rise and root



The Flame Haired Solstice Dreamer

Cold winter brings the Everfrost and jewels every tree
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
A flame~haired dreamer wanders there and shelters from the wind
And spins her dreams around the trees to break the ties that bind
She takes her thread and spins anew and how the Greenwood smiles
As she spins a spell for freedom and for her spirit Wylde

The dreamer finds an ancient oak and shelters in his lee
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
Tis summer now and birdsong weaves its magick through her spells
And humming bees drum drowsily in the foxglove's bells
The dreamer sits beneath the oak with yarn upon her knee
And spins and knits and weaves her dreams and sets her spirit free

"When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people...shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. they will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow"

Hopi Prophecy


as i sit here i keep looking to the window where snow is falling silently to the ground in our frozen garden while i dream of the few warm days we had last week...hoping they come back again soon.
it started to snow earlier and stopped after a few moments and already this flurry is easing a little and so i keep in mind the warm days and know they will be here to stay very soon.
i had to see my doctor last week because the increasing pain and stiffness in my hands has now moved to my feet and an ongoing pain i have had with my 'tailbone' for months has now also become worse.
i have been diagnosed with coccydynia...
and tomorrow swampy is taking me to have x rays to my hands and feet and blood tests looking for inflammatory markers.
ever feel like you are falling into pieces?!
surprisingly i do!
i had two days last week where i could not do any crochet at all and this morning i have been struggling to hold my hook and crochet (i decided i need a hook case to keep my hooks apart from my tape measure, stitch markers etc) but being bloody minded i kept at it for a few rows.
i am struggling to type this and it is giving me pain...but if i stopped doing anything i would go off my trolly
(is this a particularly english turn of phrase? i would be interested to know from my over sea's readers!)
i was very excited yesterday as my copy of
was delivered.
as you know my style is very eclectic and i have a strong very strong aversion to mainstream fashion and what is available in the shops.
plus i hate the whole 'clone' thing...i was like it when i was a teenager and it has never left me.
so to discover a book that gives simple directions in making patterns for assorted different style skirts using your own measurements...and even better a skirt can be run up in only a couple of hours...well i just had to get a copy.
i cannot describe the excitement i felt as i leafed through, checking out the pictures...especially for a classic A line (with simple elastic or tie waist), wrap skirts (they have a picture of a most gorgeous wrap skirt made with a loose woven fabric with a fringed bottom *sigh*) and the most wonderful layered skirt made up so two A lines skirts...layers...i love layers.
so my plan is to buy some cheap curtain lining to make an A line and a wrap skirt as a trial run, to get the measurements right etc...but what i couldn't resist in doing was tracking down some glorious...yes glorious fabric
...link heavy but they all open in new windows ;)
just have a look at this loveliness from...
this one i can see made up into the loose weave wrap skirt
and these linens...*sigh*
and these wools have me thinking how to make waistcoats or bags...or a winter skirt with this maybe? and the name...
montparnasse green...utterly, utterly gorgeous.
needless to say i am super keen to make the measurements, whip up a couple of practise skirts and then go wild...the trouble is how may skirts can one girl have?!
but the joy of being able to make the style skirt i love in the fabric i want and embellish it and know it highly unlikely anyone out there has the same skirt is a joy!


Moonroot said...

Sorry to hear you're in pain. Not sure what to suggest for the joints (although I've heard wood & bamboo knitting needles cause less pain than the metal ones), but one of those doughnut shaped cushions may be just the thing to ease the pressure on your coccyx. I think most chemist shops sell them.

Let us know how you get on with the skirts - may be just the inspiration I need to get stitching again!

laoi gaul~williams said...

hi moonroot :)
i use bamboo hooks which are much better to hold and my sister has a horseshoe shaped cusion for me...apparently the ring ones are not suitable for problem coxxyx because of where the weight is, you have the open part under the coccyx. it will be interesting to see if it helps.
i am so excited about the skirts!

All things share the same breath~the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

Chief Seattle

Johney Gaul~1915

Johney Gaul~1915
1890-17 september 1918~France