Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Color and Kittys

I've been madly hooking away for the past month.  The colors I'm currently using really excite me and I love laying contrasting hooked strips down next to each other always wowed by the effect of color.  The following is my little "Water Garden" rug named by my sweet friend and neighbor Emma (who is 10 years old).

I really enjoyed creating this little abstract piece.  There's plenty of color, but I only used about six or seven pieces of wool in this composition.  In other words, I color planned it, even though it may appear a little willy nilly with color.  This rug is about 3'x18".

This next project is the one that really has me jazzed.  Every fall I so look forward to the color of the fall hedge apples.  I love bringing them in, but they last such a short time... so I decided to hook a rug with the hedge apple being the focal point.  It's another somewhat abstract piece, and is quite large.

As you can see, there is no rigid geometric shape to this one.  Just sort of wavy with a curly cue border ..... I'm saving the border for last, but will most likely be a hit n' miss using colors from the design.

And on to doorstep news....I'm so happy to announce that we have a new member to our family.  A sweet little girl that's been hanging about for the last week or so.  Meet Violet!

Isn't she beautiful?!  Right now she is living in the downstairs bedroom as she is quarantined from the other girls (that would be kitty's Iris and Willow).  Still concerns about a little respiratory infection she has.  It's hard to tell from this photo, but she is quite tiny.  The vet thinks she may be about 2 years old.  I love her markings... her coat has sort of a tarnished Bengal cat look.  Violet is the most affectionate sweetie ever!! 

I'm working on a new pastel, which hopefully, I'll have enough done to share in my next post.  And, of course, the never ending knitting of socks.  My new pair is waiting for the toes to get done.  I HATE, HATE, HATE doing the toes.  It never comes out right.  So, I'm experimenting some with this pair.  We'll see........

Hope you're enjoying a beautiful fall (although I know some of you are already experiencing quite the winter!).


Woolly Mammoth Woolens said...

I love the shape of your rug! It's so nice to see something outside the box!

Dag said...

how nice to get an update on your works in progress! i love love love the water garden... smart girl who gave the mat such a suitable name! and i wanna see more of the new rug, so keep it coming!
your new kitty looks like a sweetheart, i hope she'll have a nice transition into your home!! - lucky here to come into a "wooly house"!! ours lounge on the fluff all the time!!
show your sox, maybe i can give you an tip for the toes?!
happy knitting and cat snuggling and hooking!

Michele said...

Your rug is lovely, as usual. The new one looks fun. Lucky Violet - she went the the right house!
Have you tried toe-up socks? That's all I do. I made myself practice the magic 8 cast-on until I got it, and it soon became easy (I did it in good daylight and when I wasn't tired). Then it's clear sailing for the rest of the sock. There is help on you-tube.

Kim said...

I love your bright colors in these new projects. And the shapes are great. It looks like fun.
Violet is a beauty. I hope she can be un-quarantined soon.

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I don't know what to ooh and aah about first! The rugs are fab! So colorful and inventive! I love them. Then, there's the new kitty. She's very pretty. Little, like my Sophie. Love seeing what you're working on right now!

Julia said...

Dulcy, you've been very productive lately.

The irregular border on your colorful little rugs kind of reminds me of my Childhood Memories rug that I've started a while back and put it away to finish quilting my King size quilt.
I have a twisted ribbon border on it and I've never done an irregular border before. Not quite sure of how to finish it when the time comes.

I've knitted socks a while back but I have to follow a pattern for the heel, the toes never gives me problem.

I love that beautiful Violet. She looks perfect.


Cathy G. said...

I'm lovin' your new rugs! Love the shape and gorgeous colors! The hedge apple rug will go with your car!!
Violet is soooooo purrty!! She looks so contented and I'm sure she's pleased she decided to stay with you!
Sounds like you're already getting some help from blog friends for your sock toe problems...... so many good people out there always willing to help! Can't wait to see more progress on your beautiful rug!
Cathy G

Tammy Burks said...

I'm loving the color combinations in your rug....even more beautiful than when you were picking them out...just seeing them hooked in, they sing!
Violet is soooooo beautiful! Can't wait to meet her! Yes, we must hook together soon!

Mary Welsh Hubbard said...

I really love the shapes and the colors you are working with!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Gorgeous rug!
Violet is just beautiful! I rescued a lovely little calico some years ago who had such a terrible respiratory illness I didn't think she would make it. Amoxicillin didn't even touch it, so the vet prescribed Lincosin which is a stronger antibiotic. It saved her life I'm certain! Sending healing thoughts Violet's way!

Mary Stanley said...

Loving your new rugs! Such great colors and fun shapes.
Violet is sooo pretty! a nice addition to the cat family!

Jo Potter said...

Hi Dulcy,
It is wonderful to see your new work. I love the rug and all the bright colours. The autumn piece is especially great because the colours remind me of the floral cushion in my studio. ;-)

Violet is so beautiful and she really does have a Bengal look about her!
Her name suits her because she seems to have a violet tint to her fur.
Have a lovely creative weekend hooking and cuddling cats!

Jennifer Richardson said...

You're amazing....pure gorgeousness!
And sweet Violet is quite the looker
and soooooo lucky to have
landed on your lovely quilt:)
A most beautiful Autumn to you, too's been spectacular here!

ShabbySheep said...

You've been busy girl!! My, my where does your energy come from?
Love, the new rugs. Glad to see you got to use some of my wool. Maybe you'll inspire me to use some of it!!! I haven't been hooking at all!
I do plan on having a small hookers night at my house on the Tues. B4 Thanksgiving. Hope you can make it.
I have a new great-niece (born Nov. 1st) and I plan on having her a new little wall hanging finished by!
I hope Violet is doing better by now and has been included in the family. She looks so sweet.
Call ya tomorrow. xo

susan jenkins said...

Absolutely gorgeous work as always and kitty is precious!!
xx Susan

Nancy said...

Dulcy, I love your new rug; the colors are so beautiful and the shape is interesting.....I love the bright colors you are using these days....

Violet is so precious.....She was very smart to choose you because you are such a caring person....I hope she adjusts well to the other gals......

I am still enjoying my purse so much...I get compliments on it every time I use it and I tell them a very talented friend of mine did it.....

Have a great weekend coming up.....

Relyn Lawson said...

The meal has been eaten.
The kitchen is clean.
The leftovers are stashed.
The walk has been taken.
Everyone is happy and fed and blessed.
Now I have the time to stop by.
On this Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to tell you that I am thankful for you; for this blog; for our friendship. I miss you, friend. Sending you much love, Relyn

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

I'm so happy Violet found you!! she is a stunner and made me smile muchly.
The yellow color is eye popping and looks really good. Loving your creations :-}