Rug retrospective 2009: Rugs finished this year

As the new year approaches, I am going to be posting some rug retrospectives.

This year has been amazingly filled with rug hooking. I hadn't picked up a hook in five years because my life was so busy with a new job, a new home, and a new baby. Being new to Houston, I had no idea where to find other rug hookers.

That changed when I saw the ad in RHM for the Stash Sisters, an ATHA guild that meets the first Saturday every month in Humble, Texas. I showed up for my first meeting in February and used the time to become reaquainted with my rug Transfiguration (then unnamed) which I had begun to hook on a trip north in August 2008. I met a group of wonderful women and struck up the beginnings of new and meaningful friendships that day.

I came back the next month, with no progress on Transfiguration over the month, but continued to hook on the rug at the meetings. In April, I attended the Stash Sisters' hook-in, met more area hookers, and decided then and there that I needed to get serious about hooking again.

So I started up this blog to chart my progress and to write memoirs about the rugs I had hooked already. I had no idea about the fantastic community of on-line rug hookers out there or the wonderful people I would meet through my blog. Or the direction that my blog has taken. To encourage community and rug hooking (and keep it up myself!), I initiated the TEN MINUTE CHALLENGE and also started the PALETTE DYEING rug camp on Rug Hooking Daily.

The TEN MINUTES a day has paid off for me. What rugs have I finished this year (plus some cup coasters, not pictured)? Dimensions and other information can be viewed under the GALLERY button above.

More retrospective later...