While the inspiration for The Nightwatchman was Eloise's grandfather, we were drawn to Patrice AKA Pixie. Many things resonated with me in Pixie's story. My mom grew up very impoverished in a 1,000 square foot house with 14 brothers and sisters. The descriptions of Pixie's home are very similar to the stories I heard growing up. The thing I love most about this book and actually Native culture in general is that no matter how bad things are, humor is always present. Like when Pixie brings the raw dough to work and everyone just laughs at her while sharing their food. The scenes of Pixie as the Waterjack in Log Jam were so haunting, hilarious, and honestly terrifying. I can even smell the stale beer, greasy burgers, and chlorinated water of the place. I also kept thinking of the lake where Pixie swam out to her uncle's boat after the group of boys tried to attack her. So it was the variety of blues that kept coming to the forefront when I was envisioning this yarn. We added a couple of blue speckles that split to a bit of purple, because I wanted to show the femininity of Pixie.
I know single skeins of yarns like Oh Dang! can be sometimes a little annoying for the stash. Like, what am I supposed to do with this? But I wanted the softness of the yarn to be a part of the inspiration to represent the matriarchal themes in the book and in Indigenous Culture. And even if inspiration might now immediately spark to what to do with this yarn, I know you will LOVE using it! Here is a video showing you patterns we love for Oh Dang and the links are below!
Paloma by Espace Tricot
Stripes by Andrea Mowry
Engle by Caitlin Hunter
Vintage '83 by Andrea Mowry
Giled by Karen Teasdale Simpson
A lot of our blues, greens, and yellows will go with 'Pixie' but we especially love Kinnikinnick, Sinopah, and PBR.