30 July 2010

The sound of silence

7 Small Shawls: T - 157 days and counting down.

The kids are in bed and it's quiet quiet quiet. Aaaaaaaaaah. :)

Today I got the edging completely swatched on shawl number 3 for my 7 Small Shawls project, and I'm starting to think it's time to name her.
I know what I have in mind.
But what do you think she should be called?
Leave your choice in a comment by Monday, August 2, midnight PST, and be entered to win a shawl pin like the one pictured here!
Remember, it will have to be the name of one of the seven sisters (Pleiades)!


I sometimes think about how I am really not making an important contribution to the world, like an AIDS researcher might be, or a teacher, or firefighter. Today was one of those days. But then something happened. Someone wrote me about being touched by my blog in a very personal way, and I reminded myself again of something Yarnhog once left in a comment: "bloom where you are planted." Make your little corner of the world a better place. I'm feeling pretty good right now. Thank you for sharing. :)

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Blogger Knit for Joy said...

She's shaping up to b a very bright star in the collection.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Jani said...

Looks like Electra to me . . . before I knew the name had to be a sister, I was thinking Iridium, like an iridescent iris . . . but Electra sounds perfect!

11:08 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

You create beauty, raise your own children and inspire others. BIG contributions!

I vote for Alcyone, too, wife of Poseidon, the sea god. Fits her color!

11:13 PM  
Anonymous 27gabryel@twitter said...

I would vote for Celaeno because of the darkness and stormy feel to it

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the meanings of (A)Sterope is "twinkling". The beads certainly twinkle.

tinktinktink on Rav

11:28 PM  
Blogger FugueStateKnits said...

Given the lightening-like angles and the beautiful blue tones of the yarn, I'd agree with Elektra!

11:31 PM  
Blogger Rosalía said...

I choose Alcyone's birds because the color remember to me the ocean and the stitches are, well, I think they are like littles birds giving Alcyone your songs, a lot of littles birds flying around her.

I wish your inspiration be always so brilliant. You improve this inspiration day by day.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Helen said...

So true! There are not many of us who can make massive changes to the world, but if everybody made their own corner a happy place imagine the kind of world we'd have!

My vote is for Electra. I just love the name :-)

12:59 AM  
Blogger mokkakissa said...

Alcyone? Sounds a little bit like a sea weed to me... I am almost finshed my Maia. It is GOOD! Not as nearly as difficult as you might think when you first see it.

1:48 AM  
Blogger CheshireCat said...

I also like Alcyone best.
Great idea!

4:00 AM  
Blogger JackieLemon said...

I like Alcyone, also. Just beautiful, so far.

4:05 AM  
Blogger Martyn said...

I vote for Electra. The yarn, the beads...she looks electric to me. The name applies as a sentiment to the times when you created late at night, hence needing electricity...now that you are going to bed early right?
Ok, maybe that's stretching it, but I really like the name.

4:29 AM  
Blogger norabrown said...

I'm glad you got some quiet. And I think that everyone has moments where they question their contribution....but you have brought children into this world and you are doing your best to raise them right, so even without your contributions to the knitting world.l...you're doing plenty.

As for names....not Electra because Electra means "amber," "shining," and "bright."

How about Alcyone?

5:23 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Alcyone for me too! Looks lovely!

5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this one should be Celaeno, the dark one. =)

Beautiful edging.

5:41 AM  
Anonymous MelThomas said...

The new shawl edge is beautiful! I vote for Celaeno "the dark one".

5:55 AM  
Blogger Ana said...


6:42 AM  
Blogger carolknits said...

I think Electra. The beads have a certain spark!

6:58 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

She has ALWAYS been Electra to me.

"Electra means "amber," "shining," and "bright." (though the amber part doesn't work)

You are making so much more than a little corner of the world a better place in many many ways.

Have a great weekend!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Melissa B said...

Looks like this will be a beautiful shawl!! I'll vote for Celaeno.

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Kay Verge said...

I'm going to vote for Asterope because the beads remind me of the heat lightning we get in the sky here. Little drops of twinkling jewels in the dark blue night.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I'm thinking Sterope, also called Asterope. Asterope means star-faced, and I see the stars in the edging and in the twinkling of the beads.

7:20 AM  
Blogger JelliDonut said...

With all that sparkle, Electra is my vote.

You are a caring, creative person. That's an important contribution to the world. Yes, feel good about that!

7:28 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Beautiful "ELECTRA BLUE"!

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

I vote for Asterope (or Sterope). Her name means lightning or twinkling, which makes me think of the lovely glints of light all over the shawl.

7:45 AM  
Blogger scifiknitter said...

I vote for Alcyone - a blue-white star.

I think you should save Electra for a design intended for those wild hand-dyes.

I agree that you make the world a better place with your work! You create gentle beauty that keeps us warm and our hands busy with a lovely purpose.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Alcyone-shining sea, twinkling sky. It will be beautiful.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think "Asterope" would be the perfect name for her, As in Astrology ; )

8:43 AM  
Blogger Gwynne said...

I vote for Alcyone. It fits perfectly. Powerfully beautiful.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for Elektra also. Your creations make you extra special in my book.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Miss Ginny Tea said...

I see I'm not the first to vote for Alcyone. ^_~

Also, it's gorgeous.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Rudee said...

Your words and your art move me in a way medical research never has ;-). The world would indeed be a gloomier place without the beauty of the way lace speaks to you. It doesn't speak to just everyone that way. Have you stopped to think there may be AIDS researchers who think better after working a row or two of one of your patterns? Believe me, you're contributing. Thanks for sharing.

I vote for Electra, too.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

Alcyone seems perfect.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Turtle said...

How nice about the comment you received.

Looking at your shawl and the color made me keep thinking of Luminous Taurus, but then again i also liked the simple names of Pleione or Bacchus. Beautiful Ro!

10:06 AM  
Blogger NanaJ said...

I am voting for Taygete because we have so many animal lovers and I believe she had a love of animals.

10:40 AM  
Blogger NanaJ said...

I vote for Taygete, lover of animals due to so many in the group.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Nanajudy said...

Taygete gets my vote, lover of animals. So many in this group.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

My vote goes for Electra meaning the bright or brilliant one. Simply gorgeous! I can't wait for this pattern!

11:07 AM  
Blogger AmyP said...

I think Alcyone could be the one since she attracted Poseiden and this yarn colour does remind me of the sea!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Another vote for Alcyone. I look forward to seeing the finished pattern!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Mindy said...

Asterope/Sterope is my vote.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I vote for Alcyone!
This one is sooo beautiful, can't wait to get the pattern!

11:46 AM  
Blogger Zardra said...

I think it looks like Electra. :)

11:46 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I vote for Alcyone!
This one is sooo beautiful, can't wait to get the pattern!

11:49 AM  
Blogger CraftNinja said...

I vote for Asterope, since "Aster" is ancient Greek for "star." Most of the other sisters seem to be more closely associated with water and/or Poseidon in some way, so I think Asterope is the most appropriate for a star-themed shawl!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Add me to the Electra fans. It is really beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished shawl.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I have to vote for Celaeno, though Sterope might work as well.
The others don't seem as well fitted to the feel of this shawl to me.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

Not the first, but I like Asterope (Sterope). It simply sounds lovely, and the shawl looks lovely, so there you go!

12:52 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Celaeno makes the most sense to me

1:11 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Celeano. Definatly.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Celeano defiantly. When I saw this shawl I immediatly thought. Wow this IS Celeano. I already LOVE this shawl! Thanks Romi!

2:43 PM  
Blogger SandyS said...

I think Electra best describes the border, beads and beautiful colorway.

3:07 PM  
Blogger durham_knits said...

Looks like Electra to me - shining and bright little stars!

3:29 PM  
Blogger sk said...

The color of shawl reminds me of kingfisher.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Lani said...

I vote for Electra a blue-white giant star. The beads give a shining, bright quality to the shawl. I'm finished with Merope and Maia - just need to block them. Thanks so much - your designs are fun.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous nanalisette said...

I think Electra is the best of the remaining 5 sisters...my first thought was Maia, but I see that is already taken by Shawl #2. The description using violet as well as blue pulls me to this name.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Ann K. said...

I like Alcyone, also. Just beautiful!

6:30 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

I vote for Sterope.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

I vote Taygete. :)

8:06 PM  
Blogger Ann-Marie Brown said...

I had a hard time deciding between Sterope and Alcyone. I finally decided Alycyone..."Queen who wards off storms". The color seems like the sea, and the lace to me almost looks like Poseidon's trident.
You do a beautiful job on your designs. The lace is really pretty on this one! Ann-Marie

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Celaeno, "the dark one"

Or you can try Gertrude, Myrtle or Betsy....


10:18 PM  
Anonymous plumbum said...

Celaeno (or one of her variants Calaeno, Celeno or Kelaino - I like the last), the Dark One - struck by lightning and wed to the King of the Seas, mother of Triton

But mainly because I reserve Electra for whatever is coming our way in that glorious shocking pink :-)

4:04 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I vote Alcyone ( Moring Star). I love what I can see so far.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like an Alcyone sky. Beautiful work. Anomaleah on Rav.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous goodnurse said...

Because of the dark, stormy color....Celaeno

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to vote for Celaeno. Very beautiful,,,dark and stormy
goodnurse on rav

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Jolanta said...

Although seemingly counterintuitive, I pick ELECTRA, after researching;
here is why---
Myth: Zeus fathered her son, Dardanus, founder of Troy. This star is clearly visible to the naked eye; yet Electra is the missing Pleiad who withdrew her light in sorrow at the destruction of Llium, the house of Dardanus. Electra, they say, left her sisters and took a place in the Arctic circle. That is why they sing:
...In Troy's last hour...
Electra shrouded her form in mist and cloud, and left the Pleiad-band...
Still rises up...their bright troop in the skies; but she alone hides viewless ever since the town of her son Dardanus in ruin fell...
--from p.406 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.

". . . The lost Pleiad seen no more below." — Byron's Beppo.
Fl. 17 Taurus, or b, 4.6. Electra, although for at least two or three centuries the title of a clearly visible star, has been regarded as the Lost Pleiad (another Pleiad Merope is often considered The Lost Pleiad), from the legend that she withdrew her light in sorrow at witnessing the destruction of Ilium, which was founded by her son Dardanos,— as witness Ovid (43 B.C.-18?A.D.) in the Fasti:

Electra Trojae spectare ruinas
Non tulit ante oculos, opposuitque manum;

Or, as Hyginus wrote, left her place to be present at its fall, thence wandering off as a hair-star, or comet; or, reduced in brilliancy, settled down close to Mizar (in Ursa Major) as Alopex, the Fox, the Arabs' Al Suha, and our Alcor (in Ursa Major).

The Pirt-Kopan-noot tribe of Australia have a legend of a Lost Pleiad, making this the queen of the other six, beloved by their heavenly Crow, our Canopus, and who, carried away by him, never returned to her home.

"Thy beauty shrouded by the heavy veil Thy wedlock won." — Elizabeth Worthington Fiske.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Laurie (Mooflower) said...

I'm never good with naming projects but love the color and the edging. Can't wait to see the whole thing!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I'm partial to Electra.

I also struggle with the same fears of not "doing enough" and have to remind myself it's impossible to be all things to all people, impossible to single-handedly save the world. But I've seen in so many ways the way making a difference in even ONE life can have an amazing ripple effect, reaching far beyond what we could ever dream.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Janine said...

Sterope(Asterope) I really like the new placement of beads, Romi.

5:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another vote for Alcyone!

kathleensknittin on Rav

6:08 AM  
Blogger Purlwise said...

Asterope, as the color fits a wife of Poseidon's wife, and Asterope is also defined as bright faced. The beads add such twinkle!

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Marylu said...

Definitely Alcyone - blue/white star because the beads add twinkle and spark to the night sky

11:05 AM  
Blogger TerriG said...

Asterope! Or Alcyone! I can't make up my mind!

I love the new placement of the beads! Can't wait to see the finished shawl!

Terri (rabbittaxi on Ravelry)

2:28 PM  
Blogger TerriG said...


I love the new placement of the beads! Can't wait to see the finished pattern!!

Terri (rabbittaxi on Ravelry)

2:29 PM  
Blogger Goose said...

Definitely Asterope!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Miggsie said...

I vote for Sterope, as I found references to her being star-like, or even compared to a shooting star, and this shawl definitely looks like it has sparkling stars against a deep blue sky. Love how it's coming together!

2:56 PM  
Blogger Miggsie said...

I vote for Sterope, as I found references to her being star-like, or even compared to a shooting star, and this shawl definitely looks like it has sparkling stars against a deep blue sky. Love how it's coming together!

2:57 PM  
Blogger Whskr @ Dash Kitten said...

Alcyone- the name just speaks in a darker tone, it has drama, mystery and spirit.

I can't wait for No. 3 to appear. I am knitting Merope at the moment. My most complicated to date - so the thought of 'beads' is a fun challenge!!!!!!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...

I vote for Electra--the yarn plus beads looks like "shining" and "bright", both translations of Electra.

"Thy beauty shrouded by the heavy veil Thy wedlock won." (Elizabeth Worthington Fiske)--from Wikipedia...

- microbe29 on Ravelry

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Dinah said...

I vote for Electra

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knitting and crocheting beautiful things helps me stay calm and centered. Making these beautiful things for people I care about and seeing their pleasure in receiving these beautiful things makes me very happy. Your designs are the most beautiful of the beautiful things I make. Thank you for sharing them with the rest of us. You are helping to spread love and keep us all connected and that is vitally important.

Barb P in Seattle

12:12 PM  

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