So it’s not exactly knitting. Or crocheting for that matter.
A blog about such lovely pasttimes as visiting and botany should never find itself speaking about hooking, but here I am doing just that (and no, it’s not what you think).
This week I’ve abandoned all that I’ve been knitting for a more location-appropriate activity: the traditional art of Newfoundland rug-hooking, or, more succintly, hooking. The rug that I’ve envisioned is based on a war rations poster from the US Food Administration, put out in the early 1940s. I first saw a version of it in the April issue of Country Living UK, and was struck by how pertinent the suggestions were for a contemporary household.
My rug-hooking experience is limited, but with more than a handful of talented women and a bevy of rugs in their wake, I think I’m getting the hang of it. I may have underestimated on the size of the overall rug (ie I’ll be squishing the final words in by the skin of my teeth), but regardless, I’m having such a great time hooking, hehe. The best part? It takes almost no wool, so as soon as I’ve finished with one colour, I can use the remainder for a fairly decent-sized project, like a hat or mittens. And at $4.50 a skein for 100% wool, it’s a win-win situation!
I was lucky enough to receive another (!) gift book in the mail this week. This time, it’s William Trevor’s Love and Summer, which I am completely excited to start tonight. I haven’t even finished the first William Trevor I have (it’s on the iPad and I just can’t get into this e-reading), but I already love Trevor and expect to read a lot more of him in the fall. I love finding underappreciated novelists. I can’t speak to Love and Summer yet, but I have no doubt that it’ll be a winner. It was long-listed for the Man Booker last year, so I expect great things.
Have you ever tried rug hooking? Would anyone be interested in a series of tutorials?
Linking with Ginny’s Yarn-along today.