Summer Send Off

Sunshine Rug Hookers don’t meet during July and August, and today was our final get together until September. We gathered at Couchiching Beach Park for a day of hooking laughter and food. Unlike last year when it was cold and windy, the weather was perfect….a lovely breeze off the water, and a choice of sun or shade to enjoy.DSCN0674This is a special spot in our town, with the band shell and water to one side…..DSCN0694……and Samuel D. Champlain and the beach on  another side.

There was a wide variety of work being done. Lots of hooking of course…..DSCN0676Linda is whipping the edge of her little oriental….DSCN0680I was sewing down the back of my Lunenburg landscape…..DSCN0700Suzanne was beginning the lettering of her little mat….DSCN0699Gail is working on a pot holder….DSCN0678Chris has her sunflowers well under way.DSCN0698….this delightful winter scene is using a variety  of fibres….DSCN0677…a celtic dragon design  (love that colour palette)…DSCN0695Jean is doing a log cabin design using up some of her worms….DSCN0683Kathleen is creating a multi fibre tree. I’m so sorry the wool in the centre isn’t as vibrant in the photo as in person. It was really striking.DSCN0693Woops….sorry about the shadow….Edie is doing this stained glass morning glory pattern from Shiela Klugescheid . DSCN0689Isabelle is finishing her kaleidiscope pattern for her grandson.DSCN0691….and Linda L. is working on a stained glass pattern as well. She came dressed to match her work….DSCN0692….and she wasn’t the only one……Helen was totally colour co-ordinated with her knitting….DSCN0686….with the exception of her red shoes….which she kept hidden under her bag! (We’re obviously a very ‘fashion forward’ group).DSCN0685Kathy was knitting as well ….DSCN0690….and Mary was ‘corking’ this beautiful wool, which she intends to braid.

DSCN0679This exquisite embroidery piece is entitled “Writing on the Wall” and is from a painting of the same name.  Such delicate work!DSCN0688Wendy was just enjoying the day. (sorry Wendy, I couldn’t resist…..she was actually knitting too)DSCN0682.jpgWhile we don’t meet again until September, there are already plans afoot for a project for the group in the fall……Teresa brought her friendship rug done with a group from the Purple Sock in Coldwater, and a similar project is proposed for us. Friends completing one square each in the rug of each participant giving us a lovely memento of those we hook with.DSCN0681I love this idea, and I hope we go ahead with it in the fall.

 

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This was a special treat for dessert to celebrate the day. Thanks  Suzanne.

In the mean time….summer is here!!!DSCN0701

Enjoy!

 

 

A HAPPY ENDING

My beloved standard schnauzer Baxter will be fifteen in the fall and he is beginning to show his age.

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His ability to hold on when he needs to “go” has diminished (much to his horror and shame), and occasionally I’ve discovered a puddle at the back door,or a damp spot where he has been laying. DSCF7414

This geometric rug lies on the floor at the foot of our bed and was long ago claimed by him  as his bed.

With these accidents occurring, I checked the condition of this rug and discovered that indeed it was in a bad way. It was either throw it out, or try and wash it thoroughly.

I’ve never washed one of my wool rugs before, but in this case there was nothing to lose. If I couldn’t get the doggie urine out it would be in the garbage.

I laid it in the bathtub and let it soak in cool water, swished it thoroughly and rinsed it out. I was appalled by the dirt and sand (and yellow water ) that came out. I did this several times, with the same result each time. I headed to the store looking for ‘Zero’….the soap I used to use for wool sweaters back in the olden days when twin sets were still popular, but it has obviously gone the way of the dodo bird. It’s replacement is ‘Woolite’ so home I went with a bottle and high hopes that it would work and the dyes wouldn’t run.

I think I soaked, washed and rinsed it with the soap about 5 times until there was no grit or discolouration coming from it, then did it once more for good measure. Much to my delight, the dye stayed intact.DSCN0671

I hung it up over the grating on the veranda and left it there for several days to dry and be in the fresh air. I am absolutely delighted with the results. It hasn’t looked this good since it was first hooked.DSCN0672

It certainly isn’t going back on the floor though. I have a very washable blanket now folded up at the foot of the bed and Baxter seems to think that is just fine to sleep on.

I’m not saying that every rug would do so well with this treatment, but it worked well in this case.

I’m so glad I gave it a try and didn’t throw it out.

Thanks for stopping by.