July 25, 2009

Lammas shawl

Lammas is almost upon us and I thought I'd show you the shawl I made to celebrate the festival.
The colours aren't true, the last ones are nearest but red is very hard to photograph. True colour of the bottom of the shawl is actually a darker red.
I wanted the colours to reflect the festival, bright orangey red to celebrate the harvest and the fire of the festival
A more scarlet red for the next part to reflect the blood that this harvest represents. To harvest the crops they have to be cut down, hence the blood aspect.
Light into dark as the year also turns from the light growing half to the dark inner meditative half.
As we get to the bottom edge the colour darkens even more, still flashes of the previous reds there but a more sombre aspect also.
Finally finishing off with a dark garnet red bead.
There is so much energy in this shawl. I think it helps that I dyed the yarn to the colours I wanted. There is a glittery golden thread running throughout the yarn , for me this represents the golden thread of life and the vibrancy of the spirit.
Lammas is next weekend and I feel the earth poised for the turn of the wheel. It is waiting as are we.
There is so much negativity around at the moment with the swine flu disaster, I am hoping that the turn of the wheel will lessen the media hype if nothing else. Part of me wonders about chemical warfare also, is it a coincidence that SF is sweeping the world at this time?
It certainly takes the media's attention away from the recession doesn't it?
I'm still taking it easier than usual. I've hardly looked at Ravelry or browsed the net. Rav is and can be a major time sink and I don't want that lately.
I made a decision to use the Internet less and enjoy the days more. It is better for me while I'm like this.
I think the poor health ties in with Lammas, I'm feeling this turn of the wheel more than the past couple. That isn't better or worse it is just what it is. I think the Goddess is reminding me that my spiritual side is important and this festival will honour that.

5 comments:

Sea said...

Is this the beautiful yarn from a previous post?
I know Lammas is only a week away, but it feels like solstice here...to me...am trying to adjust to 3 life altering bits of news here..none as serious as yours...but making me rethink all the same.
Just got some B/W pics back of the locality ......B/W hides a multitude of sins!

Sea said...

Is this the beautiful yarn from a previous post?
I know Lammas is only a week away, but it feels like solstice here...to me...am trying to adjust to 3 life altering bits of news here..none as serious as yours...but making me rethink all the same.
Just got some B/W pics back of the locality ......B/W hides a multitude of sins!

Vicky said...

It hardly seems any time since Beltane, the summer is flying by - it has made me think of the impermanence of things and how we cannot hold on to anything - a lesson in letting go perhaps :)

Jean said...

Red is so difficult to photograph! I have yet to succeed at it. Take care of yourself, maybe you know of some herbalist who can help you.

Blue Witch said...

Gorgeous! Did you use different red dyes and/or vary the length of immersion of the fibre?

Fingers crossed and positive thoughts for Mr Mog's appointment next week.

Hope you're managing to keep happy, despite how you're feeling.