I was surfing etsy looking for Winter Solstice items, and I happened upon PerfectlyPotholders. What makes this shop extra special is that PerfectlyPotholders is owned by a ten-year-old homeschooler with interests in music, ballet as well handwork. Pearl enjoys weaving potholders and has been making them for the past three years.
In addition to be talented, Pearl is very smart! Here is her explanation of the Winter Solstice in the item description:
“A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun’s apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost or southernmost extreme. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun’s path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction.”
And I have captured the solstice in….You got it!…. Potholders! The first potholder in this set is dark, with Dark Blue, Black, and Burgundy, and represents the time we will go into after Dec. 22. The second one is bright, with Yellow, Red, and Orange, and represents the sun’s brilliant rays that come out after the Summer Solstice on June 22…”
Pearl has started a new monthly newsletter featuring interesting articles and special offers for her valued customers. If you would like to sign up for this newsletter, just send her a convo from her etsy shop, and she will add you to her mailing list.
I love the description of this Winter Solstice Stripey Yarn by knittindiva: With the chill of winter fast approaching, these socks bring winter right to your door step. Blue for those crystal blue skies you often get in the winter time, gray for those dark, gray skies that threaten you with snow, and white, for the stunning glow of a snow covered mountainside.
Having grown up in the Midwest, this photo exemplifies mid-to-late December:
This book purse is cleverly made from a copy of Rosamunde Pilcher’s “Winter Solstice.”
According to joannadances, “The time of the Winter Solstice is a time of meditative introspection and gathering together with loved ones. [It’s the] time to slow down and savor our life, pay attention to what is truly important. The long night lies across us like a comforting blanket, Mother Nature gathers in for a winter long slumber. What will she Dream?
This delicate little bowl is small enough to fit in your hands, measuring 5″ diameter and 1.5″ high. It is needle felted of indigo colored wool on a felt base, embellished with a galaxy of glass beads. Hold between your hands as you spiral into winter meditation.
Now that you are centered and in touch with your inner diva, I will see you soon – long before the summer solstice is upon us.