I kept myself busy -- when I wasn't sleeping -- dyeing wool, thinking the moisture the pots produced would help clear my sinuses. I was dyeing to match colors in some quilting fabrics, so that Janet at Farmhouse Quilt Company and I can tag team teach a matching quilt and hooked rug. I think I finally succeeded. Now I need to hook the rug.
I also spent some time on Pinterest and ebay. My sister Barb sent me a link to an auction of a Grenfell mat, supposedly from the walls of the Dog Team Tavern in Middlebury, Vermont, which burned to the ground several years ago. (I have a small but prized collection of Grenfell mats. If you don't know about them, check out Paula Laverty's book Silk Stocking Mats.) I didn't bid on that rug, but it led me to another -- a woodland scene with a moose, hooked with stockings but not labelled "Grenfell". I'm sure it is Canadian, not sure it is a Grenfell. Didn't care -- my finger hit the Buy it Now button without me even telling it to!
Now I'm prepping for the first show of the year: