Sunday, January 3, 2016

abundance continuing

the internet supplies patterns should you wish 
to make skin mittens
several patterns are keeping me thinking.
i don't need to make mittens just now
but i'm thinking about them.
about how we shape around our own frail skins
to keep warm.
these mittens (below) are for the greenland kayakers
see the similarities
the differences?
can you see why they are made each way?
 winter's arrived 
with snow and ice 
but it's still fairly warm,
37 today.
 the flat light of the short 
(just ever so much longer) days
 is just that.
and the solar panels don't keep us in enough
electricity without a generator boost.
 my red camera lens is hopelessly scratched
so i bought another 
for australia.
 daylight wanes
on days when i am totally unplugged.
 the ice overhang
gallops to the ground now and then.
 and i find that i am in need
of some kami-ito.
a little while a little work
and i'm all set
for some more stitching and shifu.
new year thoughts
were happily frolicking,
almost troublesome, but not really
last night in bed.
i got up once or twice
to hunt pen and paper
to grab thoughts as they flew through.
excitement and more,
as some new work begins to make 
teeny tiny rootlets.
i love these beginnings.
and michelle sent
a link to a very fine and appropriate 


  1. The gold and gray seen through the trees made me catch my breath ...

  2. liz, finding beauty everywhere, i am so happy to see this!

  3. Velma, it sounds like you're already on a tear in the NewYear, with high creative
    enetgy, and a new camera lens, to boot! I feel indecisive, and not very focused. Well, I've got to go with what I've got.
    I hope you keep the good stuff coming all year. Happy 2016.

  4. susan, i feel very fortunate as the year begins. wishing you good stuff, too!

  5. Happy new beginnings. Your <> sign says it all. And double-thumbed mittens? Genius.

  6. The sign I meant was "Limited Use".

  7. have i mentioned before that kami also means deity? how very appropriate!
    wishing you love luck & sunshine through the year.

  8. OK Velma, why does anyone need double thumbed gloves for kayaking...
    and oh that looks like a very good camera with a view finder! I miss my old Minolta SLR film camera that died when it got fungus in the lens after too many years of photographing windsurfers waist deep in salt water

  9. alice, it's a nifty sign, yes?
    neki, i must try to remember that little item of beauty
    mo, when your hands get wet and icy in cold kayaking, hjust change the thumbs, not the mittens! brilliant! and that's exactly why i bought htis model--easy peasy digital PLUS viewfinder. now i just have to learn how to use the thing!

  10. I love those moments when new ides pop up, emerge, whizz by, shake their star dust on you...we are so fortunate to have their visits are we not?Enjoy!

  11. Hi V - already the year of creativity has begun - maybe it really is just a continuum. Hope the camera serves you well down under. Go well in 2016. B

  12. at least you got a little snow. it's weird here.

  13. yeah, it's up around 35 and our little snow is still here, but it's still weird here.


  14. Hi Velma, I see you will be at Halls Gap again this year with a new camera. Hope you don't try to dye this one. :) Unfortunately I will not be there this time so I will miss seeing you. Shame as I still talk about your class and how much fun it was making shifu and momigami. It has been 35 degrees here too except that is centigrade. Hope everything is tickety boo for 2016 and may your fibres run true.
    David Porter, Australia

  15. david, i will miss you! and thank you for those words. i love "tickety boo", too!

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