Sunday, September 24, 2017

Honoring a fellow fiber artist

A week ago, my mother had moved on to her next life. Three days from when we brought her home, she passed on. I spent the next couple of days numb, handling last minute affairs and discovering there really isn't much you can do until you get the death certificate. So I attempted to distract my mind and comfort my kids and family. I tried tatting but couldn't concentrate on it. I moved to crochet and I felt a bit better. Crochet is the first fiber art my mother attempted to teach me. It wasn't until I was much older that I went back to it sporadically. My earliest memory is of her making me slippers to wear at home. After some Pintrest and Youtube browsing I found a pair I felt like making. I think it was more a comfort thing than anything else. The artist was a spanish speaking teacher and her voice reminds me much of the way my mother would try to teach me. My mother stopped crocheting a few years ago and moved on to knitting. I haven't picked up this skill yet.

I was indecisive on whether to add the flower or leave it off. I ended up making up the flower for the second foot. They actually feel good on my feet and are open enough in the spacing, that my feet don't overheat in them. While on Pintrest I found a shawl that drew my eyes. The pattern is available for free on Ravelry by Maryette Roy. I don't normally care for skull patterns, but it called to me so I had to make it. While listening to Creepypasta stories of course.
This pattern is pretty simple to work once you get the rhythm of it. Once I was able to do a few repeats, my mind clicked on where to do the increase for the next skull row and it became much easier to work up. This is only two days of work or about eight hours. I had to stop today to rewind my ball of thread again. This dog is destroying all my craft supplies. He's destroyed about 5 shuttles already. Four were one of kinds/limited edition wood ones. I am less than happy with him right now. Honey thought it was a good idea to put him in my MomCave as a 'time out'. The dog completely trashed the room. There was thread and papers and just about everything you can imagine scattered. Luckily, the resin is stored on top of one of the workbenches so he couldn't reach that. With my youngest daughter's help, we cleaned up the room. The carpet needs some shampooing, because well he's a dog, but other than that, it's workable again.


In the midst of cleaning we found this cabochon that I had made months ago. Now I was debating on what to make with it. I could put an eyepin and make it a pendant real quick and easy. I remembered I saved Diane's Ice drop pendant tutorial a while ago. Using her instructions I worked up a different backing for it. I wanted something that would blend in or match the design on the front so I went with clovers.
I still need to work up the sides and the front. I do like how it looks so far. I want the front to be as visible as possible. I have a few resin pendants and molds to make. Memorial hearts for my neice who took my mother's passing so hard. It calmed her when she heard me tell my daughter they are taking grandma away to become fairy dust. That she's become a fairy and moved on to her next life, and when we move on ourselves, we'll find each other again. Family always finds family again.

11 comments:

  1. So sorry, you will find the right words to tell your children good memories of her grandmother. Lovely cabochon, hope you'll show the finished tatting soon.

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  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's good that you have fond memories of your mother. Sharing those memories with family does seem to help a little. Keep crocheting. The rhythm of the task will be comforting.

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  3. I'm sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I love that you have been able to find comfort in crocheting- it seems so honoring to her.

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  4. My condolences. You are crocheting new memories hooked on to the old ones. (((hugs)))

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  5. I love the skulls in knitting and i nornmal did like skulls then i learned about "the day of the dead celibration" and it is actully very nice and sweet worth Googling to learn of it. And sorry for your mom passing its ruff and all that weird paperwork is unexspected hope you will be doing better, take care.

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  6. You are never old enough to lose your mother yet it seems a rite of passage that we all go through eventually. My heart goes out to you and your family. Its wonderful that you can celebrate your memories of her with crochet. Hugs

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  7. I am sorry for your mommy's passing away. May God give you strength to bear this.

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