Saturday, March 2, 2013

Need has NOTHING to do with it ~

But I WANT it (saying it as I stomp my feet).  My first frame was purchased on eBay and did not hold the linen taut.  I then bought a used Puritan, also on eBay, and it has served me well for many years.  I've cleaned the gripper strips but it's just not gripping as tightly as I'd like.  I am assuming the needles (for lack of a better term) get dull since replacements can be bought.  Recently I also bought a used Morton frame.  The needles are very sharp and it's great for small rugs, but I want something with a larger work area.  After taking a test drive on Melissa's frame, this is what I want :)

Snap Dragon HIGHBOY Cherry or Walnut and Poplar Rug Hooking Frame

I have not heard one person who hooks with a Snapdragon frame say they don't like it.  

Too bad I just had my little SUV radiator replaced (and I need tires and another somewhat major repair - UGH!).  That was slightly more than the cost of the frame . . . sigh.  So you just may be seeing some things for sale on the blog.  A girl's gots to do what a girl's gots to do, right?

I'll leave you with this picture of Ellie.  She has been acting strangely the last couple of days.  I'm not sure what's going on, but when I came upstairs a bit ago, she was sitting on the landing looking so guilty and a few feet away was a little "puddle".  When I yelled at her, she went and hid under the couch.  She had just been outside (and did her business) and by her reaction, she knew what she did was wrong.  Oh how I wish I could get inside that little puppy brain!

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)


Kim said...

Oh, poor little Ellie. That is a guilty, yet sweet, little face. I hope she's just having a bad day and she comes around.
I'm the same as you, I can't distinguish between want and need. I hope you order your snapdragon.

The Wool Cupboard said...

Hope you can scrape together enough to get the new frame, Lauren!! I know just how you feel...I WANT a Townsend wool cutter, but yikes....the price.

Poor little Ellie looks so sad...she knows she did a bad thing and looks so sorry...makes you just want to hug her. (I'm a marshmallow when it comes to cute little puppy sad faces!)

Miccosukee said...

Knowing your financial situation, I hate to point out that you might need to either discuss Ellie's problem with or take her in to your vet. Having owned a few female terriers, I remember they on occasion would get urinary or renal problems. That could help explain her hiding and "piddling". It cleaned up pretty sooner although I did have to change their diet and be sure they swallowed their pills.
Like you, I would love to have a new frame but instead of the Townsend, went for Gene's #2 favorite, the K's Creation. It has served me well.

Primitive Stars said...

Oh poor Ellie, she must miss her mom, feel so sad for her.....Hope you find your

Penny said...

That face says Guilty as Charged!! I'm sure she didn't mean it.... I have two shih tzu's that sometimes do the same.... and they always seem to know. Guess they just can't hold it sometimes.... She is so sweet..... :)

acorn hollow said...

Oh how I know it has nothing to do with need. I too have had some car repairs and signed up for a 2 day class in May while not expensive it really is a little more than I should have paid. I hope you get your frame. I have never worked on one I am still working or a purtain.

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Lauren,
I still use my original frame that I got off of Craig's List for $50, and I actually like it much, much better than a hexagon shaped fancy swivel thing that I never use.

My vet told me once that when an animal has an accident right in front of you, or where you can easily see it, they are trying to tell you something. Especially since she has acted funny. I think she needs to go to the vet, maybe she has a bladder infection.

Cold and nasty here...complain, complain.


Farm Girl said...

Poor puppy, that little face just breaks my heart. That looks like a very nice frame. I need a bigger one as the one I have is so small for my big rugs.
I know what you mean, it is always so hard to wait. :) I can't wait to see what you decide to sell.

Dog Trot Farm said...

Good evening Lauren, poor dear Ellie I do hope she is well. I can see she is frightened, the "I did something wrong, but don't know why" look. Please keep us posted. I had never heard of Snapdragon, I would say Snapdragon is the Cadillac of all frames. I continue to enjoy hooking on a hoop, I have various sizes which work well for me. Hugs from Maine, Julie.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Well, I guess I should have chosen a different day to visit here and reconnect. :o Lil' Crow's car is totaled, Daddy Crow's ride bit the dust yesterday, and mine is hit and miss....and, I haven't hooked a worm in ages, yet you have me convinced I need a frame I never heard of!! Way to go....Told you - you are the EVIL twin!!! ;o Poor Ellie....we've been having some incidents with our Gazoo as well - guess I can't blame him - he's 16, blind, and deaf....and it's easy for a snowbank here in Nod to swallow him whole. At least he chooses to have his "accidents" in the bathroom.... Hoping all is well in your world....Love Maria's lil' lamb you hooked up!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Saundra said...

You will LOVE your Snapdragon when you gather enough coins to purchase it. I'd go directly thru Sue rathern than e-bay.

Pup incontenance, my Shadow girl had a problem and we put her on medication which she eventually out grew and stopped taking the meds. Not sure what is up with her tho. Hope the owner is soon back home.


Mugwump Woolies said...

I get it...I have wanted a Townsend cutter for years...I have trouble justifying the expense when my old Fraser still gets the job done.When I wanted to upgrade from my Puritan, I bought a wonderful floor frame on ebay from The Needleworks in Connecticut. The octagon frame is great for larger rugs and it turns 360 degrees so you don't have to keep pulling your rug on and off the frame. You can adjust it to so many different ways and it is beautifully crafted.
Good luck!

The Evening Stitcher said...

Oh poor Ellie and poor you! I hope she's ok. I love my Snap holds everything so tight...the only thing is...I kind of miss having the floor frame with it. I place it on my coffee table and hook, but I'm leaning over and if you're old like me...your back starts to ache a bit. But your loops will never look makes hooking go much quicker! I still love my Morton..not so much. Hoping to go in September with you and Melissa to "I love you Katie's" retreat..she's sending me the info this week...take care!

marly said...

Since she knew it was wrong and felt bad, she may not be able to control it. Infection? Could be. Or too many cups of coffee. Exercise. Laughing. Sneezing. Oh wait.....that's me.

Orange Sink said...

Hi Lauren,
Don't you wish we'd win the lottery or that ship would finally come sailing in! LOL! I've heard good things about the Snapdragon. Our frame of choice here is the simple Appleton Krafts frame made by Tom Flannagan out of Ipswich, MA. Super nice to deal with! The basic frame is 95.00 plus shipping. I have hooked all my rugs on it since 2006. I just bought replacement gripper strips but still haven't put them on. Guess I'm waiting for the gripper strip fairy to get over here! LoL!
I sure hope little sweet Ellie doesn't have some kind of health issue going on! Sure is a hard time of year even on dogs. Hope things return to normal soon.
Big hugs!!
Cathy G

jody said...

poor lil ellie, shes probley missing her mama today...cute sad little face. well at least you have been getting some hooking in..i need to at least move mine in eyes view! enjoy your evening!