So the ever inspirational Kate from Foxs Lane is doing this thing called ‘A Motif a Day for May‘. The idea is you select a craft, most are crocheting a motif, and you meditate whilst you make. Because creating, for most of us, is a form of meditation. It’s that time when you are in the zone and not much else matters.
I think that’s what meditation is at it’s heart… to slow down and get into the zone of something where you are not thinking about what’s for dinner, if the cats been feed yet and if it’s going to rain on your washing! We have so much going on in our lives, it’s not very often when you are thinking or concentrating on just one thing. Whether that’s your breathing in ‘traditional’ meditation, or ripping out that next weed you can reach, or painting or drawing, or cooking up a batch of muffins, or walking in the mountains or along a beach… I think ALL those things are forms of meditation if they are something that you just love to do.
I’ve been playing along with lots of others on Instagram using the hashtag #motifdaymay, but instead of crocheting a motif I’m doing a row (or three or four) of my Kiwi Coast Blanket. I spend the time thinking about what part of the Kiwi Coast I’m crocheting represents, and I reminisce about our recent roadtrip around the North Island.
As I crocheted the colours of the Napier shoreline, I thought about its huge waves that crash so close into its shore of shiny black pebbles… of falling asleep to sound of those waves… of the gorgeous jade green beaches…
As I crocheted the choppy waves of Lake Taupo, I smiled remembering eating a $10 half crayfish we brought from Napier, whilst the Lake Gulls hovered above us waiting for scraps… the blues and whitecaps on the water… the chilly breeze that blew through us as we licked our crayfish fingers overlooking the lake…
I’m crocheting the Hot Water Beach rows at the moment and it’s sooo lovely to remember that blissful feeling of sitting in steaming hot water, watching the waves roll in… the pretty reflections on the sand as the tide rolled out…. steam rising from the sand looking other wordly yet calm and peaceful…
I love selecting the next colour I’ll use, and thinking about what stitch I might use with it to conjure up the particular coast, beach, bay, lake I’m thinking about. It’s really helping to slow down my mind whilst I crochet.
You see I’m consistently inconsistent… crochet is many things to me. Sometimes crochet will be my mental escape where I’ll think of nothing else but the stitches and get into a lovely peaceful rhythm. But sometimes crochet will be my mental checklist like I must remember to get potatoes tomorrow and get that load of washing out of the washing machine. Yet with the #motifdaymay awareness, and my Kiwi Coast Blanket theme, I have been relaxing into a peaceful world of sweet holiday memories and colours and stitches. How can it not be restful to the mind to think about relaxing beachy holidays?!
I do feel really relaxed and calm when I crochet this blanket. I think this vibe mostly comes through in the blanket… although… it’s a bit like me in that it has a few tension issues too! I’m hoping, for the blanket, they’ll wash out in the blocking process… and for me, they’ll fade a little as I keep crocheting it.
Are you playing along with the #motifdaymay? It’s not too late join… Just pop over to Kate’s blog to find out more…
Wishing you peaceful in the zone moments…
12 thoughts on “meditations on the kiwi coast”
I just LOVE this so much!
Such a wonderful concept and such an incredible memento.
I look forward to your updates every single day.
I hope you have a gorgeous week. xx
Oh thank you so much Kate! It really is such a pleasure to make, I feel like I take a little mental holiday each time 🙂
I hope your week is lovely one! xx
ps: promise to update today!
Really gorgeous colours and stitches, I can see the billowing waves for sure.
Thanks Mum… doesn’t surprise me that you can see the waves … no bunnies? Teehee 🙂 … xxx
Hi there just found you via foxs lane. what a great idea, you will always think of your holiday when using blanket, and i live in Napier and we’ve just visited Melbourne, was beautiful! Have added you to my blog list so can keep up to date with your posts
Thanks Kerrie. I loved Napier! In fact I purchased some of the yarn from this blanket in Napier from Skeinz… That’s kinda where the idea formed too 🙂 What a lovely small world blogging is sometimes.
How do you transition from shell to single or double stitch ? I am a beginner crochet fanatic.
Hi Sophie, I didn’t think about that when I did it so just winged it a bit… I kinda just did the short stitches on the high bits and longer stitches on the low bits. Does that make sense? 🙂
Yes, makes perfect sense. Can’t wait to try !
Oh great! Excellent, let me know how you go 🙂
I absolutely love your approach to the Motif a Day! The results are just gorgeous, too. Your finished blanket is going to be an amazing combination of crochet and memories, which is quite perfect.
Thank you so much Katie! I’m having such a great time reminiscing our NZ holiday and just loving the freedom in this blankie with colours and stitches. Thanks for your kind words 🙂