Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Haiku-A-Day December Challenge #10 Slice of Life Mash-Up: New Stitches

For the last three years, I've intentionally spent time writing and sharing a Haiku-A-Day for the month of December. The first two years I exchanged a daily Haiku privately with willing friends, mostly through text and email. Last year I wrote and shared each Haiku on my blogThroughout this process, I've discovered that the practice of noticing and reflecting through writing a Haiku grounds me, provides with with a certain kind of peace, assists me with better practicing gratitude, and helps me better navigate this "hurry up" world. This year my goal is the same as last year: to pen and publish a daily Haiku on my blog throughout December. 

Haiku-A-Day December Challenge #10
Slice of Life Mash-Up: 
New Stitches

"Oh! Look at the progress you have made!" Ellen, my longtime friend, exclaimed, fingering the stitches on a blanket I recently started. 
The single stitch blanket I am currently working on.

"Well, I have had a good teacher," I responded, thinking about how far I had come since I learned from Ellen in October. 

"Now it's time to learn a double stitch. Let's get you started." 

I gulped. I was just feeling comfortable with a single crochet stitch. Could I move beyond this?

"Just watch. Then try. I'll be here to help."

I began my slip stitch and moved onto chain a row of stitches. Hesitant, I began my first double stitch.

Within the first few minutes, I had to pull out and redo several double stitches, but eventually I got it.

Time to move beyond/
Watch. Listen. Watch again. Try/
Stumbling through new.  

My first attempt at double crochet.

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  1. I am a knitter and LOVE this. I've been knitting for almost 40 years and there is still so much for me to learn. I, too, stumble when I encounter a new technique, but O the joy when i finally get it.

  2. I cannot knit or crochet but greatly admire the patience and craftsmanship of those who do! I imagine the love and care that goes into each stitch. The pulling out to re-do simply makes me think of writing and revising... and your double stitching looks beautiful to me. LOVE the colors of the blanket you're working on. I have just now remembered the afghan my grandmother crocheted decades ago - it graced the back of her sofa for my entire childhood. It has her monogram in three big blocks - and it belongs to me now!

  3. Very interesting that your crocheting led to a haiku, Trina. I think the line "stumbling through new" captures your process quite well. I placed a #haikuforhealing/#haikuforhope on Twitter today after waking to new snow.

  4. Are you sharing your crocheting journey w/ students? It’s such a wonderful metaphor for all learning. I love the emphasis on growth in “move beyond” and on the effort to move beyond and learn more in “stumbling through new.”


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