Thursday, March 01, 2007

My Mother-in-Law is a Hooker

Got your attention, didn't I? But she's not THAT kind of hooker; she's a rug hooker. She makes gorgeous works of art for our floors. Here are just a few examples:

This is the "Oriental" that lies in front of our living room fireplace. She chose the colors to complement the larger Oriental rug in the room.



For my son, she catered to his passion for soccer. It matches the wallpaper border in his room.



My Darling Daughter loves fantasy so she got a copy of the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry in the Musee de Cluny. My marvelous MIL changed the color scheme so it would fit in with DD's bedroom decor.





These are just a few of the stunning rugs we have in our home. So I decided I should knit my MIL something as a reciprocal gesture. She chose:

A sweater!

Not just any sweater but a copy of one she loves which another daughter-in-law gave her several years ago. My skills don't rise to copying so I enlisted my lovely Yarn Lady who came up with a pattern. And she wants it in black. (What's with my family? Everyone wears black all the time!) There's not much of it to see yet so I won't post a photo but it is in progress. She'll probably get it for her birthday in September. ;-)

Just for fun, fill the in the following blank: My mother-in-law is_____________.

(Warning: your MIL might be reading this blog!)

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9 Comments:

Blogger Cindi Myers said...

My mother in law is a wonderful friend. She's smart, fun, and one of my biggest supporters. Just yesterday she sent me a fat quarter of quilting fabric because she saw it in the store and knew I'd love it.

Nancy, those rugs are gorgeous!

10:30 PM  
Blogger monica said...

Those are absolutely beautiful rugs.

11:47 PM  
Blogger georg said...

My mother-in-law is a much better cook than my mother. There. That one's not embarrassing.

Lovely how she designs her own. I never got past the kits.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

My mother-in-law is a former acrobat with the circus and former school bus driver. She doesn't look all that intimidating, but I guess she would have to be in order to drive a school bus.

However, my sister-in-law used to be a stripper. No, not like that. A stripper is the person who lines up the color things in magazines and catalogs. Usually you only notice when it's off--that funny blue, green, or red halo around half the photo in your magazine.... She's now in customer service.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Nancy, the rugs are stunning! Especially your Darling Daughter's -- it should be displayed at the Cloister. My mother hooked rugs for us too--I have them scattered through our house, same as you do, and they make me smile every time I see them. (Not to mention miss her like hell.) My fave is the Christmas tree skirt and the giant stocking.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Kenyetta said...

The rugs are awesome!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Cindi, I feel the same way about my MIL; she's been a wonderful part of my life for many years. We're very, very lucky because I know quite a few people who don't have such positive feelings toward their MILs.

Georg, now you just have to hope that your MOTHER isn't reading the blog. LOL

Okay, Cathy, you win the unusual MIL contest. A circus acrobat! She must have some great stories to tell. Your SIL stripper was a great comeback for my MIL hooker!

Thanks, everyone, for the compliments on the rugs! I told my MIL to check out the blog and she was so flattered. You're right, Barbara, they do make me smile as I come across them in my daily routine. (Although it's often hard to see my daughter's rug since it tends to be covered with clothes, shoes, bookbags, etc. I had to clear things off to take the picture.)

8:15 PM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

Those rugs are works of art, Nancy!

8:05 AM  
Blogger LauraP said...

Beautiful rugs! My grandmother and great-aunts hooked rugs, but what's left are very well worn and now tucked away for safe-keeping. Now I want to pull them out just to look at them for a while.

10:59 PM  

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