My first birthday present for next year is a 5000-knots rug. I’m proud to show it off and even prouder of the one who made it.
The knot-rug is a technique that is dying out. Now days it’s very difficult to find the materials to work them on, called rug bottoms. One day my dad received a package in the mail with two rug bottoms. It was exciting for him but there was no return address. Who could he thank for them? Then he found out it was his youngest son who had sent them.
A few years ago it was very popular to make these rugs, called rya mattor in Swedish, but to make rugs by tying knots is now a dying art. I believe IKEA is the culprit. People prefer to buy rugs there. They save both time and money. The difference in price is astronomic.
The rug I’m going to show you has 5000 knots. Each knot takes close to one minute to make, which translates into some 83 hours; at $10 an hour it would be $830. Add to that the materials and the rug will easily cost $1000.
Mary helps Dad to thread the needle
After the knot is done you cut through the knotted yarn and viola, here is the result!
This is my Dad’s hobby, apart from doing crossword puzzles. Of course, he also helps me with transcripts and translations. Not bad for a man who is turning 95 next week.
Last year for Dad’s birthday his friend Dr. Otterland was with him. Dad has been calling him several times and I have sent him an invitation for this year’s party. There was no answer. Last night I looked up both his sons phone numbers on the internet and called them. His oldest son was named the same as his father, so I asked, “Are you the younger or the oldest model?” It was awkward when the answer was, “Dad passed away in June.” My little joke didn’t seem so funny anymore.
Here is Dad’s late friend Anders Otterland. He has spent some of his life in the United States and some in Sweden. Now he has gone on to Glory. We had a party on earth last time we met. We will meet again for the biggest party of them all, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
One final note, today Dad was interviewed for an article in our Christian daily paper called DAGEN. The call lasted more than an hour. Before that I had talked at length with the reporter and I sent a set of pictures they might use. At the same time I put in a word for a possible interview next year when I turn 70, just because that would be an opportunity to pass on the word about my web ministry. He didn’t promise anything but he made a note of it.
I was hoping to have some vacation on this trip, but vacation for me is a foreign word, it seems. I will be spending next month helping my friend Anita, retired missionary from northern Peru, translate and adapt a teaching material for public schools. But just the change of scenery is a vacation.
Tomorrow Mary and I will be baking cookies for the party on Saturday. For the weekend we have every spot in the house taken up for incoming guests. All us siblings will meet up. Last time was 15 years ago, when Dad turned 80!
Tomorrow is another day. Blessings!