Too Much of a Good Thing

I am a multi-project person. I always have been, and once I accepted that reality about myself, it was much easier to move ahead with my work. But once in a while, it gets to be too much. I can’t keep track of all my projects. My chair, where I do hand-work in the evening, looks like a rat’s nest. And something conspires to make me stop starting new ideas (they never stop!) and to work on finishing what is in front of me.

I signed up at the last minute to go to rug hooking camp! I’m so excited about this. And it served as the impetus to get my projects in line. So I put away the latest embroidery project (I only had the quilt sandwich made, and then got “stuck.”)

I got busy working on the “sea” part of my rug. I wanted to have that finished before I went to camp.


I kept at the hexagons every night until that was done.


I love how it looks. One of these days something will strike me as to how I want to use it as a background.

And then I worked on finishing the latest rag rug. I want to use it as a sample, because I got it into my mind that maybe some of the rug hookers would like to make knitted rugs, and so I cut tons of my scraps into one inch strips. (They have a student sale one afternoon at rug camp.)


I always think it would be fun to knit a bigger rug, but they are extremely heavy and burdensome by the time they get to this size. This rug weighs three pounds!

I also got up one morning and decided to untangle this rug. I knit it in squares (see above about the work being too heavy.) I thought that was a clever idea. But when I sewed the squares together, something happened, and one of them became “unknitted” but was still attached to the main piece. I’m pretty sure knitters will know what I mean. A total nightmare. But I was able to untangle and re-knit it, and I do love it. I knitted it specifically for my new kitchen long before the kitchen was completed.


Sophie always has to “claim” any new rug.


Finishing projects, and not starting new ones allows me time to do all the things I need to do to get ready to leave for a trip. I organized all my rug wool, and have everything by the back door, ready to be packed in the car. Little by little I cleaned up most of the studio, so when I come back from camp, full of energy and new ideas, I will find a clear place to work. This is a relatively new concept for me, and I highly recommend it!


The garden is watered, and the doggie room is vacuumed! I will return in a week, rested and full of creative ideas!

10 thoughts on “Too Much of a Good Thing

  1. Love that rug with the animals and the sea! Noah’s Ark? I want to make a Signature of Jesus quilt like yours. Any suggestions?

    • That rug is inspired by the words in Colossians 1 “Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”

      I’m not sure which quilt you are thinking about –there is a whole series of quilts called “The Signature of Jesus.” I would just say, let your imagination run free, and create a quilt with a cross using any technique that you love working with.

  2. Debbie I always feel more normal after I read your post. I too have many hand projects at my feet by the TV. At times I just must deal with them.
    I am moving this summer necessitating packing up and sorting out so am in the same place as you. Good luck to both of us.

  3. Debby, your organisation and preparation are inspiring. Have a happy and productive camp, and I’m looking forward to seeing your new projects. Cheers from Aussie…

  4. I see rays of light emanating from the hexagon quilt. Can’t wait to see where your creative process goes with this one. 🙂

    The Queen appreciates that you knit rugs to show off her beautiful coat. I love your knitted rugs – on the sample for camp, did you knit the body and then pick up the border later?

    Oh and your rug hooking projects are always so beautiful – I love how you can feel the movement in them! Have fun at camp!!!

  5. LOVE that hexagon piece. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Makes me want to do more hexagons……(no, no, no!).

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