Have you ever worked so hard, for so long, on something that when it's finally done, you feel a let down? I finished hooking the last possible loop in a rug that I started so long ago I don't remember when. I loved the design, carefully chose the hand dyed wool, cut up the strips and placed them in my Ziploc bag carrier. I worked on it for hours at a time but months between the sessions. Unfortunately I had fallen madly in love with knitting and the rug hooking that had piqued my interest when my love for quilting waned, was sadly cast aside.
Oh I tried to re-kindle the love. I'd pick it up from time to time but just couldn't get there. Rug hooking really causes my thumbs to ache and I get a stinging, sharp pain in my shoulders that radiates up my neck. Thank goodness for ibuprofen and my Homedic hand held massager.
So now the main work is complete. Next is a serious blocking to get the edges to behave and then the binding. This all needs to be done by next weekend. No more delays. I spent over 16 hours just this weekend on the hooking. I can't begin to count up the hours spent over the last few years on it. But the end is near and I'm awfully relieved.
Now I can go back to my regularly scheduled knitting!