After one of her visits to my home to help me update this website "The Woolly Trout", I gave her the "Night Raider" pattern, drawn on linen, as a "thank you" for her help. This pattern is available on this website.
This was the largest rug that she had ever hooked. (Night Raider pattern - 22 x 67) She told me that one of the hardest part was to estimate the amount of wool needed for the elongated deer. As she was hooking the deer she realized she wasn't going to have enough of the brown wool. So she went back to the dye pot to dye more brown. Unfortunately, it didn't match exactly so she had to reverse hook some areas to blend the new wool with the previous color. I think this just added more interest and made the deer look more realistic.
She added the red bird, butterfly, rabbit, and squirrel to the pattern because these are very common sightings around her home at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. The Hosta plant reminds her of all the ones she planted and were eaten by the deer. Ha! Ha! She even added the address number on the mailbox.
Even though the deer are sometimes a nuisance, she says she loves to sit on her deck in the early morning and watch them along with all the other wildlife activity. This includes the mama deer wondering through her yard with their baby's looking for new plant life to eat, as the squirrels are chasing each other in the trees and the birds are singing and eating from the bird feeder. Occasionally, there is a sighting of the bunny that lives under the steps on the way to the lake.
She is so happy with the results of this rug and said that no matter where the future may take her she will always have this rug to remind her of living in this very magical place!