New Old Thoughts

First, my excuses.

This guy is one reason I haven’t posted for a while.

That’s Monk, sitting on top of the box that is his ‘stair’ to get on my lap when I sit in the big chair in the evening.  He doesn’t ask much, just a little lap time at night.  How can I resist, especially since I LIKE sitting in the big chair at night!

For proof, here he is this morning, perfectly content to sit in ‘his’ chair.

The other reason for my absence is this!

Yes, the sheep rug is finished!!!!!  Cambria Pines Rug Hooking Camp starts Sunday, and I decided to make a concerted effort to finish the rug.  I really didn’t think I would finish, but I decided to make this week all about the rug hooking. No quilting, no knitting (until evening chair time!)

Its not a balanced way to live, but it was fun!  I got up in the morning, read a few blogs, and started right in on the rug hooking,  which was conveniently set up next to my computer.  Since I was skipping my morning reading, I listened to well over 12 hours of Dallas Willard lecturing on his book “The Divine Conspiracy,” on Youtube!  Who knew?  What a great resource, and for free.  I have paid a lot of money to buy DVD’s of presentations like this.

In between hooking, I started dying some angora and cashmere sweaters to use for rug hooking.  This is something I have not seen rug hookers use regularly, and I think it might be something that other rug hookers will enjoy, so I wanted to have some to sell at camp this week (they have a student sale on Tuesday afternoon.)  Here is the sample I started with the angora.  It has a little softer look than the traditional wool that is used.  These little circles are a traditional rug hooking pattern called “cats paws.”  They are rather addicting!

So that’s it.  Its actually been a relaxing and refreshing week.  In addition, I have thought much about the direction of this blog.  You can see that I changed the byline.  I don’t think the blog will change that much.  Just my intention.  Which eventually might change the direction of my writing a bit.

I had a great visit with my best friend last week.  When she comes down to visit her parents, we usually try to sneak in one day to spend doing the things we like!  We met in Folsom, shared a great dinner (so fun to share meals with friends!)  and spent the evening doing ‘show and tell’ of all our latest projects.  The next morning we walked over to the Starbuck’s for our coffee, and then headed up the hill to Placerville to visit a couple of quilt shops and a yarn shop!  We ended our visit with a GREAT piece of apple pie a la mode.  We did NOT share the pie LOL.

My friend mentioned that I do not snore any more.  That, and my perfect blood pressure of 112/71 are reasons to continue on this healthy life.  I look forward to sharing more about that with you all in the days to come.

Here’s a couple new recipes I’ve come up with.  This first is a raspberry coconut cake.  I wanted something that was a bit decadent, but still on the healthy side.  This fit the bill nicely.  As you can see, it is almost too moist.  I think that’s because of the frozen raspberries.  I might make it again, and just use less almond milk.

And this is more of an ‘assemblage’ than a recipe, but man, it was tasty!  Sauteed the snow peas in a pan sprayed with pam, and then added a bit of sesame oil, soy sauce, crushed garlic, and orange marmelade, along with the pre-cooked shrimp. Yum yum!  Gonna write this one as a recipe just so I won’t forget it!

Over and out.  I’ll try to check in one more time before heading to Cambria on Sunday!

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11 thoughts on “New Old Thoughts

  1. I love Mr. Monk! Every time you post a picture I just want to cuddle with him.

    That cake looks pretty tasty! Is it made with coconut flour?

  2. So good to hear from you Debby!! Sounds like you’ve been having a great time rug hooking and visiting with friends…….. Daughter is moving to Folsom this weekend (we are helping) and Placerville is still on my ‘to do ‘ list. Have a grreat trip!! Hugs! deb

  3. The rug is great!

    I’m glad you changed your byline – to me it’s a signal that you’ve worked through some things. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  4. THE RUG TURNED OUT FANTASTIC!!! Wow! It’s so beautiful, and intriguing to look at – nice job getting it finished!!!

    Monkey doesn’t ask for much (unlike SOME people, lol), so I’m glad you indulge him with chair time. 🙂

  5. Oh, I ADORE that sheep hook rug!! And when I enlarged the photo, I just sat and looked and looked, drinking in the enjoyment of it. I sooo enjoy good folk art type design. And was totally intrigued with how you used the texture and direction of the stitches (do you call the hooked thingies stitches?) to add to the design. I love everything about it. 🙂

    • So glad you enjoyed it Loretta! I forgot to give credit to the designer of the rug–Pris Butler drew the original design. I made a few minor changes, and of course, I got to be in charge of the color choices! Yes, the directional thing in rug hooking is a very important part of how a design can be hooked. Also, they put a lot of thought into how the fabric is dyed. For example, it is very subtle, but the sky was originally all one piece of fabric that shaded gradually from dark to light. I just had to cut it into strips and hook those strips in order. The thingies are called loops.

  6. Wow, Debby! I love how the sheep rug turned out! The colors are so lush, and I really like the way there’s the border on each side, but the trees are overlapping it, it gives it a nice stepping-into-the-picture feel. I bet you’ll have fun sharing it with the other participants at the rug hooking camp.

    I like the new byline to your blog, and look forward to reading more. Although *never* at the expense of Mr. Monk and his need for lap time. *sigh*…he is just too cute! I think I’m almost a big of fan of him as my daughter is!

    I’m curious about what you said about dying sweaters to use for rug hooking. Whole sweaters? Does one unravel the sweater to get the yarn, or how does that work?

    • No, what happens (or should happen) is that if you wash and dry any sweater made out of protein (animal) fiber, it will felt. Sometimes people do this by mistake and of course their sweater is ruined because it is much smaller. So if it is felted, it will stick together as a whole piece of cloth, and you can cut it into strips just like the other wool that rug hookers use. So if you look at those circles I did, some of them are angora sweaters that have been cut into strips just like the wool that is inbetween. Hope that makes sense. I also used some of that angora in the sheep rug. It is in the sheep, and also in the lower grassy area–the turquoise/gold parts are the angora.

  7. I love the finished rug! Gorgeous!!!

    Hey, will you consider doing a blog post about a day trip to Folsom and / or Placerville? I’m constantly trying to come up with ideas for road trips from Reno (for when I go to visit my sister). 🙂

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