Feeling slightly better today. Still not great. I think I have developed allergies in my old age. As one who has never really had problems with allergies before, I'm not dealing with it well. I don't like it. I'm having extra sympathy for those of you who have suffered this all your life. My head feels like it's in a fog (buzzing), sneezing, sore throat, runny nose....
To make matters worse, I went back to the eye doctor today, and she dilated my eyes. Misery. I hate that. And my optometrist expressed concerns that my pupils might be "stuck," because they didn't dilate as much as they should have. I'm watching them carefully to see if they go back to normal. It's been 4 hours, and they still seem to be fairly big.
I keep forgetting to mention that I turned on the word verification again for awhile. Sorry. I had something like 200 spams in one day, and then again the next day. A real pain. So, I turned it on again for a little bit. Sadly, I still had two more spams today! I'll try taking it off again in a bit, okay? Bear with me until then?
Many of you asked me to see the progress on my rug hooking after my first class. Here is how far I got in class. (The long pieces you see will get trimmed off when there is more wool around those edges.) Not bad! You can tell I need to get better at my evenness of loops. But I'm okay with it for a first try!
Yestereday, when I wasn't feeling so well, I did get it out, sat on the back deck, and did some more work on it. It was really very pleasant. You can see my hook in this photo. I love how the wood handle has that knot on it.
I left the little wool trimmings on our deck railing for the birds. Thought they might like it. They are probably all done with their nests right now, anyway. Some are gone today, some are still out there.
I got it out last night and worked some more. Here is how far I have gotten. I need to finish the second ring of red. (Maybe you can see that the top part is not finished yet.) Then, it's just filling in the background.
Sweet Pea was watching me do this. I figured she'd say, "Oh! Can I help?" But here is how the conversation went:
Sweet Pea: What's that?!Mama Pea: A rug I'm making.SP: How did you learn to do that?MP: I took a class.SP: That's really neat. Can I touch it?MP: Of course!SP: That feels neat! I think that bird is so beautiful, Mom! I wish I could have it when you're done.MP: Your wish is my command. It's yours when I'm done.SP. Really?! Do you think you could cut off all that extra round the circle when you're done?MP: Yes, when I'm all done, I'll cut that off, flip it to the back, and sew it down. I'll have to take another class to learn how to do that.SP: Cool. (Pause) Do you think they have any smaller kits for kids so I can try?MP: I thought you'd want to try. The lady who taught me said she can help us get some more of this linen fabric so you can try.SP: Yay! I can't wait.
Gene Shepherd is a renowned rug hooker, I've learned. I was reading his blog the other day, and I saw him talking about children attending "hook ins" with the adult women. So, it's not inconceivable that she'd be able to do this and enjoy it. We'll see!