Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Yarn Along ~ Heart and Soul
Joining Ginny over at Small Things for Yarn Along:
"~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? ... ~"
Thanks to Ginny's inspiration last week, I really wanted to make a heart garland of our own. But, I have to tell you, I tried using the teeny tiny thread with the teeny tiny crochet hook. Ugh. With my wretched eyesight and my less than nimble fingers, I gave up, and went with the 5mm crochet hook and thicker wool yarn :). I then decided, well, I never felted before, lets try it! I am happy with the way it turned out but I think it needs a few more hot water rinses to get rid of the waffle look. Any experienced felters out there have some more suggestions, I'll take them!!
Earlier this week in this post, I mentioned I've been doing some soul restoring. Is it coincidence that I've been reading this book by Clarissa Pinkola Estes? Full of stories about the wild woman archetype, Women Who Run With Wolves is pretty raw in having me contemplate that inner wild child. You know, the one that is never afraid to speak the truth (no matter the consequences), the one that marches to the beat of her own drum, the one that is fervently and inextricably tied to nature and the earth, the one that shuns conformity and shines from within. Estes says we all have her within and the wild woman speaks to us via intuition. She also talks about what happens when that inner wild woman gets too constrained for too long, and what happens if she is let loose for too long. Very very interesting, really, and I am enjoying it. A great match to my hearts this week :).