New to the gnomegarden etsy shop, and spun in limited quantities, are the Charms yarns. Trouble dolls are not new to art-yarns, but these have a bit of a story behind them…ready?
These are inspired by my girls. Like a lot of kids, both of them have a penchant for talismans, amulets and magical thinking. With the stress of this past fall and winter, Lil took to some pretty complicated before -bed rituals. She was having such a had time sleeping, so I dug out a box of old worry dolls from my own treasures.
She started using them ardently. Each night before bed there was the telling-of-the-worries, but also, the dolls were very real for her, so they had to be free at night. You know, to do their work I guess. That started out with a very organized placement around her pillow–
add a bunch more dolls. Um, the cup– that’s full of cardamom. Yes. We played “dreidel” at the Holidays and for lack of pennies, I grabbed the giant jar of pods in the pantry. I might have also mentioned something about the scent of them being comforting to me… and maybe as I was trying to get her to STOP dreideling and go to bed, that she should take the pods with her because I thought they might just help her bad dreams… Ker-plunk. Its like that falling-blocks computer game, but with parenting steps and miss-steps. Suddenly Cardamom pods had to be a part of the nightly ritual. Oh, and that cup also has all of her baby teeth mixed in with the pods. It does. I dunno about that one…( cue voodoo drumming. )
Inevitably, the mornings brought a gorgeous sleepy-eyed girl with worry dolls and cardamom pods all tangled up in her hair.
I spun in a few Latin American “miracle charms” or Milagros for good measure. While not of Latin descent myself, I have been fascinated by these since my friend Cat told me tales of them from a trip to Brazil.:)
Milagro refers to an ancient aspect of Hispanic folk culture: small silver or gold votive offerings in the shape of arms, legs, eyes and other body parts; animals, fruits, vegetables, etc. These milagros are often attached to statues of saints or to the walls of churches/shrines. In the classical sense, milagros are offered to a favorite saint as a reminder of the petitioner’s particular need, or they are offered to the saint in thanks for a prayer answered. If, for example, someone has a sore arm, a tiny silver arm is hung on or near the favorite saint; the farmer who hopes that his pig will bear him many healthy piglets, asks his patron saint for intercession, and pins a pig milagro on the saint’s robe. Milagros can be flat, three dimensional, tiny or large; they can be of gold, silver, wood, lead, tin, bone, wax or whatever the petitioner desires.
So I’ve been working them into some yarns as a sort of magical-intentioned-adornment. I like the idea of a garment or object made from the yarn that feels sort of cosmically hopeful or even protective. That’s how I like to think of them anyway. here’s a few shots. I have a bunch of really bright offerings right now and will keep them coming in various colorways until the blessings are all spun up.
That’s all for today. Have a great one!