Time passes. We are almost halfway to the equinox. The days are brightening. In Ireland the first day of February is considered the beginning of spring. St.Bridid’s Day or Imbolc. I have read that that is the day Brigid is released from the winter god. You leave a candle burning to light her on her way. I have also read that you should sweep the hearth with a birch branch and kindle a new fire to welcome her, and you should leave a bit of butter on the windowsill. It is a time to make a St. Brigid’s Cross. These are made from rushes, pulled not cut, and hung near the door or in the rafters to protect the house. I have no rushes so I sent for one from Bealtaine Cottage. It arrived a few days ago.
I will find a place to hang it soon.
You can get one at the Bealtaine Cottage Shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/BealtaineCottage
Here is more about St. Brigid’s Crosses from Bealtaine Cottage:
Hopefully it will bring a bit of spring warmth to New England.
It has been a bit warmer with temps in the 50s predicted for tomorrow!
A friend sent me this picture….another way to keep the girls warm.
Speaking of knitting projects, I have FINALLY finished all the pieces of the sweater I started last year.!
Now I need to sew it together and add the button band and the buttons. Almost there….and then I can think about a new project…chicken shawls? Maybe not. There will be time. Winter will continue in New England for awhile.
But whatever the weather, February will bring longer days and a brighter sun…..and that will have to be enough for now.