Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Stormy Weather, a Good Yarn about Lake Superior

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WIP, Crochet, The Lake Superior Weather Maker, (to become a rectangular shawl/stole that seems to invoke the weather it resembles)
I was away, now I’m back.  When I go on holidays, I leave my connections behind. This year, as almost every year, I went to Lake Superior Provincial Park, and headed down to a remote coastal beach to do some wilderness walk-in camping.  We were pretty much alone most of the time; the weather was terrible. I don’t create a lot of art on my holidays, usually I am too busy doing things, even if the thing I’m doing is watching the sun go down (did some of that too). Even art takes your attention away from the subject.  I’ve practically memorized wave patterns over the years, and skies, just by watching. 
I like crochet, because as long as it’s easy and repetitive, I can keep my eyes on things that really count, water, sand, sky, trees, birds, rocks—that sort of thing.  For this year’s holiday crochet, I decide to use the sky as a theme, and go-it-alone without a pattern.  Stitch-wise, I’m using a basic wave form pattern, with variations. Yarn-wise, it’s left overs (stash-yarn as yarnies call it) that go together.  Since my selection was in white, black, grey, blue, and some really cool black & green eyelash yarn, I thought it would make some great stormy weather.  Unfortunately, that seemed to work out quite literally, as I ended up stitching together a real whopper of a storm.  The green eye lash row did it, as it looks like those super saturated clouds that spill water like rivers of ink.  And sure enough, rivers did indeed fall out of the sky, and trees too.
I’m quite superstitious in the woods, and Lake Superior is described by many to be Gods’ Country, usually plural. There are spirits in the air, and it is hard to miss them if you stay there for any length of time.  So I after the awful storm  that I renamed Bad Wednesday (I’ll post a snippet my my journal in a minute), I slowed down my yarny adventure with the shawl as I didn’t want to create any more bad weather, but I still had some grey yarn rows to do, and of course, more rain followed.  Finally, I got to the blue skies and fluffy white clouds sections, which is where it ended off. I’m not sure if the finishing of the shawl will be as creative or awesome scary as the beginning, as really, I’m just making a shawl and using up yarn, but the beginning sections sure made for some excitement.
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We spent a lot of time on this beach looking for ‘sky holes’, you know, those things in the sky that let the sun shine through on occasion. There really were not many.  My journaling was curt and fast and disjointed; most of the time I was just concentrating on keeping my hands warm.
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And how cold was it??? You might ask, perhaps this picture answers? Yes, that is my swimsuit standing up all by itself looking out onto the beach, and that sparkly stuff on the sand is not fairy dust.
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Yes, we do love swimming in Lake Superior, and not much stops us.

6 comments:

Michelle Basic Hendry said...

You are a brave woman....
Gorgeous photos!
I agree that Superior is a place of Spirits. You feel small there and a part of the landscape - subject to her whim!

kaslkaos said...

Ha, ha, some would just say crazy.
And thanks, those powerful Superior spirits did all the work on the photos, I just sat in my chair and snapped (the sunset shot, anyway, well, if you can call it a sunset, I did, decided not to be picky about that).

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

lovely crochet :)

this reminds me of a few different stories I have read of people being able to control the weather by knitting/crochet/weaving...just wish I could remember which cultures they were talking about

kaslkaos said...

Thanks! And yes, I thought I was in a story, oopsie, just stitched up some more rain. I think when people depend on the weather, the notions come to mind. It would be interest to see some serious study on that, though.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

There probably has been, it comes up so much in different cultures, someone must have done research into it, and if not there is my dissertation topic :p

Michelle Basic Hendry said...

That is seriously interesting....

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