Monday, March 31, 2014

Feeling More Settled

It was a quiet week without little Jackson around. But he wasn't out of mind. This week he turned 3 months old. And I know that with my own kids, that was a turning point. Sleeping through the night.
Almost laughing. Here are a couple of pretty sweet pics of him.

I finished a little cardigan for him and a "Monster" to go with it. Knitting for babies is such instant gratification. Cardigan is a Debbie Bliss pattern and Monster is from Rebecca Danger's "Knit a Monster Nursery".

I also got back to my hooking. I finished the last proddy border on my "Hook What You Love and You Will Love What You Hook" mat. One of those things that I put off and put off and it really was only a couple of hours to do the border and finish it.

But the project that got a bit of real momentum this week was the Tribal Kilim which I will forever call Dear Edith. This is the rug that I inherited from a rug hooker in Toronto who knew she would never finish. I vowed to do it for her, but have managed to not do too much in the 5 years since I bought it from her.

Since I didn't have a new project on my plate, I decided to spend some time with it. It's quite a different hooking experience when it is more about the mechanics than the creativity. Quite mindless and relaxing - I would lose a couple of hours listening to the sound of the loops. And it is good practice to hook in a smaller cut and pay attention to tension.  And you really do get coverage if you spend the time.

Day 1: A large motif finished

Day 2: Outlining and some saw tooth shapes above the medallion

Day 3: Filling in between the side and the large motif - aiming to do one section right across the width

Definitely seeing headway, but a very very long way to go still. And I am tracking my time, which should be very scary as I go along.

In the meantime, the sun is out. The snow is melting. Did our first snow shoe on the lake yesterday and it actually felt warm when we got moving. I know that spring is still a long way away but the warm sunny days make you hopeful.


Tony Latham - said...

Jackson is incredibly adorable!
Bravo for you for dragging out that Kilim.
Double cuddos to you for hooking on that burlap!
It is looking mighty good so far!
What small cut exactly?
Sending you lots of courage :D

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Cute little Jackson! Great sweater and matching monster! Bless you for hooking the Kilim ~ wouldn't be my cup of tea!!

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