For the record? I am not knitting impaired. I am not lace impaired. See, what it is, is that Mercury is in retrograde, that is what it is.

The nice folks at say in this article….

“Here we go again… Mercury goes retrograde once again. It happens 3 times a year and it lasts for about 3 weeks. This time is from July 23 to August 16, 2005.

General influence of Mercury retrograde
Mercury rules over the mind’s processes, studying, communication, businesses, travels and the like. When Mercury reverses its direction, all these areas are affected as well. The mind turns naturally inwards and people tend to analyze more the own thoughts and follow the common thinking patterns, rather then be curious and eager of new intellectual experiences or challenges. This helps the meditation or the thorough lonely long-term study of a specific matter, but it affects the study of new subjects, the communication with the others, the attention oriented outwards.”

In other words? Don’t try to knit lace. Don’t quit your day job. Perhaps not the time to take up studying Mandarin. See:

“Don’t enroll to courses, don’t buy expensive Mercurian items (books, cars, mobile phones etc.), don’t sign important contracts and do not marry.”

Thank god I’ve got the wedded bliss thing covered. Can you imagine Bridezilla in the grips of Mercury retrograde?


“It is definitely a very good period for some actions. No time is completely bad for anything, there is a reason in everything happens.”

Yes, like root canals and getting dumped by your hot boyfriend. I’m sure there are reasons for those things too. And bad hair days. Do we need a reason? Why bad hair days? Bad coffee? Can someone explain this? Also, what is the reason for the platypus and in particular, I want to know the reason for Lion Brand Fun Fur. Please. Someone just tell me that much and forget the platypus.

“The key is the reversed direction of movement: take any known Mercurian action, reverse its flow, consider the keywords “re-doing something”, “double-checking”, “finish the old projects” and there you are, you’ve found the good side of Mercury retrograde. For instance, you may want to read again a book you particularly liked, a subject you studied before, meet and discuss with old friends you haven’t met for a long time, travel to places you’ve already been to before. This is an excellent time to work on old projects that never got to be finished. So, think about the things you started and never finalized.”

Righty o then. I’ll just put the lace down and back away slowly. I’ll go finish up that feather and fan sock that has been languishing in the WIPs pile, or maybe work in some loose ends.

I’m still waiting on the Fun Fur thing, btw. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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