Friday, July 23, 2010

Almost finished with Livvie's Birthday rug. A Better Look without Kirby :)

It is more than 6 months to Livvie's 3rd birthday, and I've finished most of the hooking for her first rug from me. This is a rug design by Karen Kahle, "Waterlilies" I fell in love with at first sight. Livvie's birthday was the Leap Day in 2008. So frogs have become something we connected with her design wise.  In Grandpaparazzi's mind and mine...it wasn't that much of a stretch. :)

I added a small strip to the bottom of the design that reads Grandma Loves YOU so that she will remember who made it for her. We've had wonderful times together in these early years of her life, but I really don't expect to be around by the time she is 30 or so. No one but the Good Lord knows the number of our days, but my years are piling up.  Trouble is, Grandma has some values problems. Not values like personal beliefs, my own are fairly apparent if you are a regular reader. If your's are way different, like the creep that keeps leaving comments in some oriental alphabet that will never be approved(link to a girlie site) you probably aren't returning.

Not as obvious to the eye when you are working on it as in the top picture, but I've learned that a picture often reveals surprises. And check it out in grayscale! So reverse hooking will take place this evening or at least sometime this weekend. After the pizza (a Friday night tradition) is cleaned up, I plan to do the new green. This will be completely different as Hill Country Herb Garden, as the reformulated blue and yellow are very different from my first tries. In addition, I plan to majorly increase my unifying color. I love these clear colors, but do want some primmer colors. So after asking advice at AAPG (An American Primitive Gathering) I'm going to increase my "secret ingredient" :) Not a secret to Merrie, Debbie, or anyone who reads that forum. from 1/32 to 1/2 tsp....should make a dramatic difference.

8 comments:

moosecraft said...

Very cute rug! Livvie will treasure it for years!

Kathy (woolfind) said...

what a wonderful memory rug for Livvie! She will always treasure it, I"m sure.

I do hope you share your dyeing experiments. Hope the 1/2t helps ya!!

patijane said...

What a beautiful rug!!!!Livvie is going to cherish that rug forever!!!!! I will have to start now to finish one for Emma by her 3rd birthday. Have a great weekend!!!!

Cotton Eyed Jo said...

Thanks, ladies! I had great fun hooking it. A lot of couldn't wait to see how it would turn out. I've decided to use dk brown like mud layer below the pond, and add some little critters in it. :)

I do hope it will be something that helps her remember how much fun we had.

kelley said...

Olivia is going to love her little jumping frog rug...not nearly as much as she does her wonderful gradma Jonut though...love it!

April DeConick said...

This is so cute Jo!

PrisNasonShartle said...

My goodness, Jo, Olivia's rug is precious! What a gift you have; what a gift she has in you. Love you, my friend.

Cotton Eyed Jo said...

I'm working on binding this rug, will show it finished before February!. (Whipping isn't nearly so much fun to do)