Posts Tagged ‘life’

A Woven Connection

I have often noticed that weaving provides an excellent opportunity to think. There is something in the rhythmic movements and actions that brings one closer to their center and clears their mind, enabling them to think more clearly.  Whether the thoughts are deep philosophical ponderings, every-day problems, or simply daydreams of one’s own creation, it is easier to go over them while weaving.

There are many other handcrafts that provide this mental solitude for people. I think this might be part of the handcraft ‘revival’ as it is sometimes called. People feel more of a need to connect with a sense of calm, peace, and quiet as their lives become ever busier and more filled with noise.

Handcrafts can also bring people together. We join clubs and guilds in order to learn from others who have more knowledge, to share ideas, tips, and companionship. Sometimes, even while we are still learning, we find ourselves sharing our knowledge with others. We realize we’ve joined a circle of giving and taking, learning and teaching.

Handcrafts can draw us closer to our history and our world, to family and neighbors, to our community and even to people half-way around the world. As we weave, knit, spin, crochet, or quilt, we are also creating a common thread with others who enjoy the craft. If we take a step back and look at it, we realize just how beautiful the whole thing really is.

 

In the Bleak Midwinter…

Sometimes, when it is a sad and cold winter day, it is good to spend time with one’s pets. DSC07173-b
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Rainy- Day Ridiculousness

Expectation when going outside in the rain to look for your cats and feed the rabbits: heroically rescuing the three cold, wet, and scared felines and coming back inside dry because, you know, you are the one wearing a rain-proof jacket.

Reality: Come inside looking like a drowned rat you’re so wet, meanwhile the cats, one of whom was out in the middle of a field during the worst of the rain, are perfectly content with life and as dry as if they just hoped out of a dryer.

The inherent dangers and complete stupidity of standing in lightning-filled rain looking for a cat were apparent, it was a thought that did pass through the mind. However, it could not compete with an image of a soaked and shivering grey and white tabby crouching, terrified somewhere in a field, and was consequently ignored. Unfortunately the mind  was not the most astute in this moment,leaving the savior soaked, while the cat remained safe and dry in its hiding place.

A Quilt

 

She soothes the troubled heart with her warm embrace. She cares for you when you are sick and need to rest. She protects you when the world is cold and unwelcoming. She is the faithful friend who wipes away your tears. She tells the stories of those who have come before. The quilt made with care, reminds you of times and people that although gone, will live forever in your memory.