Thursday, September 8, 2011


Summer, that is -

I still have two pairs of white pants with
the sales tags on them.  Just didn't get the time
to wear them. 

White shoes and purse put away
for the winter.
Heaven forbid! you should wear anything
white after Labor Day. (according to my mother).
Fortunately, it was nice on Labor day until late in the afternoon.
Richard and family had a wonderful
cookout with Beer Can Chicken the
featured menu item.
The Bent Willow Community also had its annual
Labor Day feast at the home of the
Paprocki's and a large crowd it was!

Guess I have the "I'm sorry it's over blues and
the "I love fall and winter" smiles.
I have started hooking in earnest again and am
really enjoying it.
Here's the latest update on the new project.

The Lion's face and mane are finally
finished.  I am very pleased with
the way he turned out.  When I started putting the
background (more on this) in, he became the
color of gold that I had anticipated.
It's amazing how the color changes when you
add background or any adjacent color.

Closeup of mane and face.  I used several different
cuts to get the face as I wanted it.
Most of the rug is being hooked with a #8 and 8-1/2 cut
but the face is done with a #6 cut and some
smaller accent pieces.

love his tail.  It almost looks like a
dragon head.  I treated it the same as his mane
except I used smaller cuts here so that
I could get the detail in.

About the background.  It is the loveliest piece of
wool that I think I have ever had.  It was
dyed by Helen Connley Howe.  She is a New York
Teacher.  I first met her in 1974 at
a teacher's workshop.  I think that she
has been unwell lately and is no
longer teaching.  The wool is a Woolrich product
in what I call gray-blue (not sure what Woolrich calls it)
overdyed with Navy Blue and abrashed with bright green.
What makes the piece so rich and velvety looking
is the way it was abrashed.
Sorry, it's true beauty does not photograph
for it is really lovely.

It's another foggy day with rain this early am.
Guess we are supposed to have rain until
Saturday.  Sure makes for a dreary day!
However, it is  a good excuse to spend
the day in the hooking room.

Thought for the day -
Never go to a Doctor whose office plants have died.
Erma Bombeck


Kim said...

Hi Doris,
This post cracked me up. A few days ago I posted about the evils of white after labor day. Yes, all my white pants, shoes, bags are put away.
Your lion is looking great. With this cool fall weather it's perfect for hooking.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Doris ~
No white shoes or purse (actually don't have either) after Labor Day, but I refuse to put away the white capris.
I am absolutely lovin' your lion!!!
Thanks for the Erma quote. What a great wit she had.
Pug hugs :)

Orange Sink said...

I guess I'm a wierdo but have been known to wear white in winter..... not shoes or bags but sweaters, a winter white shade in pants etc. I guess that doesn't count though LOL!!
LOVE how the Lion is coming along! Your explanation of what you're doing is like being along side you watching! It attests to the wonderful teacher you are Doris!!
I need to ask you about the abrashed if you would share how and what you mean by it. I have heard the term and think I sort of know! It would be great to hear your explanation!
Wishing you all the best with the Fall Hooking and having fun on Lovely Lion!!!
Cathy G

Julia said...

Doris you are ahead and will all be ready to wear your new shoes and pants next summer. I sure hope for nicer weather next year.

As for me I don't have white shoes except for my running shoes if that counts and I haven't wore a white purse in years. I wear white whenever I feel like it and really am not bothered by what people think about it although I prefer an off white in the winter. It feels warmer.
handsome and you do such beautiful work . Like Cathy of Orange Sink I was wondering about the word abashed. I never came upon this term in hooking.

Wishing you and Eloise a good night. JB

Julia said...

Oops, I guess the words "Your Lion rug looks handsome" got deleted from the test somehow. It's been a long hard day today. lol... JB

Nettie said...

Hi Doris, I just love the lion rug. It is coming along beautifully you are a wonderful teacher and hooker.... And as for wearing white after Labor Day. I think that rule went out years ago according to project runway lol... As Tim Gunn always says make it work... Your wardrobe is a personality trait of your own.... Do not let anyone tell you what to wear or when to where..... I think I watch too much TV lol