I can't believe it's almost been a year since my last post...very bad bloggery of me, but life is flux, tidal, seasonal, and so is my journaling habits. I can't help it. 40 lashes with a whip of Red Heart, eh?
I made this hat for myself, to use up two partial balls of Nashua Handknits Vignette. It's just a basic beanie, switching back and forth between the two balls every two rows. At first I wanted to embroider some kind of viney swirls with leaves, but that just wasn't clicking with the colors, which reminded me of stratified river cut rock at sunset, like in the Columbia Gorge.
As I was working on the hat I watched a PBS show "Oregon Experience" which asked the question if Celilo Falls are still intact beneath the Columbia River(they were flooded when Bonneville Dam was built in the 1950's). Celilo Falls was a sacred place to the Chinook, both as a place of power from the wild falls, and a place to catch salmon, LOTS of salmon. Sonar has discovered the profile of the falls is the same(matching the sonar readout up with old photos)--the river has not buried the falls with silt. The program ended with the enigma of Celilo Falls eventual resurfacing...the dams' lifespan is about 200 years, and by then it may well be removed.
So pretty little swirly vines just don't go with Columbia Gorge-y rocks above the river. Ancient petroglyphs are carved on rocks up and down the Gorge. I was feeling birdy, and found one of an owl. Perfect! This owl was carved on a fishing rock, either to claim it for a person, or (which I like better) as a guardian "angel"to keep fishermen from being snatched into water by river devils. I chose an embroidery color that wouldn't stand out too much--just like the old petroglyphs.
So now I have a hat that will be a good luck charm from falling onto rivers(or being dragged into them by river devils)--which I need cuz I'm not real good at swimming!!!