Tuesday, November 18, 2014

no-vember's yes

 

Yes. Right when I needed it the most, I read (over at Dee Mallon and Cloth Company) about drawing inward at this time of seasonal change and putting the no in November. For me, November's no means yes on so many levels that it's going to become an annual ritual.

The woolly November mandala is stitched with a grape juice dyed moon on a Japanese indigo dyed background. This is #11 in my stitch & dye ritual, 13 moondalas. It's sort of Fair Isle-ish so that got me looking at Fair Isle patterns on Ravelry. I like this one but for today a little duplicate stitch on a hexipuff satisfies.

That's one of several jars of dye-bath from summer, rich with color and nearly opaque -- in just seconds it stained both the countertop and my hands dark purple. Out came Mr. Magic Eraser. The cloth is an unmordanted heavy cotton napkin, always hard to dye, but so far it looks like it may hold the color.

Two knits still in the making -- the Hitchhiker and the Stitch Sampler Shawl. Now that I have the hang of it, I'm liking the Hitchhiker a lot and the Stitch Sampler Shawl is some pretty adventurous knitting. I'm in an exciting part now, dropping yarnovers, I absolutely love the way it looks.

It is a waning moontime now -- I'm wishing you all the time you need to pull back and assess, to dream and plan . . . in the spirit of November.


10 comments:

deanna7trees said...

such beautiful yarn in that last image. that stitch with the dropped yarn overs is so dramatic. i loved it but had to concentrate when working those rows. can't wait to see yours finished.

Nancy said...

Oh, the colors here are so gorgeous! Let me know if you'd be interested in dying a cloth diaper for me. I always love your results and am collecting a bunch of dyed diapers for more 'comfort' cloths. I'd be thrilled to send you one to play with! That little hexipuff is adorabble and the flowers in snow...made me gasp!

I love coming over to your house.

deemallon said...

love how dark and deep your palette is getting with the darkening of the year.

handstories said...

That's some vibrant yarn you're using! Your new hexipuff is definately in the winter mood.

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

Love your moondala, any thoughts to next year? I hated when the year ended, I loved my little moons but haven't come up with a new idea for the monthly full moon. All your natural dyed moon have been gorgeous!

Jeannie said...

Drooling over the dyed fabric and your knitting projects. I just downloaded the sampler pattern and hope to start it in January. Like you, I get busy in November. Now February, that's when I curl up and hibernate. Hope all is well with you! xo

Ms. said...

Loved the surprise of that golden flower in the snow! Mighty deep the purples...hope they hold. As for NO, well-yes to NOvember waning and a new moon just begun. Spent time cooking and will soon travel up to Massachusetts to be with friends giving thanks...May all be well with you.

Peggy said...

Deanna, I had to let it go for the last week and can't wait to get back to it!

Nancy, thank you and definitely, I'll email you.

Dee, aligning with the energy of place -- I notice changes with you and others, as well....

Peggy said...

Cindy, thanks, my hexipuff-making is lagging though.

Kathy, thank you -- I'm still thinking about what comes next -- do you have something planned yet?

Hi Jeannie, I hate to say it but I'm looking forward to January! :)

Peggy said...

Michelle, hope you had the grandest of gatherings with your friends!