Moon & Stars Scarf : closeup
I am one of those people who follows astrology, but only so far as it seems the best available or most amusing explanation for certain obvious patterns of personality or events that can neither be ignored nor accounted for in any other way. I don’t let the position of the planets dictate my choices. For instance, I do not cease all communications, avoid all electronics devices, and cancel all travel arrangements during Mercury retrograde periods. But you can be sure my computer is up to date on its backups, I leave plenty of extra time getting places, and am not at all surprised when important emails fail to reach their destinations or do so only to be completely misunderstood! Likewise, I’ve never refused someone’s company because of their birth sign. Let’s just say that the older I get, the more it becomes evident that the people whose company has remained an essential and enjoyable part of my life seem to be clustered in a more than random manner around certain select signs, and that those people who share the same sign are quite reliably and entertainingly alike.
Moon & Stars Scarf : the long view
I’ve always felt an especially strong connection to the activities of the moon. No, I am not a Pisces. Or a Cancer! But as a woman, I suppose I have a predisposition to affinity for any entity that experiences dramatic cycles of light and dark, sometimes hiding behind clouds, sometimes illuminating entire landscapes, sometimes rising high, sometimes sinking low, one day a full circle, one day a mere sliver, and then, when seemingly nothing at all, in a phase known as “in the dark of the moon,” actually on the verge of being “new.” I’m sure there are plenty of non-water sign, non-females out there who would also recognize themselves in that description. The full moon makes lunatics of us all. Just ask emergency medical personnel and police officers what happens to their statistics on nights when the moon is full! So, when I resumed my seasonal crocheting work a week or so ago, it seemed not only fitting but undeniable that my first piece would be an all-black scarf with silver beads, a tribute to both the full and the new moon.
Crane for the Sept 27th New Moon
No one talks much about the new moon. For many years now, on the day of the new moon, I’ve indulged in the monthly ritual of writing down a few positive intentions and expectations for the upcoming four weeks. I fold the sheet of paper into an origami crane (which basic creature has proven the limit of my ancient art of paper folding expertise) and then to the best of my ability remain both open to, and active in the making of, any opportunity to fulfill these wishes. At the end of the four weeks, right before the next new moon, I unfold the crane, review how much closer I got to realizing my hopes and dreams, think about what needs to change, and write up another list to be folded into a new crane. Sometimes I haven’t accomplished anything. Sometimes I’ve actually encountered losses and setbacks. But more often than not I find that the simple act of writing down what I wanted and needed, and dare I say deserved, helped focus my efforts towards making some kind of progress. It’s a beautiful exercise.
Three New Wrist Warmers
At the last new moon, one of my goals was to make a good start on new crocheting projects, looking ahead to the weather getting colder and the holidays getting closer. At the time of the new moon this morning, I had one scarf and three pairs of new wrist warmers completed. I’ll be adding all of these items to my etsy shop, which is the exclusive online seller of my handmade fiber creations. The new wrist warmers are a bit of a departure, as I have finally learned how to make horizontal stripes and still keep a shape that fits snug on the hand. I am also using a new fiber, still 100% baby alpaca from Peru, but spun in a looser fuzzier style that gives texture variations to the piece. I also decided to go for a “no-frills” look with no ruffled edges or decorative buttons for those customers who prefer their accessories unadorned. I’ll be featuring new pieces here as I complete them. As always, if you are interested in a custom color combination or design, please let me know and I will do what I can to accommodate you.
So Many Possibilities...
It seems, even with repeated examination, life passes by too quickly. For me, taking time every four weeks to think about what lies ahead, and how I would like to emerge on the other side, slows time down for just a moment, and makes clear to the Universe that I understand perhaps every moment can’t be of great value in terms of one’s personal or professional progress, but I for one am going to treat every moment as if it had that potential. I will not be caught looking away when the smallest of moments decides to reveal the greatest of rewards. These postings also help in that regard, enabling me not just to record my weekly progress but to give myself a chance to recognize and make sense of it. To have such wonderful folks as yourselves following me and giving me even greater and often wiser perspective is a gift beyond measure. Many thanks to you all, and to all a Happy New Moon. Don’t forget to make a wish.