Saturday, October 29, 2005

Some Benefits of Snow

It was actually snowing enough today to wear a winter hat - so I had a chance for the first time to wear a beautiful hat knitted by my brother-in-law, Pfef. Not only did he knit me the hat, but also matching socks and sweater, a Levold Herod design. How lucky am I?! In the background of the photo is one of my sister Jenny's luscious hand woven towels.

The dismal afternoon weather allowed me to drink alot of coffee and almost finish hooking the Johnny Cash #1 rug. I'll post a photo when it's done.

A couple of weeks ago I dropped off the oak & acorn stool at the Fiber Art Center and was fortunate to see the Bamboo Show, a show of interesting and diverse pieces using bamboo. I also had the opportunity to see a trunk show of Afghanistan war rugs. The rugs have really stuck with me. Some a bit difficult to view but really interesting designs. You can learn more about them at

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Bag Lady

I've been using my new hooked bag and it's a great size to carry all the usual essentials but still big enough to include a book. It's about 9x10x2 inches. It's been especially nice to use these past few gloomy, rainy days.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Blue Building for a Rainy Day

I finished sewing up my handbag last Saturday. It was easy, not the hassle I was expecting. I'll take some pictures soon. In the meantime here's a pic of one of my favorite buildings along Storrow Drive between Harvard Square and Western Ave. I like how the sky and clouds are reflected in the windows and the uneven window pattern. I think it would make a nice rug design. I don't know the name of the building or the architect.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

the whirlwind is in the thorn tree

After a long day at work Thursday I was too nackered to go to my rug hooking group - so the group didn't get to see this rug yet. Anyway, this is the beginnings of my Johnny Cash #2 rug. The inspiration for this rug comes from the liner notes to Cash's last album. He wrote that the idea for "When the Man Comes Around" came from a dream he had in Nottingham about the Queen. She tells him he's like a whirlwind in a thorn tree (read the liner notes for the full story). I'm going to add the words to the lower portion of the sky. If I'm happy with how this turns out, I'll enter it in The American Folk Art Museum's "Icons of America" rug contest.