Sunday, December 21, 2008

My favorite prayer - Happy Solstice

There is nothing I can give you, which you have not; But there is much, very much, that while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. There is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see we have only to look. I beseech you to look. Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly, or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty, believe me that angel's hand is there; the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Our joys too: be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts. And so, at this time, I greet you. Not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you now and forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee away. " (Fra Giovanni 1513 A.D.)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Turning a negative into a posititve

for more than a week my friend Katy had been working on scarf to put into an office grab bag thing for Christmas (you can read the whole story here). Well the gift went under appreciated to say the least and Katy's feelings were very hurt. I got very angry on her behalf but then I thought for minute that my getting angry was not going to do her or me any good. I very much wanted to show Katy that she is talented, wonderful and very caring for going to effort to make a gift rather than just throw a token amount of money at the problem.

Here is what I've come up with: Katy is going to send me the scarf and I'm going to have my picture taken wearing it. I will also take pictures of Dr. Schrodinger and Minuette wearing it. I will then send the scarf to another of Katys friends to do the same. We all, so far 20 or so people who know about my idea and want to be a part of this, will send the pictures to Katy for her to post on the walls of her cube at work.

My hope for this is really very simple for Katy to see for herself that she is valued and that her gifts, all of them, are appreciated.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wow! I didn 't realize it had been that long since I posted!

So many things have happened since August that I'm not sure where to start. I'm not employed yet but the reasons for this are many, not the least of which are some health issue in the family. Everything is O.K. now but I needed to be home. I've also had a few bad days on the health from myself but again everything is O.K. now. I'll start the job hunt again after the new year. If that doesn't go well I'm going to start applying to grad schools. I've been studying for the GRE to help keep me busy.

As for my artistic endeavours, as always there has been fiber on the wheel, socks and other knitting on the needles and I have also done some weaving.

One of my new favorite things to knit is the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman. You can get the pattern for this and additional instructions for doing an adult size jacket from School House Press. I originally wanted to make the adult size for myself, which I still plan to do, but the baby size goes so fast that I've completed 3 and have a 4th started to give to the local hospital.

I'm reasonably sure that my mother-in-law doesn't read my blog so I'm posting a couple of pictures of the yarn and scarf I spun and wove for her for Christmas.

The single ens of yarn is approx 40 wpi which I then Navajo plied into something approx 14-16 wpi. The fiber was dyed by Pigeonroof Studios. I got about 300 yards out of just under 4 oz. The colorway id Millefiori. The same one I bought in yarn form and knit my Nanner sock out of. I also spun up about 170 of the same weight in white merino for the weft yarn.

I love the way the scarf came out. Its very soft. The size is just right for Jackie, 8.25" x 45" which is perfect for her petite size.

I've got fiber from Zarzuela on the wheel, when I'm not spinning Sock Hop Yarn for CMF, for a weaving project. Zarzuela AKA Jess is one of my new favorite dyers! I had a blast helping her out at a fiber fest selling her wares and then brought home quite a bit myself! As for the weaving project, what exactly it will turn into all depends on if I can work up the nerve to cut into the fabric or not! I'll keep you posted.
Well, there you go I finally posted. I hope as always not to let time get away from me again.