Officially it is spring in the Netherlands…. But frost and snow make it feel as if it’s still winter. Done with that I tried to blow the winter away, and keep up the spirit with this yarn bomb. Neon colors should do it. And yes, the next day the sun was there… Good reactions too from neighbours.
I needed an easy crochet project for mindful crafting! And I found it. I made two potholders.
The potholder above was inspired on the mandala pattern and tutorial from Winkieflash's blog: http://winkieflash.nl/2012/11/12/free-pattern-mandala/
She shows excellent how she gets an invisible ending of a circle! So easy and such a beautiful result.
I crocheted two mandala's, and crocheted them together to get an nice thick potholder.
The other potholder I crocheted came from http://appleblossomdreams.blogspot.nl/2013/01/stash-buster-6-rainbow-of-dishclothes.html
At first I had some trouble with the beginning and the end of the row. It had to be done in another way than I was used to. But I soon figured out how it had to be done in this pattern. Also a very mindful project.
Do you know anyone who is depressed, has MS, arthritis, or any other mental, physical or chronic illness?
In this post I want to draw your attention to a book about the benefits of crafting for your own health. I’m reading it now and it gave me so much food for thought, and even more, food for my hands! I’m crafting more than ever.
I was not aware of the fact that there had been a lot of research about the benefits of crafting. This made me very aware of the importance for me. I survived several depressions, and off and on I have to fight a big battle when it recurs. Crafting helps me. This book helps me.
Here you can read a book review that gives a good idea about the book:
“The book opens with Kathryn’s own battle with depression, and continues with one gripping and amazing story after another of despair and relief through crocheting. The book is also chock-full of scientific research, and it’s immediately obvious to anyone reading it that the message reaches far beyond crocheting: crafting, particularly tactile and engaging crafting, does wonders for the spirit. Grab this book if you’re stressed/anxious/depressed and are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. Read it for inspiration from powerful women who have turned their lives around. If you have a friend/relative struggling with mental illness, read it as a way to gain insight into their experience- as Kathryn has a gift for putting into words ideas that usually remain hiding in the back of peoples’ minds. You might even want to read what’s inside this book so you’ll have an excuse for squeezing in more crocheting!” – Stacey Trock of FreshStitches
Read more about the book: http://crochetsavedmylife.kathrynvercillo.com
The author of ‘Crochet saved my life’ is now writing her second book ‘Hook to heal’. You can read more about it here: http://www.indiegogo.com/crochetconcupiscence.
I changed the appearance of my blog. The new theme has a ‘see-through’ background which I could choose myself. I chose an embroidery I made in 2009.
I found the patterns in a book from a secondhandstore: the Scandinavian knitting pattern book. It was so lovely to experiment with all kinds of combinations of charts from this book.
Hazel Hall, 1886-1924, USA.
Needle, you make me remember things…
A path through a wood that ran like wine,
A turn, and the bubbling smell that clings
Close as breath to the lips of springs
Where the sun is sprinkled fine.
Needle, you have a path to run
Where never the boughs of trees have met
And never has seeped the rain of the sun;
But long is the way you have just begun…
Needle, you make me forget.”
Source: The Collected Poems of Hazel Hall. OSU Press, 2000, Oregon, USA.
I’ld like to share this poem because it shows how I feel about my needlework. I discovered the work of Hazel Hall a few years ago, and bought her book with collected poems. She wrote a lot of poems about her work as a seamstress an needlework.
Poems with this quality about needlework are so rare.
In the future I will share more poems of Hazel Hall on this blog.
If you would like to know more about her:
She is three years old, lives across the street, and she knows what she wants. A cuddly toy. Not a bear. She wants a fish. She chooses the fabric and I make her a fish. Aukje is happy.
(Made in 2007)
This was a very mindful craftproject for me. Even though I did not know what mindful was at that time. I called it meditative needlework (which is the same ) .
The inspiration came from a magazine ‘Flow’ with colouring picture for grown-ups.
The repetitive movements of my hands, was very relaxing for me.
I had to work slowly because I wanted it to be precise.
I made this in 2009.
So many people around us are crafting in every way possible.
Recently a friend and me came up with the plan to gather this creativity, in order to share inspiration, work together. help each other, chat about it, and about all kinds of other things in life of course
We started craftevenings in the community house of our neighbourhood. (So lucky to have that!) We made invitations:
Er zijn zoveel mensen in onze buurt die iets creatiefs doen. We zijn onlangs begonnen met crafavonden organiseren. Hierboven zie je een foto van de tweede avond. Wat was het leuk!
Above you see a picture of the second evening. There is mending, drawing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, making keycords, fingercrocheting, making dolls.
We had fun!