29

I’ve been trying to post for a few days now but life is getting in the way. To explain the title, last tuesday I celebrated my 29th birthday. I’ve been blogging for a while now and it still feels weird to write something like this down for an internet audience. I don’t think I can explain why this year is different (maybe because it’s the last year of my 20s), but I’m actually very excited for my 29th year. Maybe even more than all the years before my 29th.

I remember reading in magazines how famous women (and not so famous women) mentioned how they felt more confident, happy and peaceful once they hit 30, but (obviously as a 16-17 year old) I couldn’t believe that life was going to get any better. I thought, like so many teens, that life was all about high school, popularity, who is going to which college/ university and how ‘cool’ and ‘awesome’ life was.

Guess what.. the famous (and not so famous) women were all right about everything. So here’s a little list of things I’d like to say to my 19 year old self. Maybe there’s people who can relate, but this list is intended for me.

1. You are not ugly.

(Seriously, waxing eyebrows can do miracles..)

2. You are not fat.

Seriously, in the next 3 years you’ll gain and then lose 20 pounds. ha.ha.

3. Learn to let go.

My favorite (fake) Buddha quote: “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison everyday and expecting the other person to die.”

4. Stop caring about what other people will think of you! Follow your dreams! As in get off your lazy butt and stick to it!

This is going to take some time and some effort.

5. DON’T BE A QUITTER!!

This is a seriously horrible habit. It took a while to get rid of this one, but it was totally worth it and I’m still very happy I managed to stick to this last one.

So now that I’m 29 I thought it was time to start some things I’ve wanted to do for a very very long time. Making Persian rugs!

rugMy parents bought me a carpet loom for my birthday this year and I’m very excited about it! The picture above shows the total amount of yarns (115 colors, and it’s quite heavy) and the design.

rugThis is a picture of the loom and the “cheleh” or warp. I haven’t started yet because I wanted to try it out on a smaller scale just in case I was going to mess up.

rugHere’s a close up of the loom, showing the warp and the crossing of the warp. Here’s where the magic happens!

rugAn aunt of mine has been making Persian rugs since she was a child in Iran, so she’s going to help me set up the loom. These are the tools used.

rugThis is my little experiment. I decided to try it out for myself so I could get the hang of the tying and the cutting before I’d mess up my rug. I decided to abuse this poor dish rack šŸ˜›

rugProud as I am of my geekness I decided to go for the mushroom pattern.

rugHere’s a picture of the yarns I’m using.

I might do a little tutorial on how to tie the warp and how to make the knots šŸ™‚
I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted on the rug business. Meanwhile I’m still working on some other things (real life related and knitting), so I hope to have an update soon šŸ˜€

2 thoughts on “29

  1. Happy Birthday, you seem like you’ve got it together pretty well. Your carpet loom is certainly impressive. I’m thrilled you are going to take on a “super” mushroom pattern as your test project. Best of luck. We look forward to watching it all unfold.

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