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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!
Please stop by!
I’ll be updating yarns today and batts this evening or tomorrow am.
Wool flapping on the line again….
This will be the post Thanksgiving feast!
Merino, Finn, Corriedale, Blue Faced Leicester.
The current shop stock is 10% off for the Holiday season, plus free US shipping and 1/2 price international.
( clickable)– Thanks to jim for helping.
I have been at the beach again. With the whole family this time– hedwig and esme too!
I had my kitchen “stealth-cleaned” by the dear Erin while I was away last time. ( you KNOW that is a wunder-friend!!)
I cleaned my fridge. Every little bit of it.
The pool is up ( and has a lot of walnuts in it)
I painted the poppets room. Alot.
I carded and am spinning the jacob fleece from MDS&W.
Am making progress on the tiniest pair of pink socks ever, the nightsongs shawl and the beach-begotten pink lacey-leggy socks.
I promise to fill in the blanks with pictures in the next few days… it is summer, after all. I am busy living the life. Summer goes by in a blink. Almost unbearably so.
Super-big-30-batt UPDATE at the old etsy shop!!!! Please visit and if you are a fiberfiend, buy some! There are some new lovelies there.
Tell a friend! I am home from the shop with the kids for the summer you know… I need to make some money on etsy for summer-adventuring!!!
I’m only showing you one– you’ll have to go to the shop and look!
Some other weird but true news is that I have been interviewed by spin in public. You can check out a short sketch about the fiber in my life here. It was a fun exercise to sit and think about how fiber art and creative endeavors unfold for me… I am usually not so conscious of it. I am excessively thankful to Cindy for asking me to be a part of her magnificent new site. It is a wonderful resource and inspiration for spinners- new and expert!
Ok. I am off to the beach for a visit to the family this week. I’ll be checking in and taking lots of photos…