I’ve been working on a speech for a dear friend’s wedding, so my head is full of wedding cliches, like the title of this post. The Goldfish baby sweater continues (not enough progress made this week to show you a photo update — maybe next week), the fridge is overflowing with glorious produce from local farms (I have grand plans to freeze stuff for winter), and this speech of mine just refuses to write itself. I even left it alone through all of last week, and the darn thing didn’t grow by a single word. I really wish that my brain could apply some of the creative energy it expends on my dreams to the speech instead. Recently, I dreamed that I urgently needed to find a suitable retirement home for a beloved elderly flamingo. In Wyoming. And my phone wouldn’t work. Since I’ve got a bit of brain drain going on, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet; I hope you’ll forgive me.
In the theme of “something old”, The Siberian Times recently posted an article about the archaeological discovery of a 50,000 year old needle! (This news is also “something borrowed”, because I am borrowing it from a recent email from Erin of Yarn Market News — thanks, Erin!) The bone needle was found in Denisova Cave in Siberia, and scientists are excited because they believe that it was made by Denisovans. If this is true, it would seem to indicate a greater level of sophistication than was previously attributed to these extinct hominins. This beautiful, delicate needle was made by a pair of hands not that different from mine, and used to sew something over 30,000 years before the stunning cave paintings of Lascaux . Now, when I sew patches on my jeans or put a button back on a coat, I will think of that fragile bone needle, and find new wonder in a mundane task.
For our “something new”, I decided to pick a new pattern that has arrived in the shop. Conveniently for my theme, it also happens to be “something blue”. This gorgeous shawl is called Viannette, and was designed by Pamela Wynne for Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled, though you could absolutely also use the solid color Findley or a combination of the two yarns. The pattern is available in our store, on Ravelry, or through our webstore. There’s just enough going on to keep you interested, but not so much that you throw it across the room in despair put it in time out. This is the kind of project my brain needs right now: something that will occupy the squirrelly side of things, to leave room for the creative speech writing flow.