My rug has been spending the summer at the cottage. We were there for the last while, so I got a chance to spend some time with it. The one end is close to done. It may not look like much progress, but the rug is almost five feet wide so it takes a while to make it across. The text is done on the other end, but there is lots of hooking left. Each end will be this blue as-is texture–but I will have to get out the dye pots for the colours in the centre. I am hoping for a subtle transition to blocks of green, yellow and orange. The hooking I am doing now is almost meditative hooking, the kind I like best, but soon I will have to decide on the main part of the rug–design and background. And that takes thought and planning. Concentration. But for now I am enjoying the sun on the water, the calls of the loons and the slip of the wool through my fingers.As far as bags go–here is the lining for the new one. I hope to show you it finished tomorrow. It is made from a rich brown skirt cut on the diagonal. This bag is a good size and classic birdbrain, including the lining of brightly coloured squares from a European market and the screen-printed bird pocket.