I was going to start out my post today by saying that there was something fishy going on here, but then I changed my mind. When I looked at the calendar, I realized that today is my dad's birthday...so I'm going to dedicate the rugs of the day to him! And I'll tell you why in a minute.
This is Trout, and I hooked this rug early in my rug hooking journey many years ago. It was designed by my friend Keith Kemmer. I met him at a spring Hook-In and he was working on his own Trout rug. I knew right away that I had to make this rug too. I ended up winning an honorable mention spot in Celebrations XIII. I take this rug to a lot of my shows but when it retires from the show circuit, it will take its rightful place next to my husband's side of the bed.
This little chairpad is one of my designs called Leaping Trout. This was my teaching project for the ATHA Biennial in New Orleans in 2007. We had a great class and many fond memories. It's more of a cartoon character compared to Keith's Trout design but it's charming all the same.
Now the explanation for why I wanted to dedicate this "fishy" post to my dad for his birthday today. You see, when I was young, I was quite a tomboy. My dad taught me how to paddle a canoe and we went canoeing and fishing together every summer in Northern Michigan. I baited my own hook and I even cleaned and scaled some of my own fish. There was a time when I caught more perch than my dad and my grandpa put together! My dad had a home-made fish smoker in the woods and there was nothing better than to eat smoked fish at the end of a long day.
Happy Birthday Dad!