Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Gone Hooking

I must apologize for not being round the blogosphere these past five days. Instead I was enjoying cabin fever with family and Paco the dog in West Virginia, where I finally succumbed to my sisters' hooking obsession. After years of making fun of their hooking, their hooking conventions, and their hooker talk, I decided if you can't beat them, hook with them.

Here we are, sitting on the porch in West Virginia, hooking. I'm wearing my Joe's Jeans from Meridian on 34th Street, husband's boy scout shirt and Old Navy flip-flops.

With Paco, our pimp daddy, overseeing:

Did you know rug hooking is the only indigenous North American craft? No, me neither. And before I bore you with any more hooking trivia, let me recommend hooking for those of you who are stressed out, a little OCD, and need floor coverings. Hooking can also satisfy creative impulses as you can design your own rug. I plan on getting the husband to draw me some really outrageous, anti-rug hooking patterns. Ideas, anyone? I first thought a skull and crossbones motif, but after those McQueen scarves it seems a little cliche.

I left the hooker at home today and will be back on 34th Street shopping. The hooking outfit reminds me that I need to visit Meridian and Old Navy this week, two stores I've been remiss in shopping lately. And Zara, and Macy's, and H&M, and Forever 21....but as Meridian is harder to find, location is below. And click here for two reviews about this little known store with great deals. I couldn't say it better myself.

Meridian, 6th Avenue between 35th & 36th Streets


La Belette Rouge said...

I used to do those rug hooking kits you can buy at Michael's or JoAnn's when I was in high school. Unhappily, the designs were always cheesy and sort of Disney inspired so I threw away my handiwork. If only I had a skull and crossbones pattern I would have kept them.

Hope you are had a lovely time in W.V.

WendyB said...

I used to do those hooking kits when I was in elementary school. I've had a weird urge to do them again recently.

Tricia said...

It's the weather - round fall time I suddenly get crafty and want to drink lots of red wine and knit or hook or something.

Anonymous said...

Totally off topic, but I gotta say that Paco is a gorgeous boy.

Sharon S said...

Hi there-it looks a really intriguing hobby, you should keep it up!

Tricia said...

sal - is he not adorable? and very scared of kittens!
sharon - that's exactly my problem, i have a bad history with that!

Daniela Valdez said...

What a lovely place! I hope you had a great time!

Lipstick said...

Great post and fun title! I love the pic of y'all sitting on the front porch!

Anonymous said...

Hey Miss Fashion, congratulations! We're betting you hook some wonderful goodies!


Sister Wolf said...

Great photo! Great dog! I agree, no skulls. How about some other tattoo design, like a mermaid or swallows?

Anonymous said...

Your hooking days have only just begun! LOL.

Grayburn said...

When I head over to hawaii next year, I'm getting meself a pair of joe's. Any other recs for must buy jeans from the US?

x Grayburn

BeFRuiTFuL KReaTioNS said...

So glad you decided to join them. I really enjoy this art form. I love the setting of where you gals were hooking. How gorgeous. Happy Rug Hooking to you.

A fellow rug hooker at hear.

Elizabeth said...

This is making me want to hook rugs.

Did I say that out loud?

Should we form a hooking club, and hold meetings in an old bordello, with red lights in the windows?

Or is that too cliché?

Reena Rai said...

Insanely jealous, that place looks amazing! And your dog is adorable!

Anonymous said...

You know, of all the crafts I've tried, this isn't one of them. I wonder if it's like crochet?

Tricia said...

dana - had a wonderful time, and WVA isn't bad to visit!
lipstick - me too, we look so country!
TP - thanks, I'll hook a pink and green rug next.
SW - Paco is da man. Mermaids & swallows, yes!
Farren - I know, but I hope to soon be an experienced hooker.
Grayburn - love Joe's styles, and am also a dedicated Levi's girl.
befruitful - hooking is such fun! and your hooked pineapple is amazing.
enc - i think the more cliche the better in this case. Yes to hooking in an old bordello with a red hooker light! God I love this craft.
fashion dreamer - it's my sister's dog & place, and I never want to leave when I'm there.
ambika - kind of, but I think it's even easier than crochet. we're doing primitive hooking (!) which is with big wools in burlap or linen, so it's easy and fast.

Syed said...

I love knitting and crocheting, especially on winter evenings, which I should start doing earlier because I end up with scarves and jumpers for summer! Will definately have to give rug hooking a try :)

Imelda Matt - The Despotic Queen of Shoes said...

Where's your rifle and spit-toon?

Tricia said...

dapper k - you must, perfect no-brainer winter craft!
Imelda - my inbred childrens are out back spitting and shooting.

Anonymous said...

Great instructor, Traditional Rughooking is IN: recycle woolen clothing from thrift shops into warm, art for your floors. Visit www.rughookingmagazine.com
Say HI to Maureen for me, Susan from West Virginia

Songy said...

Hey.. just be a good sport and do one using a Cat Penny Rug Pattern.. I like that stuff!
You will show us your fantastical effort won't you?!