Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Randomness on a Wednesday

Taking a little break to breathe and say hi.

There were some question about my last post. First, yes, my MIL used to make Navajo rugs. She got all the wool from the Navajo people and even dyed some of it using their techniques. She dyed one batch with urine -- but said she'd never do that again. Apparently it was quite "aromatic." The patterns are all authentic and traditional. She used one of those big floor looms. She has one small rug she's trying to finish. At age 86, she thinks this will be the last one.

Another question asked if I go up in needle sizes when I knit hats. I do, unless the pattern says not to. When I improvize a worsted-weight hat, I do the brim with size 6 (96 stitches), then increase to 108 stitches and switch to size 8 needles.

I finally painted this interior. I did the drawing during a Zoom with my drawing buddies a few weeks ago. It's the interior of a house that was for sale. And those are the real colors.

I came across my Little Kiddles during the ongoing decluttering. I wasn't sure I still had them. I loved them when I was little. They're in pretty good shape -- but not worth much without the original containers -- so I'll hold onto them for now.

As I write this, Keith is at the new house with the cats. Kola, who likes to spend her days napping in "my" chair, turns out to be a scaredy cat.


While Nagi is exploring, Kola is hiding under the twin bed that Keith has already moved there!


10 comments:

  1. So cool and interesting about your MIL and the rugs. If you have pictures of any others, I would love to see them. Your painting is so cheerful! The yellow on the walls reminds me of a kitchen in my life years ago - I loved it! I never heard of Little Kiddles!! I hope the kitties adjust to the new house ok...I'm sure they will (at least with time).

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  2. How amazing your MIL is still making rugs. I think I see Strawberry Shortcake, am I right?

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  3. Weaving is such hard work that I am very impressed your MIL is still at it. I had to pack up my little loom for the ill fated kitchen remodel and it's still packed away which makes me sad. Now I have hope I might not be too old to get a few things woven when all this is over and done with. Araignee

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  4. Poor Kola! Hope she is feeling secure soon.

    I can't believe the number of people that paint their walls vivid colors.

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  5. Moves can be so hard on some cats cats. When we moved into this place, it traumatized our cat Rocky (he's since passed on). He was a calm, cool, collected cat original, but after the move he became skittish. Hopefully Kola settles in quickly

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  6. Wow, those are vivid colors. My home with egg-shell white walls is quite drab in comparison. Change is difficult for pets, but with patience and cuddles, I think Kola will feel at home again.

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  7. I would've loved to watch your MIL weave one of those rugs! The new drawing is so pretty==you've captured the perfect design of the run in that one! A new house can be very scary for cats!

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  8. Okay. There is much to talk about in your post. But I was lost at LITTLE KIDDLES!!! Oh, how I loved them when I was a little girl!!! Who knows what happened to my collection (which had some overlap with yours), but it brings me such joy to see your photo! XO

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  9. love the sketch and the bold colors but really the rug makes the room! I never had kiddles...but they are cute!!

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  10. Poor kitty. Change is hard on them. We thought we would lock them all in the basement for a few days. They yelled to get out. Miss blind Pie had to inspect each inch of the new house. I'm so excited for you to retire. Thanks for.the pep talk today. I do deserve to sit !

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