the (not so bitter) end: 2007

Dec 31
Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.

I was so smitten with jude’s pieced window that I adapted it for use with fireworks, and stuck it to a postcard. The fireworks are anticipatory – we don’t get them til 6:15 tonight – but I remember what they were like from before.

I love fireworks. I, who startle easily and hate loud noises, revel in the bang and boom. I, who flinch at blinking lights of the season, adore the sparkle and pop. It think it may be my favorite part of the night.

Happy New Year, everyone: old friends (you know who you are), new friends, new readers, mom.

2007 intentions; the scorecard

At the beginning of last year I wrote a short list of things I intended to do over the year. It wasn’t the usual list of lose weight, stop spending money, eat right, but instead a list of things I thought would make me a happier and better person if I managed to keep them in mind. I gave up on resolutions a while ago, and tend to examine my life in Feb to see if anything’s changed.

It came out to a list of six things:

  1. make a fabric postcard every day
  2. talk to friends more, every couple of days
  3. knit all the socks from the Blue Moon Sock Club, when they come in
  4. call my mother more, at least every other day
  5. ride the new bike when the weather is above 45 degrees
  6. ride horses whenever the opportunity presents itself, no sloping
    off after cleaning stalls just because you can’t face a particular
    horse or don’t quite feel like it


postcards? check. I learned a lot about exercising my creativity, and why exactly I’ve been buying all that
cool stuff that is cluttering up my workroom and all kinds of things. I am thinking of a more detailed report on the postcards later.

Talk to friends? mixed. I can always visit with people I like more, I think I improved it some but there’s room for more talking,

knit Blue Moon Sock of the Month? failed, almost utterly. I started the first pair and they made me grumpy and unhappy and I’ve turned the heel and failed the cabling exercise on the cuff and now I have to frog them and do it better and at the moment I hate them. Then I kept from starting any of the subsequent ones because I was holding the first over my own head in a "finish your vegetables first" kind of way. (yeesh – mixed metaphors and all, that is an UGLY sentence!) So even though I kind of want to knit the last two, I haven’t started them yet. And I stopped knitting until I stepped away from the Blue Moon fibers entirely and got something that spoke to me and knit my own pattern the way I like. I finished them just before Christmas but haven’t managed to post them yet. My conclusion? I am not a knit along kind of soul.  I am OK with patterns in books but better with a recipe I can pull out of my head and follow.

call your mother
? needs improvement. say no more.

ride your bike? I could do a lot more of this. Whenever I do ride, it makes me happy. I don’t ride around town for errands because I hate dealing with the traffic at three intersections that I have to go through. I keep thinking there have to be better ways, but I’ve ridden all over town and it is just easier to walk for most of the errands in the middle. I could try to use the bike for grocery shopping. Maybe that could make an intention for next year.

Ride horses?  did great while I had a barn with an indoor ring and horses I liked. When I got busted back to a horse that made me ache, I stopped. Stopped over the summer. Restarted at two barns in the fall but chose the one with no sheltered riding for the winter, which makes the whole ride all year thing kind of difficult. I may need to think about how intent I am on riding, and what exactly I want to get out of it.

On the whole
? one rousing success, one abject failure (with introspection) and 4 mixed, with some excuses.  I can either add them onto the list for next year, or go for a new list from scratch. I think my hope for the intentions is that new habits would become an integral part of what I do, so I could think about adding other things to the list in the future. Although some were just tests, to see if the thing itself was fun (a sock of the month club – apparently not fun for me) or uplifting or energizing. Or spreading joy. Whatever.   

I’ll work on the set of intentions for 2008, and post them when the year has changed.

weaving, triangles

Dec 30
Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.

Woven torn strips for the background, the black bar was an attempt to bring a third direction into the weaving but it failed utterly. However, it looked cool storming off the edge of the page. So the big triangle sat on it, and the white silk pages hung from it and here we are.

Very, very quiet day. Everyone is sleeping a lot, and it makes for long quiet mornings. Tomorrow we go about town for the afternoon, celebrating the early part of First Night (which we call Last Afternoon instead) watching local performers do fun things. Then supper and fireworks, and blessings on the people who organize the fireworks for midnight Greenwich Mean Time which is 7:00 pm for us, so we can see them, cheer madly, and go home and be warm.

triangle test

Dec 29
Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.

Finally I remembered – I can test things on the postcards. I am thinking about how to get visible triangles across a rectangular surface. Probably easiest if I just paste them down, but I was hoping for some kind of weaving. This came up for a first try. I don’t like the wedge shaped pieces of single color stripes, but they may be weavable as well.

Journal Quilt pages

Oct Journal Quilt
Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.

For October I was thinking about change, and then I made a tree, and then it was all about the leaves falling off and being blown around. I was thinking about embroidering the words "the only constant is change" into the wind, but then I didn’t because it looked done.

As for November:

Nov journal Quilt
Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.

I heard a lot about the Day of the Dead this fall – a celebration and remembrance of those who have died. As someone on the radio said, the point is to remember them with pleasure, and to entice a visit from their ghosts by providing things they loved in life. I was thinking of people I missed. I admit I was also thinking of all the pets we have had, and all the horses, but there wasn’t room for all the ghosts I had hanging about. So I kept to relatives and put family skeletons dancing front and center.

Dec 27

Dec 27
Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.

More dreams, or more like the thing I was thinking about yesterday.

I managed to finish the November Journal page today, and posted it to Flickr. The October page is there finally, having finished it ages ago but failed to photograph it. Now I am wondering if it is possible to weave something that comes out triangular. I set the Other Kate to that particular puzzle, and will check back with her tomorrow. Now all I need to do is make the December page in the next couple days.

what dreams may come

Dec 26
Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.

I fell asleep this afternoon as hard as if someone hit me with a hammer. Usually I nap for an hour, if I really need it. Today, I woke up three hours later to a silent house. My sainted neighbor had come to see if anyone wanted a movie at their house, and kept them for supper.

I dreamed about white nets, kind of like this. But not exactly.