Crochet, Lace Making

Going Back To The Beginning

Going Back To The Beginning

I was going through pattern books recently looking for baby knitting patterns when I came across a cotton crochet book. The temptation of going back to the beginning of my crochet journey was very strong, but I diligently resisted while I finished a few projects that were on the go.

Going Back To The BeginningProgress has been quite good over the last month or so, so I unearthed a ball of cotton I had bought on special a while ago “just in case”, got out my set of crochet hooks, and allowed myself the treat of starting one of the so-called “Easy One-Day Doilies”. To be fair, the pattern I have chosen is relatively straight forward and, if I gave in to temptation and just sat with it until it was finished, it would probably only take a day to do. The unfortunate reality is that there are a lot of other things that need to be fitted into my days as well, minor details like work for instance, so it has taken me over a week to get halfway through so far.

Going Back To The BeginningIt has been really enjoyable to do some cotton crochet again. I taught myself to crochet doing fine cotton pieces. These were inspired by the beautiful things my grandmother made. The book I am using has some lovely projects in it and I am sure I will be able to make time to do some more. I now enjoy crocheting with yarn, which is obviously a bit quicker, but there is something very special about the delicate lacework of fine cotton crochet.

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Sunrises, Spring, Kowhai and Tuis

Sunrises, Spring, Kowhai and Tuis

I love sunrises and sunsets, especially the really colourful displays. Although they can have a lot in common, they also have some subtle differences. Whereas a beautiful sunset can be a peaceful, calming end to the day, sunrise can have the opposite effect.

Sunrises, Spring, Kowhai and Tuis Sunrises, Spring, Kowhai and TuisBoth sunrises and sunsets are obviously hugely affected by the weather on the day, but this just adds to the variety of the displays we can experience. What I find special about sunrises is the sense of a fresh start and new opportunities. As the light increases, the world re-emerges from the darkness and there is a feeling of expectation. Where I live the sunrise is accompanied by a “dawn chorus” as the birds joyfully welcome the new day. I really love the singing of the birds, especially our beautiful native Tuis.

Sunrises, Spring, Kowhai and Tuis
Tui
Sunrises, Spring, Kowhai and Tuis
Kowhai

In New Zealand we have just entered spring which is also all about fresh starts and new opportunities. This is the season when our native Kowhai trees (pronounced kō-fai) come into flower. This coincides with the mating season for the Tuis, so we are currently being treated to amazing aerial displays as they chase each other around the neighbourhood, as well as their wonderful song.

Spring and sunrises both bring the excitement of new beginnings, which is something I also associate with starting a new hand craft project. Every new beginning holds the promise of many enjoyable hours of crafting, not to mention the final satisfaction of the finished product. I think it is really important to keep looking around us every day for any opportunity, no matter how big or small, to appreciate the expectation and promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. Let’s make sure we enjoy every day to the full.

Sunrises, Spring, Kowhai and Tuis