Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Hooks and Scales

What a treat! A two-weekend rug hooking class in person! Local and taught by Doris Norman, Celtic hooker extraordinary. 

I’m a primitive hooker for sure, but I’d heard learning fine shading would help me anyway. I say fine shading but I’m using a #6 to do the fingering and mock shading methods.

This is what we’re working on; not my piece but I’ll post a pic when it’s done. 
I’ve also been busy baking in cast iron. My daughter is anemic and I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to boost iron intake- though she lives far away.
Tea biscuits 
I love the the little loaf sized pan.
Baking means I eat a little and freeze the rest. Hubby is on keto and I don’t eat a lot.

I’ve been doing auctions again. 
Scored this fantastic “ash laundry basket” for $30. 

I bid and won on a “counter scale.”
Because this auction was online I had no idea how big it really was— it just appealed to my style. 
Well, it must have an 18” base and it’s iron so it’s heavy as all get-out. It’s got a small stamp that reads “Howe Made in Canada.”
I think I’ll resell it. 

Question to the knowledgeable:
Should I clean up the iron before posting and what should I ask for it? 
Paid $31, so I’m sure I got a deal. 

This week I’m looking forward to craft night with the gals and the second half of the hooking class!


Rugs and Pugs said...

The tulip piece is so pretty. Is that yours?
Great deal on the basket. It can hold lots of wool...hint, hint.
I'm guessing the scale was local. It would cost a fortune to mail. Same with the basket.
Though not heavy it would take a really big box...lol! I would not clean up the iron other than to remove any dirt. Best to err on the side of caution and let the new owner decide what they want to do.

TheCrankyCrow said...

I totally agree that the "basics" of shading would be helpful no matter that one's style preference may be primitive. I know I could benefit from something like that...my brain just doesn't work that way LOL. (But, for the record, I'd say a 6 cut is pretty dang "fine" in my book...) Your biscuits and cornbread look wonderful...wish I could give your daughter some of my iron... As a result of my autoimmune issues, I have the opposite issue...incredibly high Ferritin levels. That laundry basket is fantastic!! What an amazing "score." As for the scale...yes, I say leave as is..... ~Robin~

WoolenSails said...

I use shading in some of my prim pieces, and it is fun to learn something new.
Your biscuits look delicious. Does your daughter like clams, that and blueberries are a good source.
I can always tell when I am low on iron and those are my two go to's.


kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

I don’t know about the clams (I’ll ask), but def eats lots of blueberries. Her heart flutters when she’s low. And yes I am liking learning new hooking techniques.

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

Yes! #6 is fine. I’m pretty much married to the # 8. The breads turned out well, but I must say the cornbread was incredible (from Sally’s Baking Addiction). I’m gonna leave the scale as is and hang the basket on a wall! Happy November!

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

The tulip is Doris’ hooking. Mine will be revealed in a future post. Yes, the scale was local. I’ve learned my lesson about long distance mailing charges. Ugh. Thanks for the recommend not to clean. There is some dust/grime that I’ll remove though.

Saundra said...

I did a rug with shading in #8 cut, I'll send you a photo.

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