Thursday, September 11, 2014

Seasons: The Gift of Crochet

September 10, 2014

As I watch the arc of the late afternoon sun gradually shift, my thoughts can't help but think about the next season that will be upon us: Autumn.


I  enjoy Autumn, almost as much as I do Spring. The colors are gorgeous and delight us as new shades appear almost daily tease us with waning sparkle as the sun hits the leaves. the smells, the foods and the holidays during this season are nothing but good.


The waning sunlight is only a tease only if we let our thoughts migrate to what is coming next: Winter!

I live in the Midwest so I have learned to adapt to four distinct seasons, each with their pros and cons. Those of you in other, more stable climates, might not be able to relate in quite the same way. There is a certain satisfaction to re-arranging the closet and preparing to wear clothes that almost seem like new again since they've been under wraps for months.

Our crochet habits are seasonal, as well. Many people do not work on afghans in the summer. They believe the weight of the fabric and the heat that is generated is too uncomfortable on thos sweltering hot days, even in air conditioning. There is no question that dragging along a huge project like an afghan is not convenient. As Summer becomes Fall, we may enter "panic mode" because we realized how far behind we already are to get many holiday gifts that we would like to give ready. As Winter becomes Spring our crochet projects reflect our thoughts of weddings and babies and so on and so on.

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