A couple of years ago I took a class at Green Mountain entitled Whimsical Animals. I decided to pay homage to – A PORCUPINE. For a few year we had been battling with a porky who would arrive at 3 a.m. and would start chowing down on our front steps. I would wake up from a deep sleep to a shaking house and GNAW, GNAW, GNAW as she gobbled the edges of my lovely cedar stairs. I would run out to the front porch and jump up and down yelling at her to stop eating my house (thank goodness we live in the woods and the neighbours are far enough away that they did not see this crazy woman in a frenzied dance on the front porch in the middle of the night – did wake up company a few times though 🙂 ). She would disappear for a while and we flipped the porch stairs over so that the chewed edge was underneath and at the back. And I discovered she did not like the smell of pine sol and would pour pine sol on the stairs every night (of course I did not like the smell either but…). Of course, that did not deter her for long – however when she came back she crept under the stairs and started chewing on the back underside of the treads. I guess the pine sol had not reached that edge. So, we stapled chicken wire under the stairs and around the sides. Well, that worked for a few days until once again at 3 a.m. I heard and felt the undeniable sound of GNAW, GNAW once again. And again I ran out the front door and started my wild dance. Only this time, poor little porky could not get out. Some how she got trapped in the chicken wire. And so, at 3 a.m. by the light of the moon Gord and I pulled out staples and removed chicken wire and Porky ambled off into the night. Now she comes (or perhaps it is her offspring) and eats the bullrushes in our pond and even comes in the middle of the day to slurp up the algae! Front steps are safe and sound and Porky needed to become a rug! She started out as Porkzilla a tribute to Godzilla’s rampage on Tokyo but once I had her hooked in she became Porkalicious!
I started the rug at rug camp and got a good chunk done (it is 31 x 23 inches) and worked at it diligently when I got home. Only to discover!!!! that I HATED THE PINE TREE AS IT LOOKED LIKE A BLOB and the birch tree looked like the frito bandito with an arm sticking out almost sideways. What possessed me to draw these trees so badly??? Of course, by then, I had hooked the sky and water around the trees and redoing them would mean taking out all the sky and water and ugh… I hate rehooking! So poor Porky languished on the harvest table for two years while I worked on other stuff. I would pass her every day and think about how I was going to fix those trees without having to take out soooooo much hooking and then I would walk away. Finally, friends Lesley and Sherri last fall said – hmmmm maybe you need to just pull out those loops – remove the sky and water – and finish this rug! Well it took a few months but finally I picked up the rug, sucked it up and pulled out a mound of strips. Wellllll, it wasn’t that bad! I hooked in trees I actually like and rehooked the sky and water in a few days and I SURVIVED! And Porkalicious is finally done (well except for binding and touching up and cleaning up) and will soon reside on my living room wall where she can keep watch over the front steps… and now I can move on to hmmmm… maybe a rug to honour my raccoons?… Oh, and Gord says she looks like a rogue Stegasaurus – I say she is whimsical!!!