December 2017

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Warped Loom for Unicorn Magic Scarf

Unicorn Scarf 1

Just finished warping my loom for my new "Unicorn Magic" scarf. It will be handwoven totally with my hand-blended, handspun yarn. I had personally designed the yarn to be inspired by unicorns with a sparkly pastel mix of mostly superfine merino, silk, cashmere and angelina. Also added in another yarn as accent (handspun from "Aurora" art batt from Wild Hair Studio).

冬至 Dongzhi Chinese Winter Solstice Festival 22 Dec 2017

 

22 Dec this year is 冬至 (Dongzhi) Festival or Winter Solstice in China. Winter Solstice, of course, as in other countries is the shortest day of the year and marks the peak of winter. 冬至 (Dongzhi) was the first of the solar terms in the traditional Chinese calendar to be fixed and an important festival that occurs from the 21 to the 23rd every year. Depending on the region, families gather to make and eat traditional foods to celebrate such as dumplings 饺子 or wonton 馄饨 (Beijing) in the north and tangyuan 汤圆 (glutinous rice balls) in parts of the south.

大雪 (Daxue) Major Snow 7 November 2017

Night Snow

 雪 (daxue) meaning "Major Snow" is the 21st solar term under the traditional Chinese lunar calendar and the third winter solar term. The weather turns colder and there is a greater possibility of snow, especially heavy snows.

I have copied out Tang dynasty poet 白居易 Bai Juyi's 《夜雪》(Night Snow) with a glass pen and black ink with blue shimmer (the shimmer is hard to photograph).

For those curious, a English translation of the poem is here.