Sunday, October 01, 2006

What We Make

Consider this excerpt from The Root of Wild Madder by Brian Murphy, it reveals what we all understand is important about what we make. This book is an excellent read for lovers of Persian carpets and the work that goes into what makes them beautiful. It recounts a journey made by a journalist through Afghanistan and Iran in modern times after the defeat of the Taliban in Afghanistan at the turn of the 21st century.

Here the journalist is hiding under a carpet with an Afghan family during a sandstorm. The owner of the carpet named Rahmin says: " I think what we make, what we say, what we do are all little parts of our soul. We leave things for others to find and collect. This carpet was from my grandmother's hand and her mind. It is now with me and my family. My wife has fixed the rips. She has beat the dust out and cleaned it and let it dry in the sun. I carried it to this camp on my back as if it were a sick child. Life is in this carpet. So why is it wrong to believe that my grandmother is not still connected to this carpet she made; that she can feel the love we put in keeping it clean and repaired?"

Yes...this passage rang true for me. We are what we make; we make what we are.

Above in the collage I have managed to photograph the sleeves of Durrow. I was not happy about knitting the Celtic pattern in the sleeves so I changed the pattern and added a Reverse Staghorn Cable. I'm hoping to finish it in time for The Gathering the first week of November.

Anyone out there planning to attend?

I also took a pic of some additions to the stash!


AR said...

Nice stash additions! That book passage was beautiful. I hope someone loves the things I make that much. Or loves me enough that they love what I leave behind.

beadlizard said...

Thank you for the lovely quote. I will think about it all day, and email my grandmother! --Syl

Judith said...

What an exquisite quote. Yes, that one can be carried around and thought of again and again. It is the core of why we make something. Look at your stash grow!