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What a wonderful way to spend a day and be inspired – and there are sooooo many to go to this spring – yesterday’s hookin hosted by the Olde Forge guild in Ottawa was fabulous. A great new location with more than enough room for everyone, 7 super vendors, delicious food (how is it that on little tiny finger foods I can gain 1 1/2 pounds!!!! – oh yeah, if you fill the plate 3 times hmmm that might explain it), and beautiful rugs for show and tell. Well, all of that and the fun times with like minded hookers! Of course we were sooooo busy that I did not take pix so visit the Olde Forge website and soon there will be pix posted in the gallery (

And morrreeee hookins to come – Moira Mat Makers will be holding their hookin May 28 starting at 9:30 at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre in Belleville; Prescott Hoops and Hooks celebrate with a 30th anniversary hookin starting at 9:30 on June 29th at the Cardinal Legion in Cardinal (contact to register); Westport hookin July 5 starting at 9:30 in Westport at the Lions Club beach and not to be missed the OHCG 50th Anniversary Annual April 30th weekend being held at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville (open to the public on Sunday).

I hope some of you can make it to at least one of these wonderful events – sure to inspire and excite you (and clear those unwanted dollars from your wallet!).

Also coming up on April 21 is our own Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets annual auction. We will have wonderful rughooking related items for sale – wool, patterns, books, cutters… Open to the public from 11 – bring your coffee cup. We will have lunch served by Joanne and Sharon (if you came last year you know this is delicious). We are located in Burritts Rapids at the community centre.  Hope to see you there… Please remember we are a NO SCENT ENVIRONMENT so bring your wallets but leave your perfumes 🙂 at home.

And now a few pix:

Amie sent me this picture of her first finished piece – Pine Tree (one of my kits). I think she did a wonderful job… Image

And Susan’s beautiful needle felted pieces (check out her website at )


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