I spend a great deal of time at my hooking frame. That translates into a not insignificant amount of time of me sitting on my rump. I combat the sedentary portions of my day with walking and running and, depending on the season, kayaking or cross country skiing. Still, after a couple hours sitting in one spot, my lower back starts to tweak and my shoulders to ache. In response to these annoyances, I’ve been working on my posture, form (Yes! There is good form for hookers!), and flexibility, and throwing in a little bit of strength training intermittently throughout my day. Stogie, however, has decided that sit-ups are a core bonding exercise rather than a core building one. That’s just how we roll around here.
Sometimes I’m just baffled why it takes me so long to get some things done. I’m going to chock it up to too many ideas, too little time. This hooked mermaid pillow literally began to take shape three years ago. I kid you not. An impromptu iPad doodle was destined to be a hooked work of art one day. I just hadn’t expected it to take so long. Life happens and other projects rise to the surface, orders with deadlines clog the creative highway from time to time. But after a visit to Susie Stephenson’s studio and admiring her hand knit mermaid dolls, I was inspired to dig out the long buried image of the serene bathing beauty from under the sea.
As long as the gal has been percolating in the back of my brain, parts of my stash that went into her may have been percolating longer. The kinky golden wool yarn I used for her hair has been sitting waiting for its purpose for some eight years since I picked it up at a fiber festival in Western MA. Being a hooker, I frequently buy old suit garments to harvest the wool, but I’ve never been able to discard the linings. They’ve just been accumulating quietly in the closet for years. Here, they finally shine. The little hints of iridescence they add to the aquatic background are perfect. Several years ago, friends and I made the journey up to Deanne Fitzpatrick’s studio. One friend purchased a skein of silk sari “yarn” and then later gifted it to me. A mermaid’s body was perfectly filled out with terra cotta warmth against the cool blue sea.
If you are interested in purchasing the Mermaid Pillow, it is available here. If you’d like to hook it yourself, fear not! The instant download pattern is in the works. If you are in a hurry, just email me.
Nearing completion…. I was originally planning on hooking this design, but I’m so happy to have taken the needlepunch path. I can hook it another time.
Just a little cashmere hooked heart filled with a bit of lavender. This one is a special request already destined for its special recipient.
Yes. Spring has finally graced our little corner of the world. It seems overnight we’ve gone from snowblowers and parkas to throwing all the windows open and ferrying ladybugs out to safety. Thick winter boots have been traded in for muck lucks to traverse wide swathes of mud. And who could stay holed up in the studio when the landscape is finally inviting you to be part of it again. Certainly not me and my ever faithful crew. The front stoop become the official hookery of the day.