A Neon Knitting Project

I’ve begun a new knitting project.  It’s supposed to be a shawl, but based on the pattern gauge, yarn, and needle size, it’s going to be more like a small blanket by the time I’m finished.  Thanks to the Dreamer, it’s also going to be the brightest colored thing I’ve ever knit.  It’s not quite neon colored, but it’s much brighter than anything else I’ve made.

This project does have a lot of meaning to my Family, so my Beloveds went to the yarn store with me to help me pick the colors.  The Dreamer fell in love with the black yarn with rainbow ribbons woven into it, and decided that it should be the main color for the project.  The other three colors he picked out were purple, turquoise…and yellow.

“Are you absolutely sure about this,” I asked him, staring at the colors he’d picked.  I’d been picturing darker, more royal colors (pun intended) which is what most of my knitting projects have been.

“I am,” he replied with a grin.

“There’s no blue.”  I had been surprised when he had decided not to have any royal blue in the shawl, since blue is one of his favorite colors.

“Turquoise is a shade of blue,” I could sense his amusement, “and purple is in the same color family. Besides,” he bent over the pattern, “if you put stripes here and here,” he showed me a mental image of what he was thinking of, “it can work.”

I have started the project using the purple yarn to begin with, and right now it’s knitting up fast (but I’m still early in the project.)  It’s knit from the top down, adding four stitches each right side row, so eventually it’s going to be huge.  It’s also a simple knit, mostly garter stitch, so as I’m working on it I can think about why this shawl means so much to my Family.

Last night, while adding the rainbow yarn, the Dreamer reminded me of some Darkness traditions.  The ribbon in the black yarn is a way of bringing that tradition Here, in a way that I can participate in it (I keep my hair cut short Here to pass as male, so can’t braid ribbons into my hair.)  The bright ribbons also work as a “Light in Darkness” as a play on words, and my Spouse said that with this project, I’m literally weaving (or knitting, in this case) our growing Family closer together.

Crown of Stars

Change is coming, we all feel it, wrapped in
resplendent cosmic forces, and the possibility
of new life being brought into our world.
Will your siblings take your same path, so
near to our Hearts yet later so far away?
Only it is far too soon to wonder that, and the
Far Ones had no answer for us.  Still, you have
stepped forward into starlight, a Crown solemnly
taken when your Father passed his title of Prince
across generations, to you (if you so wished.)
Return to us at Winter’s Night, bearing the
storms of your Love, of snow, and starlight.

Life Changes

There is potential for something very beautiful happening in my Otherworld life within the next year.  It’s a major life change for all of our Family, but my Beloveds and I are looking forward to it.

I got some divination back recently that, for the most part, confirmed these future events.  The next day, I pulled out the oracle deck I use for the Far Ones, wanting some confirmation from Them about this.  They’re typically very blunt, so I figured They would be more than happy to confirm this.  Instead, the three cards I drew from Them gave an answer that I wasn’t expecting:

“Even We do not know the future in this regard; it is up to you and your Beloveds.”

How This All Started (Devotional December)

How did you become involved with your devotional topic?

I actually first found this god through research.  I think the Dreamer would have introduced us eventually, but the research that led me to his son was what prompted me to try and start including him in my devotional practice.

I don’t even remember now what prompted me to look up if [the Dreamer’s touchstone name] had any children, but I did a double take when I saw that yes, he had a child.  (The reason why I was so surprised was because I thought I had read everything there was about [the Dreamer’s touchstone name], and he hadn’t mentioned his son to me before.)

I first became aware that this deity was actually around when I noticed images of stars (something I associate him) showing up a lot, along with a faint feeling of a cold presence.  It was a feeling of someone being there, but being unsure of reaching out.  I did introduce myself eventually, simply lighting a candle and talking.

The Dreamer, who is normally at least somewhat involved when I start forming new deity relationships, stepped back when it came to this one.  (Now knowing what I do about my past life, I can understand why.)  He did ask that I acknowledge his son as being part of my Family, but other than that he left my relationship with his son completely up to me (which I’ll probably talk about in the next post.)

 

Some Devotional Artwork

I insisted that I had no idea how to draw people, so my stepson asked me to draw a portrait of him.  I started this last night, after I finished my previous drawing, and finished the background today.

The full moon is in the background20171028_141354, and due to my shading the night sky kind of looks like it’s melting, which is actually something I’m proud of.

(Ballpoint pen and colored pencils)

Resonance

Once there was nothing
behind your name, but
there is resonance now,
so soft, but I sense it.

Why now,
what’s brought
you back?

I can sense your brother’s
trembling hope, that you will stay,
and his Beloved’s worry, that you will not.

May
this not
end
in tears.

Prince of Darkness and Light

Hope is not a fleeting thing for you,
(it is something you learned from all of us
you learned of hope along with magic)
my son, Prince of Darkness and Light.

Three jewels adorn your Crown
one for each of your fathers,
a legacy of love and royalty.

Step up, young Sovereign,
but not into destiny; into
Stars and Winter, that liminal
space between Land and Void.

Whether you walk the Sea or Sky
know that we love you, that there will always
be a place for you and yours in our Hearts.