Thursday, October 29, 2009


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Could the funk be fleeing?

I feel like I've been going back two steps for every step forward, it's been a hard couple of years - Gerry's health notwithstanding - and some days it's been hard to find the joy in what I'm doing.

I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining - please understand that I KNOW how lucky, fortunate, and wonderful my life is! But the past years have called for more work than any previous few years have.

Mostly, I think, it's been keeping up the "look for the joy" thing for the kids, and for Gerry, which is wearying (But ultimately the most satisfying thing a mom can do - teaching the kids to find the joy wherever you can!)

But I've found over and over in the past two years that when I do something it's just not right, and I end up starting over, rewriting, ripping out, or apologizing.
I clicked on the horoscope above on a whim, and it made me feel light years better. A good friend back in NJ who does horoscopes wrote me the same thing a few weeks ago.

Now, I know it will make me seem all oooky-spooky to say I believe this stuff (hey, it's Halloween!) but somewhere deep down I do. So there.

I've noticed definite samenessess (a word?) between myself and other Virgos, and the folks I tend to gravitate to are other Virgos and Aquarians (but I'll love anyone, I'm easy...)

Not that this is absolute proof, but I'll grab a lifeline when I see one, and I loved the horoscope above.

Case in point - Anne Boleyn. I'm working on a sweater based on the anonymous portrait of AB, and when I look back over my previous blog posts it's notable that I haven't posted many photos of it.

Why? I haven't been happy with it.

I love the yarn. I would marry it if I could. It's Tilli Tomas Milan and Beaded Milan, and it's just about the yummiest stuff I've worked with.

And the sweater has garnered oohs and aaahs from everyone I show it to. And it didn't look bad.

But it didn't look good. It looked silly and costumy, exactly what I did NOT want to achieve with this book.

Last night after trying Anne Boleyn on Hannah, I sent the sweater a Bill of Attainder.

I ripped the whole danged thing out. I didn't even bring over a French executioner.... It took 2 hours (beaded yarn is hard to rip) and I felt like a new woman when I finished.

I think the best route for this project is not to make it quite as literal as I was trying to do. I'm going to fashion it as a chanel type jacket, and it's going to be Crochet.

Yes, you heard me. That's what the yarn wants, and that's what the yarn gets. Making the yarn happy makes ME happy, too! Find the joy, baby!

I forgot to post about this, but I bought a wonderful Rhinebeck mug from Jennie the Potter (is it odd that we both drove cross country from MN so I could buy a mug from her?) and I adore it.

I have had many cups of tea from it already, and I think we have a bright and wonderful future together!

More Horoscope Stuff
I revisited the site after one of the comments suggested I check out my ruling planet. This is what it says - it seems pretty much on the mark (flattering - but aren't they always...?)

MERCURY was in Virgo on September 3, 1961

You may be well-studied and analytical, but youÕre no bookworm. Knowledge is useless if it canÕt be put to use, and you always make the most of your resources. And when others take stuff for granted, youÕll help yourself to the things they fail to appreciate. But youÕre not self-serving; others often make a profit because of you. The combination of your drive to survive, your thrifty nature and your nerve makes you a success. However, you realize that being clever doesnÕt make you wise. That comes with experience, and you really do get smarter (and richer) with age. YouÕre blessed in September, stressed in March.

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Anonymous Hester from Atlanta said...

Virgo - I'm a fellow Virgo and I feel like my life has been full of chaos the last few years - I felt better after reading your astrological quote. I tell people that I have been to hell and back and they don't believe me - but I have. And slowly I am beginning to feel more in control of my life. In this case, I think there really is something to this astrological business. Best - Hester

October 29, 2009 8:13 AM  
Blogger debd94 said...

Thanks, that could explain why my life has been plagued by difficulties for the past few years, since I'm a fellow Virgo. I'm not sure if I believe it or not, but it does give a moment of relief.

October 29, 2009 8:49 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Me too! I am a fellow Virgo and the last couple of years have been tough. Believe in it or not, just seeing in in writing gives me hope. Though I have found over the years I too find kinship with other Virgos. There's something to that Astrology stuff I tell ya'.. Here's hoping things are looking up.

October 29, 2009 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Shell said...

YES, I believe there is definetly connections to our spirits astrologically with the date/time/place we are born.
I have found there are far too many things which have happened in my life, MORE than a coincidence, which relates to astrology. I know two Virgos who have had quite the roller coaster ride, as well.
I am Aries-Gemini-Cancer, sun-moon-rising signs. I would suggest learning more about your moon and rising signs, that has taught me a lot about myself. Astrology has helped me understand why I am where I'm at in my life and what I need to work on & above all, not to be so hard on myself or so impatient with myself and others. I now better understand my prodominately earth signs tweenager son, who is Taurus-Virgo-Libra. I find the topic quite fascinating & am thrilled to share some thoughts about it with other knitters.
YARN & ASTROLOGY go hand in hand with moi.
~ thanks for posting on it Annie ~

October 29, 2009 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Shell said...

~~~~~ also, I recently ripped out an entire poncho, which I had worked on for the last four years. Honestly, it looks much lovelier as two giant balls of ocean colored yarn, just waiting to be a new poncho that I will actually wear this fall. wonderfully freeing. ~~~~~

October 29, 2009 10:06 AM  
Anonymous spider (ravelry) said...

and here another virgo - i had a challenging year too, with an extremely profound summer. i realized how many very deep lessons i received from all the things that have come my way. i am thankful for that, and i am changed forever. i am also ready for smooth sailing.

here is to smooth graceful joyful easy times for all of us.

October 29, 2009 11:48 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I bought the same mug from Jennie (although the sweater on mine is red). I love it, too.

I hope things do ease up for you in the months ahead. You've been juggling a lot, and by my reckoning are more than due for a break.

October 29, 2009 12:45 PM  
Blogger Judi said...

A fellow Virgo says, Hallelujah! Looking forward to easy sailing.

October 29, 2009 3:25 PM  
Blogger Guernseygal said...

Yet another Virgoan here - I do hope you are right - my life has been a roller coaster the last 2 years. I could od with a bit of peace :-)

October 29, 2009 3:37 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

As one Virgo to another, your post was a breath of fresh air to me today. Exactly what I needed. As always, thanks for your blog and for your honesty.

October 29, 2009 6:24 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Another Virgo checking in -- yep, it's been a rough time the last couple of years with the husband's health and with being laid off the end of March. Does this mean my lottery ticket will win? In a year I'll be eligible for early social security and I'd prefer to NOT take the 25% penalty so am hoping maybe I'll find a nice job to hold me until I'm 66 (5 more years) although the lottery ticket would be better.

October 30, 2009 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Paula P said...

I just read Stefanie Japel's welcome to you for online teaching ... I do hope you do it and it works for you ... advertize your classes please ! I will sign up

October 30, 2009 3:31 PM  
Blogger Vickie said...

Harry seems to be looking into The Mirror of Erised. I LOVE Jim Dale and would love to win the books! Vickie (Turtleknits)

November 08, 2009 4:28 PM  

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