Recently, my good blogging friend Teresa and I had a rather comical conversation in which she tried to help me appreciate that I had created a new pattern.
We were looking at the yellow baby hat pictured above on the right that I finished crocheting. With joy and enthusiasm like Tigger's, Teresa proclaimed, "Gracie! You made a new pattern!"
With gloom and doom like Eeyore's I admitted, "Uhhhh... I was trying to follow YOUR pattern."
It would be flattering to embrace the idea that I was being purposefully clever in creating a new pattern, but in the spirit of honesty that Meredith promoted recently in her blog, I confess that I didn't.
However, I am addicted to Happy Endings, and I have found one in this latest edition of my story. First of all, I imagine that the baby hat will one day warm the precious head of some little one many miles from here thus fulfilling the purpose for which it was created for Taci's Hat Project.
Secondly, this incident prompted me to ponder patterns in general, how they are formed, and what patterns I find pleasing.
I am fascinated to realize that while I am strongly attracted to the patterns I have seen in illuminated manuscripts, I am quite put off by some of the elements that form the patterns. Grotesque, scary, dragons and creatures are not what I want to learn to draw to form my patterns! But my eyes are beguiled by the general forms and colors of the illuminated manuscripts, and somehow I would like to create works that reflect the wonderful colors and patterns I admire.
My blogging friend Christine recently sent me a link to an exciting [to me] site that produces coloring books of modern illuminated manuscripts intended to be used as a form of Christian meditation. I am eager to use them!
Other patterns around me that have attracted my attention recently: The pattern of the rounded petals in the fragrant purple-blue hyacinths my youngest son, Tim, gave me is so beautiful. The pattern on the frogs my youngest daughter, Elisabeth photographed is so interesting. The pattern of the fort my oldest daughter, Mary Kathrine, built from the tree felled to protect our home intrigues me and my growing granddaughters. The majestic pattern Mt. Hood thrusts from earth to sky demands my attention and admiration from whatever location I view it.
My Spring Pattern Line of interests is varied as you can see, but I have another pattern [I showed you many posts ago] that I have been sporadically working on this Spring. The pattern is timeless [endless]. Why did I start knitting it [YEARS AGO]? It is not my pattern, but I chose the color [and the pattern]. Why did I choose the color? Why did I choose the pattern? I am knitting it on circular needles. Will I knit backwards in the middle of a row like I did [and left in] in the cowl I recently finished and proudly showed you several posts back? I think I still have 170 rows left before the next color change in the blanket I am knitting. Is that even possible? I suppose I should reread the pattern and recount the rows just to check. Mercy!
What is in your Pattern Line this Spring?