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As Time Passes

As time has passed over this two plus years since I last visited this site and wrote anything, it seems that life too has had passings and changes that have brought sorrow and joy. There are loved ones who are no longer here and there are new ones who have come into my life. Joy and sorrow walk the same road together. It is easy to embrace the joy and it is easy to try an shun the sorrow. Truly though you cannot live in this world without the two of these. All joy would lead to an unbalanced life that would be shallow. All sorrow would lead to a life broken and devoid of life.

When craft mirrors life, there are challenges to create and there are challenges to discard. If all you create is easy and without challenge it becomes mundane and has no captivation of spirit. On the other hand if your project is all complex and difficult there can be a difficulty in finishing. A mixture of complex and simple reveals the beauty of both. The finished piece becomes a story of the making.

In music if there is no rhythm there is just noise. In creating if there are no simple places the pattern is confused and confounding. In life if there is no place for sorrow there is then no recognition joy.

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,  That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.   Psalm 30: 11-12

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It has come to my attention, that I do not stop to be grateful. Now for some of you that may seem strange. I love knitting but I can turn that in to a task master very easily. Finish this project and now rush to the next one. Don’t rest, don’t enjoy the finished piece. There is a deadline, there are the ten other things that need to be done. Knit, Knit, Knit.

When something, yes, even if it is a thing you love to do, becomes a driven goal it can lose it’s pleasure. Even the giving of it to the appreciative recipient can lose the happiness that it should bring. It is at that time, I have to stop! Stop and enjoy, stop and admire, stop and breathe in the gratefulness of having finished something that is lovely, or lose the beauty of having done it to begin with.

So in reflection and gratitude I look back on recently completed projects. There was the fun cover-up for my daughter in Turkey.

A very fun project for a very fun person.                                     A very fun cover-up for a very fun person.

A very fun cover-up for a very fun person.
The next project to reflect on and enjoy is a smaller version of an afghan that I did for one of our other daughters and her husband. This smaller version of the Yggdrasil Tree of Life afghan is for the son they are expecting in September.
 
Gavin's Blanket

Gavin’s Blanket

Of course there are other small projects to think on and enjoy finishing, a fun cloth that is reversible. This cloth is called Claddagh from the Irish symbol for love, loyalty, and friendship.

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The Irish symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship. The Irish symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship.

Both sides of this piece are knit at the same time and is a very fun cloth to make. These are given to those friends who meet with me regularly to knit and crochet. The Claddagh symbol is very appropriate for this group of wonderful people.

When we stop and reflect on things we do that we are grateful for we find our joy in doing them.

Gratitude is the birthplace of Joy. “Joy is prayer–Joy is strength–Joy is love–Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with joy.” Mother Teresa

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