Monday, January 26, 2009

puzzled

I have been thinking... there is a Latin word ..reinfecta... it means the business of being unfinished; without accomplishing one's purpose
why have these berries survived the harsh Winter?
I suppose I have just been puzzled of late,
people,
nature,
so I decided to work a puzzle...
maybe help me sort things out... an Early American puzzle ball,
made of over dyed velvet,and over dyed linen
and a piece of antique wool paisley.
Old buttons and new buttons and linen thread
I cut... and I sewed
everything by hand
and it was puzzling to think that these pieces would fit together...
into a ball.
Now,there is controversy as to the purpose of these balls,
whether used as pincushions
or for fun
it did give someone much to ponder... but in the end...
it did come together
into a treasure...
I think I will use it as a pincushion...
or then, maybe just for fun... my purpose this month was to finish a knit...
I have not achieved my purpose,
but there IS work going on
there are sleeves...and a back... there is even a little opening in the ice...
a promise of Spring.
So, then...
I have been thinking...

17 comments:

Renee said...

Spring cannot come too soon this year. Your puzzle ball and knitting look lovely. As always, I really enjoy all the photos and thoughts in your posts.
Have a great day. :)

kim said...

Yes, yes, use it! It's a perfect pincushion. I think that sweater will be so soft and beautiful. If I can finish a sweater, then you definitely can too! But, then again, who's rushing you? We impose so much on ourselves. This should all be for our own amusement, no?

sheepish one said...

lena is a gorgeous pattern, and i love your WIP shot of the sleeve. but kim is right: knitting is a joy, and if it feels like a chore, then why bother? like your puzzle ball, it WILL all come together in the end.

YarnSnob said...

Lovely pin cushion, all hand sewn too WOW! Your knitting will all come together :)

MrPuffy said...

There are no answers for so much that puzzles us in this life ~ we can only do our best and that is enough.

Your hand sewn pincushion is simply stunningly beautiful :)

Nora said...

The promise of Spring [for you] as we descend into Winter's darkness...
Different thoughts from a different place and time. A different puzzle.

zebraknits said...

life is a puzzle, isn't it. i don't think i have put my life puzzle pieces together yet like your ball, but some area of the puzzle makes sense. i will ponder on this thanks to you.

p.s. both prejects are beautiful!

mistybliss said...

i adore your puzzle ball... i've been making these for years, toys for my children and friends children - lots of places for little fingers to grip and investigate, lovely and soft to throw and catch!

Sending you the promise of magic that spring always brings xx

Jane said...

Join the club! Major life decisions are being thought out over this way. People that I thought I knew, I don't. Wondering about a lot of things lately.

raining sheep said...

I love the puzzle balls. There is something so wonderful about hand-sewing. I am beginning to be intrigued by the look of it and starting to get a hankering to try it.

amanda said...

The way the puzzle ball comes together is very clever. and i love that you used the pinky velvet!

lucky knitter said...

It is wonderful, how everything fits together in the end. Beautiful puzzle ball!

Lin said...

I have never seen puzzle balls before, yours looks wonderful in that fabric. I love the feel of velvet.

tiennie said...

What pretty photos. What a fun little puzzle/ball/pincushion to work on!

mbutterfudge said...

I've never seen a puzzle ball it looks amazing...I'm going to find out more.

Is it just me or has it been a long winter? I've just book tickets for a flower show in May...I am longing for spring, and some good weather.

Off to find out more about the american puzzle balls xx

iknitipurl said...

Enjoy the winter as long as you can, once it's gone and spring is here you just might wish for those cold winter nights. :)

MadMad said...

Wouldn't it be great if all life's puzzles came out as beautifully as your ball?