New RTFDT Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/Almost finished-Day 17

Here we go again!!!!!   :)

Hagatha Smoth and the Nighttime Noises-continued.

Now I must say that it was not really the fault of the “Source of the Noise”, as the Source was just doing what roosters do!   But adding the sounds of the screech owl, the fingernails on the blackboard and the coughing and croaking of the opera singer with a cold made the loud noise so much worse!   Night is falling once again on Pond Scum Road…and even the bright moon and stars offer no help.   What to do, What to do?

Looking out the window at nightfall, Mrs. Smoth suddenly held her hands to her head and shouted, “Dearie me!   “Oh, Dearie Me!   The bright moon is part of the terrible problem we are having.   I know it, I just know it!”   Grabbing a handful of oddly-shaped twigs (for comfort) she climbed in and out of her windows a few times and then sat on the floor to rest.   “I just knew from the dark shape that it was an oversized rooster”!, she said.

Calmed by the handful of oddly-shaped twigs, Mrs. Smoth sat on the floor and started to think logically.   “Could I set a trap for the large dark shape?”, she muttered to herself.   Given her house distance from Pond Scum Road, she decided it wasn’t possible to set a trap.   She decided that a sign saying “No Roosters Allowed” wouldn’t work either as reading in the dark wasn’t easy.   She looked sadly at the pile of electric bills in large envelopes.   “I guess it is just up to me and my rolling pin”, she moaned.

As Mrs. Smoth sat on her floor holding her oddly-shaped twigs and moaning she suddenly had a brain wave!   After her lovely daughter Mold-Ann reminded her of Great Grandma Prunenita’s saying, Mrs. Smoth knew what the dark shape WAS…but she did not know why it was so noisy at night.   Finally, she knew for sure why the bright moon was important and she knew exactly what she had to do!.   “Oh dearie me”, she sighed.   “I am really going to have to threaten this large rooster with violence and I don’t want to… but it is the only way!”    (Hagatha was really a rather pleasant old lady (although odd!!!) who disliked violence of any kind and also disliked squash!)

Thankfully, she had the support of her two lovely daughters, Mildew and Mold-Ann, as well as that of her groggy and sleep-deprived neighbors.  ” I really hope that I don’t have to give a great whack to the large rooster”, she said.   It is not the best way to get the new feather duster that I really need.   She climbed out of the nearest window and picked up a very oddly-shaped twig to calm her down.

…Conclusion tomorrow on Day 18!  

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This one has been great fun…!!!

and now, we see the confrontation beside the Pond Scum road!!!      Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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Here we go…almost to the finish line!!!   Hooray!  :)

We’ll now have the story with the blanks filled in…all except the RTFDT which will come when the entire rug is shown!   I’ll post the story on each of the three days so it finishes on Thursday also.

I’m starting at the TOP of the rug center (not including the borders) and will post today and tomorrow …and then go on to the entire rug on Thursday.   So unless “Life” intervenes (as it has the last couple of weeks!!!!!) we should be finished by Thursday this week!   (I know you are heaving a sigh of relief!!!!!!)   lol

“Hagatha Smoth and the Nighttime Noises”   (a story of extreme silliness by Sunnie Andress…lol…)

“Once upon a time, an old woman lived outside the village of Porky Pie on Pond Scum Road.   She lived in an odd little house with no doors!   Hagatha Smoth loved her country life and spent many happy hours wandering up and down the hills beside her house collecting oddly shaped twigs.   However, she and her neighbors had a problem of sleepless nights!   Not only that, but their electric bills were getting higher all the time.

All of the families on Pond Scum Road were getting more and more grumpy.   The nights were filled with screeching and sounds like fingernails on a blackboard and coughing too…all mixed together.   Nobody slept, lights burned all night and people tried in vain to find the source of the awful racket.   But even if a dark shape was seen sneaking down the road, by the time everyone blinked…it was gone!   Even the shining moon could not help Mrs. Smoth and her neighbors.   In fact, I wonder if the bright moon could be part of the problem!

Hagatha’s youngest daughter, the lovely Mildew Smoth, was very concerned about her mother during this time.   And to make matters worse, Mildew received a notification that there had been a terrible mistake made at the Poultry Experimental Lab nearby and specimens had been injected ,NOT with the correct formulas, but with genetic material from a screech owl, a naughty schoolboy and an opera singer with a very bad cold!

  “Mother, Mother”, Mildew shouted over the phone.   “I am afraid that you and your neighbors are victims of an experiment gone wrong!”   Mrs. Smoth, upon hearing this news, climbed in and out of several of her windows holding her head and a handful of oddly shaped twigs (for comfort).   “I must call my older daughter, the lovely Mold-Ann Smoth”, she cried.   “She will know something to help!”   Putting through the call to Mold-Ann, Mrs. Smoth reached her lovely daughter on the phone and she asked for Mold-Ann’s help.   

    “Calm down, Mother”, said Mold-Ann.   “Don’t you remember what Great Grandma Prunenita always said when she had this trouble?”   “What?”, said Mrs. Smoth.   “Of course, she didn’t have to deal with an experiment gone wrong”, answered Mold-Ann, “but when dealing with this same problem from time to time, she would grab her rolling pin and her walking stick and run out of the house shouting “RTFDT”!!!”  

    “Thank you, dear”, said Mrs. Smoth.   “I had forgotten that old Russian saying.   When I see the large dark shape again, I’ll try it.”

Night after night, Mrs. Smoth would hear the awful noise outside.   She looked out of every window but did not see the dark shape she had seen a few times before.   The electric bills still came in large envelopes and the neighbors were sleep-deprived and groggy!  

    Hagatha even tried calling the Poultry Experimental Lab, but although they were very sorry for the “experiment gone wrong” (mistakes were made!!!!…lol…), they could offer no solution.   So Mrs. Smoth was determined to carry out her lovely daughter, Mold-Ann’s suggestion.   She had her rolling pin at the ready each night so that when she saw the dark shape, she could climb out one of her windows and run to Pond Scum Road to confront the noisemaker!

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Continued tomorrow and Thursday as we see the rug center and finally the entire rug.

Here is the rug center top…as you can see, I have put my initials in so they look like “oddly-shaped twigs”!   I thought that would be appropriate!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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New RTFDT Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/primitive-Day 14

…Meant to add this to Friday’s post as I knew I wouldn’t be able to hook on Saturday or Sunday this week!!!   Just a little more border finished!   Day 14 addition!!!

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Wow…does this part of the rug take time!!!!   I can work for 2 hours and only get what looks like a small section finished!!!!!!   :)

However…I really am enjoying this and I at least have the satisfaction of feeling that my decisions along the way were correct.  (at least correct for what I want to do!!!)   lol    I am attempting to have this rug design look like an illustration of a vintage storybook or picture book!

In a book, there would be a few illustrations as the story went along.  

Maybe about 6…showing Mrs Smoth and her funny little house first, and with her electric bill in a small envelope!

  one showing the dark shape in the night with the bright moon and lights on in several houses,

one showing Pond Scum Road and the groggy neighbors with their electric bills in large envelopes,

one showing  Mildew and Mold-Ann, Mrs. Smoth’s lovely daughters’

the one I am working on (the confrontation) which would be the next to last illustration,

and the last one when the situation has been resolved.

I needed to decide how I presented the motifs in this rug as it can be tricky!   There are only 4 main motifs and two of them are “strong” ones.   I have outlined the main one in Black since that is the most important one.

I have used colour to define the second one but did not outline so it does not overshadow the first motif.

The third motif is in the background but it is important to the story too, so I used colours I thought would stand out and look good against the blue sky.

The fourth motif, on the right and on the left (the motif is flipped but not hooked exactly the same!)  “frames” the others.   I had to outline part of these as they pass through backgrounds of similar colour.

I have put my initials into the rug in a way I thought was appropriate!!   lol   As you know, I am trying different ways of putting my initials in the rugs so that they blend in!      (I hope!!)

Continued…

Mrs. Smoth was still sitting outside, clutching her oddly -shaped twig in the afternoon!   She was thinking and often when she was thinking, she missed lunch.   Finally, she got up, climbed back into the house and went to the kitchen.   “I will have lunch,” she thought, “and then take a nap, rest my brain and NOT think about this at all.”   Unfortunately, her lovely daughter, Mildew called on the phone at just that moment and said, “Mama, let’s discuss your problem!”    ” Ahhhhgggggghhh,” cried Mrs. Smoth and promptly fainted.

to be continued…

Here we go on Day 14…Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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New RTFDT Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/primitive-Day 13

Well…here we go again!!!!   I’m back from my Reunion and it was great..!   Now I am looking forward to our 60th in 2019!!!   :)

There will be some odd bits and pieces on this rug now as I am getting to the border work and finishing up the center motifs!   I was delighted to see that when I came back after being away from the rug for a week, I still really liked it..!!   lol

I am doing a little “tweaking” but see my way clear to work towards the finish line!   Most of the little “adjustments” have been done but I spotted something today that I need to fix.   A very small thing!   I love the wools I am using and am pleased at how they are hooking up.  Lots of plaids to give a bit of added colour so the backgrounds are not too “flat”.

continued…

(we left Mrs Smoth sitting on the floor , holding her oddly shaped twigs and moaning…)

Suddenly, she had a brain wave!   After Mold-Ann had reminded her of Great Grandma Prunenita’s saying, Mrs Smoth knew what the dark shape Was…but she did not know why it was so noisy at night..!    Finally, she knew why the bright moon was important and she knew exactly what she had to do!  

“Oh Dearie me,” she sighed.   ” I am going to have to threaten this _______ with violence and I don’t want to!   But it is the only way!”   (Hagatha was really a rather pleasant old lady (although odd!) who disliked violence of any kind and also disliked squash.)

Thankfully, she had the support of her two lovely daughters, Mildew and Mold-Ann, as well as that of her groggy, sleep-deprived neighbors!  

“I really hope I don’t have to _________ the _________ .” she said.   It is not the best way to get the new _______ that I really need.    She climbed out of the nearest window and picked up a very oddly-shaped twig to calm her down.

to be continued…

Here we go with Progress on Day 13…I know it is not thrilling but it has to be done!!!!   I love both of these plaids and am happy with these choices!    We’ll see if you agree when the rug is shown!!!!!     lol      Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)

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I almost have the top of the rug center finished…just a few leaves and sky on the left side!!!!!   :)

I must say that I am getting quite attached to Hagatha Smoth and her problem…but I know she will be happy to have it solved…! (as will all of you to see all this silliness come to a close!!!)   lol

..continued…

Calmed by the handful of oddly-shaped twigs, Mrs Smoth sat on the floor and started to think logically.   “Could I set a trap for the large dark shape?”, she muttered to herself.   Given her house distance from Pond Scum Road, she decided it wasn’t possible to set a trap.   She decided a sign saying “No _____ allowed!” wouldn’t work either as reading in the dark wasn’t easy.

   She looked sadly at the pile of electric bills in large envelopes.   “I guess it is just up to me and my ____!, she moaned.

…to be continued…

So…

Here is Progress on Day 12…Happy Hooking!   Sunnie  :)  

(I thought adding my initials in “oddly shaped twigs was appropriate!!)

(I will be experimenting with another plaid that I love for some of the border…I hope it works!!!)

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New RTFDT Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/primitive-Day 11

Quick Post today…lots to do!!!   :)

I have changed the “electric lights” colour in the windows to have them be brighter!   After all, the ” electric bills delivered in large envelopes” are part of the story!!!!   lol

…continued…

Looking out the window at nightfall, Mrs Smoth suddenly held her hands to her head and shouted…”Dearie me! Oh, Dearie me!!!   “The bright moon is part of the terrible problem we are having.   I know it…I just know it..!”    Grabbing a handful of oddly -shaped twigs (for comfort) she climbed in and out of her windows a few times and then sat on the floor to rest.    “I just knew from the dark shape that it was a _____!!!”, she said.

…to be continued…

Here is Progress on Day 11… Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  :)

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