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I learned to hook with yarn back in the early 1990's. We have a small farm where we raise sheep and goats, so I was spinning lots of yarn, and always on the lookout for fun things to do with it. Once I discovered hooking with yarn, I was (wait for it...) hooked!
When I was out and about, doing fiber shows, I would hook my rug, and found that people were really interested. This craft is more commonly found on the East Coast, but for folks in Puget Sound it seemed like something new. I started offering classes, and creating my own kits. Little House Rugs was born!
My first book, Hooking With Yarn, was published by Rug Hooking Magazine in 2001. At that time, there were hundreds of books on rug hooking with wool fabric strips, but no books on hooking with yarn, so this one quickly sold out. When the publisher declined to do a reprint, I decided to try my hand at self-publishing. I published Joy of Hooking (With Yarn!) in 2011, and it won the eLit Book Awards! That book was meant to cover all the basics; how to hook, what supplies you need, how to design your own rugs, care and cleaning of hooked rugs, and more. I followed that one up with Rug Hooker's Guide to the YARNIVERSE! to take the hooker beyond the basics; advanced techniques for creating everything from rustic primitive designs to highly detailed, realistic portraits, plus a section on the benefits of handspun yarn in rug hooking, using natural colored yarns, and repair of old rugs. YARNIVERSE also won the eLit Book Awards in 2014.