it doesn't matter who comes in to the house and drops a rug on the floor to display, before we even notice it Libby is quick to get in there and sit on the rug. I hope Kathy's dog Dixie enjoys the rug as much as Libby.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New and Improved Brown Color

I dyed a new color brown this Sunday past it was drying on the clothesline so I couldn't show it till now as I was away Monday and Tuesday.

The color on the far right side of the photo is our # 9 Golden Tan Light and the other pieces of wool are my new brown color, it doesn't have a name yet, I used the same base formula with a double abrushing of Redness Brown.

Off to bed now with my hateful 2 layer rug project.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I'll be home soon

In the city again for another technology learning session "Atlantic Canada TechCrime"

Internet Security A.K.A the Darker Side of the Internet, anyone that oversees networks never 100 percent sleeps easy at night. Being aware of the constant attacks and threats; knowing there are as may on-line abusive people as off-line always potentially trying to compromise your network, luring children on chat lines, send viruses; I feel obligated personally (must be the female in me) to assist in the safety of staff and their families.

There is a reason I rug hook and dye wool "THERAPY" quiet ,mindless hooking, I would love to have a dollar for the number of times people say to me "you do what?" "you rug hook?" "that seems a little out of character for you?"

I don't want to sound all doom and gloom the Internet is amazing!! you just have to be careful out there.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rain Forest Animals, getting ready for the new baby in the family

I have a soon to be new second cousin coming hopefully this month. Nancy is hooking away at this Rain Forests Animal pattern for the new babies room, there will be four different animals on this pattern design. The little Tiger is first, these are not very large characters so the hooking updates will be coming in throughout the next few weeks.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The ladies are coming today

Today's lunch hour is going to be a design and plan session with some locate ladies, I missed last weeks rug design session being in bed sick.

You know I was down to the City this week for a training session all the good techy stuff is in the City of course and I can't imagine living there anymore. No one says Hello or looks you in the eye walking in a store or along the road and the traffic GOD it's just plain pushy.

Trips to the City just make me enjoying the little things like some older ladies giggling about there rugs and new wool colors to dye probably. Which reminds me I better get cracking on my colors for the purse pattern.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I think I have bitten off more than I can 'hook'

I have been slack writing on my Blog this week the days just slip by, my rug hooking project this week well it probably will be for the next year at this rate, as I'm moving quite slow. Not sure what I was thinking when I agreed to do this rug, it is a very old pre-printed pattern and as you can see from the first picture there are several holes in it.

Sooooo to properly hook this rug I have attached a second piece of burlap underneath with safety pins keeping the tension, and now hooking through 2 pieces of burlap.

Last night's accomplishment was two small green sections, there is a positive to a larger rug for the fall and winter months they are very warm on your lap. LOL

I will update everyone weekly but I can't promise a completed rug by Christmas.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Spelt Pasta, tastes good and good for you!!

Spelt Pasta is not a common product to find in smaller rural areas in Nova Scotia. My Aunt brought some from Ontario for us "Down Easterners" to try. She also made us some Spelt Bread 'oldworld heavy - but good'.

The reason she started to investigate the uses of alternative flour was her husband had had a massive heart attack and being a true blue Italian as he was pasta is a very large part of their diet. To tell her husband that 'you are not allow to eat much pasta' seemed out of the question.

The win - win to this product it is perfect for people dieting - isn't every women? and also for people with diabetics, this pasta doesn't breakdown into sugar as other pastas. I'm sure many of you know this but I was unaware of this product and as every Birthday goes by the battle of weight continues.

From Wiki:

A wonderfully nutritious and ancient grain with a deep nutlike flavor, spelt is a cousin to wheat that is recently receiving renewed recognition. Spelt products can be found in your local health food store year-round.

Spelt is an ancient grain that traces its heritage back long before many wheat hybrids. Many of its benefits come from the fact that it offers a broader spectrum of nutrients compared to many of its more inbred cousins in the wheat family. It can be used in many of the same ways as wheat including bread and pasta making. Spelt does not seem to cause sensitivities in many people who are intolerant of wheat.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Look what I found in the MailBox

I was so excited to find these in the mailbox yesterday. Fish Eye Rugs!! I was too busy last night with my boyfriends Birthday that I didn't get around to blogging it. Myself and 2 others are waiting to take the purse course in October here in Amherst thankfully for this blogging forum I found Fish Eye Rugs.