Saturday, December 3, 2016

- On a roll

Patch #338 Moon-cast

Just before Griffin's birthday on November 14, it came to my attention that a super moon was in the offing. Not surprisingly, I was delighted to learn that G was born under a new moon four years earlier.

Then, a few days before Meg's birthday on November 30, I saw one of my favorite configurations in the early morning sky: a waning crescent hanging from the morning star. When was the next new moon? I wondered.

Well I'm not quite sure how I ever survived without the instant gratification of the Internet. Suffice it to say upon learning the new moon was falling on Meg's birthday, I looked to see what phase the moon was in when she was born in 1982. If you guessed it was full, you can imagine my glee.

So I stitched two full moons and two new moons (drawn by hand because circles never stitch perfectly round even when I trace them) to remember what else I learned ...

The new moon in April is the same day as Meg's baby girl is due. So mark your calendars: April 26, 2017!

And because today is rainy and cold, I'm taking full advantage of the inside time to catch up on a few more patches.

November 2 Reading, 'Riting and Retired

November 3 Ka-ching

November 4 Two floods too many

November 6 Hope is the thing with feathers

and November 7 Sign of the apocalypse


Mo Crow said...

love the hopeful feather!

Mo Crow said...

& re circles.. a true circle should be possible with very careful control of the tension and a hoop?

Marti said...

Next year, a new moon, La Luna, a new girl grandchild, just about the best joyful and loving news for the new year. Blessings to all in your family Liz. A special little hug for the big brother to be Griffin.

Liz Ackert said...

Tension is usually the main culprit. What was interesting was that I ended up finding a rhythm that took me outside the drawn lines. Once I began to trust that rhythm, the shapes became more truly circular. I was actually inspired to do this having seen someone (whose name escapes me) who was doing a series of free-hand circles. As with all things, I suspect that one can train one's eye and hand ... practice makes (closer to) perfect.

Liz Ackert said...

As for the hopeful feather, I have to admit to a series of mental images: Sandhill cranes flying hundreds of miles, taking respite in the thermals above our floodplain --- turkeys taking a running start before improbably flying up into trees to roost --- crows "ark"ing their way overhead

But also buzzards wheeling above --- birds knocked senseless after flying into our windows --- the bloodied feathers of a woodpecker left behind by a feral cat --- and the awful end of a turkey hunted down by coyotes.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you Marti ... 'twill surely be a year worth remembering! And I'll be sure to deliver your hug on our next trip to Austin!

Mo Crow said...

the Zen of Stitching

Liz Ackert said...

It's amazing where my mind goes while my fingers travel over cloth