Irish poet Ciarán O’ Sullivan and I were given the grand invitation by artist Mark Balma to create poetry in response to his most recent painting, God is My Rudder. His featured work depicts a contemplative Mary Magdalene. As Mark was creating this fantastic work the “Me Too” movement was beginning to surface. Mary Magdalene’s life and burdens certainly relate to the crosses today’s women have also bared. We hope with our collaborative efforts to inspire, reflect, and give power to this important movement for women. Continue reading “A Collaboration in Art”
For Christmas Santa gave me a box of wool from Blarney’s. I was thrilled beyond words. My search began immediately for the perfect Aran knitting pattern, taking care to find one that not only was the correct yardage and weight but accented the beautiful wool. I found the perfect pattern titled Shakespeare Cardigan by designer Pam Grushkin. As you can guess the name immediately drew me in. When the sweater was finished I was given another gift. A skein of wool was left over. It would be a terrible sin to leave that beautiful yarn in my overflowing knitting basket. I felt an accessory to match the sweater was the answer. So, I designed Shakespeare’s Crown from the inspiration of this cardigan.
1 Skein approx. 154 mts/169 yards of aran weight wool
(I used Aran Handknitting Wool shade F.WHV from Blarney Woollen Mills, Ireland)
1 set of circular needles size 5mm/US 8 with 15 inch/small cable
1 set of double point needles size 5mm/ US 8
1 stitch marker
1 tapestry needle to finish ends.
Begin by CO 90 stitches on circular needles.
Pm at the beginning, take care not to twist the stitches as you knit the first round.
K1P1 for 5 inches
Knit for 3 rows
Start Honeycomb pattern (multiples of 8 stitches + 2)
Row 1 – K1 *2/2 RC (slip 2 sts to cn and hold in back, K2, then K2 from cn), 2/2 LC (slip 2 sts to cn and hold in front, K2, then K2 from cn) ; rep from * to last st K1
Row 2 – Knit
Row 3 – Knit
Row 4 – Knit
Row 5 – K1 * 2/2 LC, 2/2 RC; rep from * to last st K1
Row 6 – Knit
Row 7 – Knit
Row 8 – Knit
Repeat rows 1-8, 4X
K1P1 for 2 inches
* K1, P1, K2Tog; rep from * to end of row.
* K1, K2Tog; rep from * to end of row
Switch to double pointed needles and continue to knit in the round.
* K1, K2Tog; rep from * until 3 stitches remain.
Cut long tail to catch remaining 3 stitches to finish.
Sewing a knitted seam is similar to writing and editing; the amount of care given to the process, no matter how slow or tedious, is apparent in the finish product.
Stitching Words Each stitch formed as words, spaces, breaths absorb the energy of the artist whose soul bares expression. Back and forth the wool dances following the needle's lead with guidance from the Creator to join in perfect union, seams. Writing, stitching words together not unlike woolen creations for the pen also dances joining pages of guided works, until the last stitch, word is made and bound off.
Ever since I was a little girl, I love to find shiny pennies. My Grandmother called them angel kisses. I always feel special when one appears. The angels knew I needed a boost.
This week I felt the world spin in chaos with the election circus, the pipeline explosion, the horrific pipeline situation in North Dakota, and the media exploding these stories further. It is easy to become depressed and caught feeling helpless when the world seems to be in shambles. Nature is the best place for me to combat negativity.
My daughter and I decided to take a walk to our local market. The leaves turning all shades of autumn colors provided the lovely backdrop for our walk. On the edge of the market’s parking lot, far away from the cars, were three shiny quarters with sides touching. Quarters do not fall randomly in a perfect triangle. My daughter and I were amazed at our finding because I have passed down Grandmother’s tradition to her. We picked them up feeling so blessed then headed into the market. It was to our amazement at the door were three bouquets of flowers on sale for a quarter a piece. We bought all three bouquets with our angel kisses and gave a bouquet away to pass forward the blessing.
Angel Blessings Angels amoung us drop blessings of hope show us the way to give back, joy with open hearts and smiling faces.
On a cold and stormy day, feeling as down as the rain which came in sheets, I poured over the shelves in the used bookstore that I frequent. Alexander McCall Smith’s book entitled The Right Attitude to Rain grabbed my attention as its essence pulled me in then inspired. The idea of a cup of tea while snuggled under a quilt with a cozy mystery guided me home with a change of heart to find a spider’s web, beauty in the rain.
The Right Attitude to Rain
Sun lost like my spirit behind dark clouds, obscured view happiness invisible when gale winds blow. Why? Change your position to a spider's view. It's a cozy time to read, knit feel the energy, forces move saturate the dark core to cleanse away nourish thy soul, hydrate gain a new sight the right attitude to rain.
In the midst of a hectic day, juggling many tasks on a long to-do list, I took a cup of tea and my camera to the garden and stole a few minutes for myself. I sat on the grass and watched the light move and change on this Chrysanthemum plant as a cloud drifted into the sun’s rays. Not only was my spirit fed but my creativity was restored and my productivity increased for the rest of the day. I think it is essential to intentionally slow down to notice the subtleties, the beauty, each moment holds; life becomes richer with more meaning and depth.
Moments to Steal
Sun, I reach for you to kiss me reflect your light for those to see. Beauty in hues organge through yellow slight of pink glorious fellow. The crisp air change of season but bees still visit not yet frost burden, nor humid weight or low dew point, feel a perfect day for moments to steal.
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