Today is my third blogiversary. Does that sound like a self-important child announcing her birthday to an indifferent world? Thank you so much for playing along with me, and for helping make this blog and fiber thing so much fun.
This is a motif from a fourteenth century Persian tile. It possesses a cross-cultural feng shui. I see calmness, centeredness in its symmetry. The interlocking forms are stylized infinity symbols. A star is created within. The points direct the gaze outwards while the roundnesses bring one inwards.
It is from the Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones (1856).
To me, it looks like a spinning wheel. We are not simply picking up and dabbling in an arcane craft that has been superseded by the machines of the Industrial Revolution. We link traditions and skills from our human past to a large and uncertain future. Sheep genetics are preserved, social networks materialize, conscience is honed by the community of people who knit, and who contribute money for others.
The new year brings new intentions. I am adopting Mamacate's synonym for resolutions. In my hands, resolutions are broken, then remain unfixed for 364 days. I'm hoping there will be less of this: