Monday, March 23, 2015

Wooly Post – and a Gathering!

Sure thought Spring was here for a bit – but that’s all we got was ‘a bit’ – several nice days of beautiful weather when you could even have some windows opened a bit as well – but nope, this morning there’s lots of snow on the ground!  But then I guess just because Spring came just a few short days ago, the weather guru didn’t get the message!!

A week ago Thursday Doug and I went up north to my brothers for a little outing – and we went to Wisconsin Rapids to Country Freckles where I found wool and a hooking pattern.
Tulip pattern

And then on Friday we all drove up to Rice Lake to visit my friend Cathy Greschner from Red House Wool.
Found some jummy Wools there.
Red Wool

Tan Wool

Then on the way home to our house we stopped in Lodi, WI at Cottage House Primitives and I bought some yards of wool and some more fat Quarters.
Yards of wool

Brown wool 1

Blue wool

Now I guess I had better start HOOKING!!!

If you remember I started having a ‘gathering’ here the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Well the actual first one was last Tuesday and there were 5 of us.  I know in April there will be more because the ones who couldn’t make it this time said they would be here…yeahhhh!
We had a fun time getting to know each other by taking a turn around the table telling about ourselves – we enjoyed that a lot.  We saw we all had a lot in common, not just the love of wool and stitching.

I served a chicken salad lunch and some awesome Chocolate cupcakes from a ‘Wacky Cake’ recipe.
gathering group


Then this past Thursday Doug and I took a drive up to Menasha, WI to Primitive Gatherings – been told a lot about this place and had to see it for myself.  It’s basically a fabric shop full of wool and homespuns and other fabrics and patterns galore!

I did find 3 punch needle patterns and some Valdani threads.
Bunny punch needle

 House and crow

Sheep and Clover

The colors of these threads are not coming out true to color – but here they are anyway.Valdani thread

I also bought some beautiful Turquoise over dyed wool to make this beautiful Penny Rug. I took a picture of it but for some reason the wools didn’t show up true.  But they are almost exactly as in the picture.
I bought the pattern from Lake View Primitives

Pointed tab penny rug 
So there you have my outings and purchases!

I was going to put some pictures on from around the house but this post is long enough! Next time !!

Blessings to all and enjoy your week doing whatever it is you do.



  1. Oh my, you went to all of my favorite places and your wool is so yummy! Some day I am going to go visit Cathy. It's about four hours to drive there from here I think. So glad you had a nice group of ladies come. Looks like you all had some great projects in the works! I'm itching to get hooking on a rug but haven't decided what yet! So much I want to do, sometimes I go in circles trying to figure out what to do next and then in don't get anything done! Thanks for sharing Karen! It's a great post!!
    Hugs, Lori

  2. Now that was a very productive shopping trip! Nothing like the girls stitching together, great idea!

    1. celkalee, thank you so much for the visit.
      Yes, fun time we had and now I'm really looking forward to April's gatherings.

  3. Where did you get the penny rug pattern? I've been looking all over for it and can't even access the Lakeside Primitives website! I love that piece!

  4. Oops, I ment Lakeview Primitives!

    1. Jean,
      It is a Lake View Primitives pattern. I got it on Etsy.

  5. It is a good thing I don't have wool/fabric shops like that in my area! I would be broke!

  6. Sounds like a lot of fun, pretty colors, and a great get together.
    Loved all your photos.!
    Hope you get some warm weather soon!

  7. Sound like so much fun:)
    I wish we have a wool shop here too.
    Big warm hugs x

  8. Looks like you had allot of fun on your outtings, I have been pretty much to all of those shops but to Rice Lake. Lodi is my favorite, but I live pretty close to it myself. You'll have to post again with what you are working on. I hate that I cannot attend your gatherings, but I gotta work to pay for all my playing!!! Tammy

  9. You've gotten some wonderful patterns and wool. Oh, my. You know how I love wool and I recognize many of the pieces you bought because I have them too :)
    What fun visiting all those wonderful shops. I'm sure Cathy is a dear in person.
    Hugs :)

  10. What fun travels. You hit my favorite stores. ( haven't been to Cathy's in Rice Lake yet)
    Lovely purchases!

  11. You sure have been busy! Love all those road trips. When I saw the gathering of ladies at the table you mreminded me of an Amish quilting day. Hugs, Maggie

  12. Your trip sounds like my kind of day having fun.
    The ladies look like they are enjoying themselves Karen!
    ps Are you going to Simple Goods?

  13. oh my Karen, just finished reading your post on your bedroom .......I am tired just reading it !!! Looks beautiful, love the floor and the stenciling is awesome !

    1. Hi Linda - thank you so much...guess what? I was pooped! lol
      It was a huge undertaking but we are so happy with the results.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  14. Great post and lovely photos! Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. It is snowing here today. :)

  15. Wonderful treasures you found! I love the place in Lodi, when we get up to the lake house I try to stop on the way when we are running early enough. I may have to check out the other places you mentioned this Summer. Thanks for sharing Karen!


  16. Karen, what fun road trips to took ~ such a wonderful selection of wools you got and love the patterns you picked up too!!! Oh Primitive Gatherings is one of my favorite shops I'm so lucky it's not far from my house. I really need to make a road trip to see Carol in Lodi ~ so love her wool there too! Looks like all you gals were having fun creating together ~ it's always nice when you can do it with friends!
    What were you working on? ~ it looks interesting.
    Lovely post ~ looking forward to hearing from you again!

  17. love that penny rug. I've not been doing much stitching. love all your pretty wools.

    for some reason Google thinks it has to "enhance" our images so that's why some images don't come out true color.

  18. Hi Karen, I have lost all of my good blog sites that I followed and I found your again by looking up on FB. I have missed reading all about your adventures! Love the finished bedroom BTW. And oh your Gathering twice a month sounds wonderful. Maybe I should search harder to see if I could find enough ladies to get one going. Looks like you have really taken off with your rug hooking and punch needle. So good to catch up a bit with you. Coming to Ohio for any shows this year? Take care, and I will chat with you later. Hugs to you!


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