Since I was feeling so squiffy this weekend I was in need of some instant, super speedy yarn related gratification. Yes I know have at least eleven wips on the go according to my Ravelry count
(believe me when I say there are the same again work wise hanging around my studio) and yes I am sure that completing at least one or two of them would lead to vast feelings of achievement and satisfaction... but you know, there's nothing quite like breaking into a gorgeous skein of yarn to start an equally gorgeous project you've had your eye on for a while. OMG! It is sooooooo, so gratifying!
So this weekend I added 'haiku
' to my cart along with a few other treats and broke into this delicious skein of Old Maiden Aunt that I picked up at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival last spring
. It's called 'Buttermint' and is the most delicious shade of ochre mustard you could possibly wish for. I'm working this shawl on a smaller hook than the pattern calls for since I want to make a denser fabric for an early spring shawl. It's still a wee bit chilly here right now and I plan to be wearing this straight from the blocking board! The pattern itself is an easy to memorise repeat so perfect for picking up and doing a few rows before bed when a cold addled head can't cope with anything too complex. It's on my Ravelry pages here
if you want to know more. Oh yes, and in honour my first ever haiku shawl I wrote my first ever haiku poem!
Gentle waves rippling,
in repeats of chains and shells,
making me happy.
I worked so hard on those seventeen syllables and had to Google 'rippling' just to double check that it was 'rip-pling' and not 'rip-pl-ing'. Accents have such a huge effect on how we pronounce our words both out loud and in our own minds so I was making doubly sure my Scottish / North East England mash up of an accent wasn't making up it's own syllable construction. Honestly this was probably the trickiest little sentence I've ever written! Usually I write as though I'm just chatting with someone and never give much thought to any of the technical stuff. Thing is I'm already thinking about my next haiku, since I'll definitely be crocheting another shawl I will most definitely need another poem to go with it!
Have any of you ever written a haiku? I'd love to read them if you'd like to share them in the comments, it would be great to inspire each other!
ps : The excitement is already building for the next Edinburgh Yarn Festival planned for March 2015, find out all you need to know here
. I'm already saving my pennies for another yarn splurge!