Thursday, January 20, 2011

Happily Hooking

I was so tickled to wake up this morning and realize that I had no errands to run, no laundry to wash, no groceries to buy and nothing pressing was on my agenda. I ended up being able to hook for nearly six hours and got a good start on the cover for the footstool  - WooHoo!  I think I mentioned that I am making this for my mother-in-law. I've always noticed that when I make a gift for someone, one of the best parts of the experience is that I think about that person almost the whole time I'm working on it, and that was the case today. Last week my MIL had hip replacement surgery and everything went really well - she's had both knees done so she had an idea of what was in store for her. Yesterday I spent several hours visiting with her at the rehab center where she's staying for a week or so - we played a couple card games and just talked, so it was really nice. I hope I can get this stool done quickly so she can use it when she gets back home. She's quite short, and wants to use this when she sits on the couch so her feet don't dangle above the floor.

 I listened to a book on tape for most of the time I was hooking which made it more enjoyable. A couple months ago I happened to be at the library when they were having a sale of old materials, and I picked up six different book on tape stories for just 25 cents each! Good deal, huh? I've actually read several books by this author and enjoyed them all.

When I went out to get the mail after lunch I found that my prize package had arrived - last week I won a giveaway from Mercy at The Stone Cottage. She sent a darling scarf and included some handmade pomegranate soap and some raspberry truffles. YUM! In the world of blogging we're practically neighbors since we actually live in the same state! LOL Thanks for all the goodies Mercy!


Deb said...

The hooked piece looks great so far! I hope you can get it it finished in time and that your MIL's recovery goes smoothly. I've read quite a few of Jennifer's books and like them quite a bit - in fact snatch one up when it comes out. Even better when you can get them for 25 cents each.

And great prizes too!

TeresaM said...

I love those days when there is nothing pressing to do!!

Your rug is so pretty! Love all the shading.... something I really need to learn.

I'm just finishing up my first rug and see I have lots to learn!

Can't wait to see the finished product!

Aunt Polly's Attic said...

Love your hooking, Gayle. It's gorgeous, as always. And your MIL is going to need it when she comes home as she won't be able to dangle that leg for several weeks. Hubby has had both hips replaced and it's a tough surgery. Good luck to your MIL ... she's going to love her footstool.


Lori said...

You did get a lot done on the rug. It is looking fantastic!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
It sounds like your MIL is a real sweetheart. I hope her recovery and therapy goes well. How wonderful you are making that foot stool for her. Your colors are luscious! I have never found 6 hours to hook - even when I have been to a! Good for you.
Pug hugs :)
Thank you for the sweet comment you left on Cathy's blog :)

Nedra said...

Your footstool is really coming along nicely, Gayle. What a thoughtful present for your MIL. I'm sure she appreciated the visit too!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

You just described my perfect day ~ hooking all day with nothing else looming in the background! Your footstool rug is coming along great! You're a wonderful DIL, for sure!

Wendie Scott Davis said...

So true about the "thinking" part of hooking for others. The other bonus is that you often hook with a completely different palette than your own. The tweed outline on the smaller paisley is gorgeous. This cover is going to be so lovely and textural. Keep posting the progress, please. And speedy recovery to the MIL - aren't we lucky to have such great ones!!!

Lewaina@cliffsideranch said...

Hi neighbor! :-)
Glad your goodies got to you!
Love the footstool cover you're hooking. Beautiful!

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Wow, you got a lot done already! That's awesome! How nice to spend that time with her, I'm sure she really enjoyed it. She will love this footstool! The colors are beautiful.

Congrats on the win, looks like some fun stuff!

Wooly 4 Ewe said...

I love your footstool. You do such beautiful work. It will look good with the chair.