Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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.