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haiku #3, an Easter special

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haiku #3, an Easter special | Emma Lamb

Who's up for a haiku challenge this Easter!? Lovely Anthea over at Spoonful has been inspired by my recent haiku scribblings (here and here) and has chosen haiku poems as the theme for the annual Spoonful Easter competition. As soon as I found out about this years theme I began thinking lots of chocolaty, haiku thoughts. Obviously! I also began to take my haiku musing a little more seriously. Too seriously! I got struck down with haiku writers block and needed inspiration. Much to my dismay double chocolate rations haven't helped thus far!


After hearing the tinkling of bunny bells these last couple of days I figured it wouldn't be long before I spotted on of those timid creatures in all his shiny golden foil glory. And sure enough this morning I was able to catch a quick snap of a beautiful golden bunny before he darted off amongst the bookshelves again! This lovely little chap proved to be the just inspiration I needed for haiku number three summing up my pre-Easter anticipation...

Waiting very patiently at the moment, who knows if I will make it to the weekend!? Bunnies beware! (Probably why they're so timid.)

Oh yes, and there is an absolutely gorgeous prize up for grabs in this competition, this fabulous Victorian Lace Golden Egg print by Collectivity Lane Studio & Design...

Win this Victorian Lace Golden Egg by Collectivity Lane Studio & Design in the annual Spoonful Easter competition

Isn't it gorgeous!? I so want it! I am sure you guys do too!? To be in with a chance dust off your writing caps and start thinking of Easter inspired haikus. Anthea isn't being strict about writing traditional style haikus, but they must be based on the five, seven, five syllable construction. Entries are due by Monday 28th April so you have plenty of time and the whole chocolate filled Easter break to be inspired. Hop on over to Spoonful for all the details and how you go about submitting your entries.

Emma, x

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colour palette : before they fade + haiku #2

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colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb

Hello lovelies! Today I so need some pretty floral colour in my life how about you!? If you're in Edinburgh of in fact much of Scotland I am sure you're desperate for something other than the dreary grey that has been outside our windows for the last four days now! Even the swathes of daffodils in our local park were looking a little beaten down by today's relentless rain, poor things! Me and the Spanner knew just how they felt when we trudged back home, dripping wet after our walk earlier today. Neither of us really wanted to go but I know a certain little furry someone would have been climbing the walls later today if he hadn't gone!


colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb

Anyhow, at least today I can look back on the beauty of these carnations I've had around the house recently. These humble little blooms are my newest favourite! They are such great value for money too, easy to pick up in most florists and shops (especially supermarkets) for a few pounds and if you pick right you can get a bunch to last around three weeks to a month. That's even with me being completely rubbish at changing the water regularly too!

These purple and frilly pink ones were at three weeks and just starting to wilt beyond rescue when I snapped these pictures this weekend. I love these two colours together and kept them in one big blooming bunch until they started to go, that's when I rescued a few of the best that were left and had a little fun with some of my vintage vases.

colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb
colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb
colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb

Oh yes, and these humble little blooms also inspired me to write my second ever haiku poem...

colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb

If you missed my first ever haiku, inspired by a Quince & Co. crochet shawl pattern I'm working on just now, you can read it here. While I'm not following all the haiku rules (read a good 'how to' on those here) I'm enjoying playing with the seventeen syllable construction. It makes them so addictive to write! I love that they are little pieces of art in themselves as well as being a beautiful way to encapsulate my sentiments and inspirations. If you've never tried it I definitely recommend giving it a whirl! Let me know in the comments if you do so I can come over and read them too :)

Emma, x

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my first haiku

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my first haiku | Emma Lamb

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!


my first haiku: Gentle waves rippling, in repeats of chains and shells, making me happy. | Emma Lamb

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.



my first haiku | Emma Lamb

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!

Emma, x

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!

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