Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SHEEP RUG PROGRESS ~ ~ ~

For the last two evenings, I have actually hooked a while ~ so the Leicester sheep rug is coming along! This rug is for my friend, Melody, who travels to Ireland as often as she can ~ the white circles in the sky are from a sweater that came from one of her travels and needed repurposed into something meaningful! It really became quite thick after felting and was quite a challenge to pull into loops ~ but I think it gives the sky great texture and also guided me as to where this sky was going! I have to mention, too, those blobs of black are his ears ~ hooked with a black velour-type wool ~ the loops are pretty high ~ I might clip them for a proddy look ~ I'll see when it's finished!

In one of our conversations as to what Melody might like in this rug, she mentioned outstanding Irish rainbows ~ so last night I went through my handspun yarns and dyed rovings and came up with this rainbow ~ I hope you like it Miss Melody!!! I'm leaving the sheep till last because the fleece I will use for his body gets caught on the grippers of the frame and can make quite a mess ~ all the wool hooking around it will be done when it gets centered on the frame for the final hooking of the fleece body and head ~ and that should be in the next couple of days!!

Ohio is under a winter storm warning all day and this is what it looks like on our deck!! We've had a bunch of snow just today and more on the way!! I love it that I can stay inside where it's warm and safe ~ actually, I am very grateful for that!! A big shipment of wool came the other day, so I'm washing wool on the second floor (that's where the laundry area is) and running it to the basement to dry (we moved the old dryer down there just for the wool) ~ so once again, I say "wouldn't you think I'd be skinny from all these stairs?!" No ~ they just hang on for dear life ~ the pounds, that is! I am back on the exercise everyday/hook every day plan that I committed to ~ I fell off the wagon a little last week ~ but I'm back on task now!! CHANGE ~ remember my 'one little word' ~ well, I tell you it's hard to put it into practice ~ but I'm trying ~ what more can one girl do????? Have a good day ~ doing something you like!!
Alice

8 comments:

Corinne Burke said...

I really like this pattern, the colors are so warm, one of my future project is to hook a sheep.

dulcy said...

Oh Alice......I just love those clouds and the rainbow! We just had our snow blow away, but tomorrow is my 3rd day in a row because of snow covered roads. That's how come I got the cottage rug finally done. Thanks for keeping tabs on me! It's greatly appreciated...

dulcy said...

I meant to say my 3rd day at home because of school closing!

JoJo said...

Alice, I LOVE that rainbow. And your sky is gorgeous. This sheep rug is a beauty and is getting better every time you show it.

I slept most of today since we didn't get home from pool until almost 12:30 p.m. I simply cannot function on even the most simple level on 4 hours of sleep. So now, while I'm waiting for the dishwasher to get done, I'm playing catch-up on the computer.

Ooooo, your snow!! Thankfully, the storm was south of us. We got a dusting of snow but it was bitterly cold. But today, our temp was back up to 43 and the snow was gone by noon. There are days when I think I'd like to have a nice, heavy snow but then I wake up and.....well, it just makes such a mess of everything!

Hope you're surviving and staying warm!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Delightful rug and blog! Nice to meet you. Wow ~ you've had a lot of snow in Ohio!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Good Morning!! Hi Corinne ~ the sheep pattern is one that I drew for a proddy class I teach and I added the fields and sky for this project ~ it's for sale!! And Dulcy, JoJo and new visitor, Ragamuffin Gal (I love your name!) ~ thanks for saying such nice things about this rug! I love it when I feel like I'm really creating and it speaks to others. THANK YOU!!!!

Hooked on Primitives said...

Alice that is just super! Love it! The ground is so neat!! Great work! SMILES! Cathy

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Thanks for the compliments, Cathy!!