Setting intentions for the new year

Over the course of the year that just passed, I did not made it to my favorite yoga class as often as I had hoped; however, on the occasions that I did, one thing was constant: the first order of business after getting oneself situated was to set one’s intention for the session, and this afternoon, when I finally picked up a hook and some yarn, I decided that my first crochet of the new year should set my intentions for the next twelve months.

To that end, I pulled out a crochet mandala that I started work on in early December, but which I had seen at Crochet with Raymond last July and coveted for nearly 5 months.

My purpose in beginning the mandala was twofold.

First, if I began to make it, I wouldn’t need to covet the mandalas I had seen that others made.

Second, making the mandala was also meant to be an exercise that would allow me to practice what I think of as mindful crochet, and it seemed to me that would be a good place for me to begin the new year in crochet.

Far too often, my body is in one place, and my head is somewhere else entirely. I have decided to use crochet as a vehicle for practicing the discipline of keeping my mind and body focused on the same activity. So, armed with a 5.0mm Etimo hook and a ball of amethyst Red Heart Super Saver yarn, I added a round of single crochet stitches all the way around and then made a 5dc shell edging.

My crochet mandala courtesy of Crochet with Raymond

I am very pleased with the result and have every intention of making more mandalas.

If you want to make your own, there is a new and “revisited” tutorial available at Crochet with Raymond. Special thanks to Alice who took time away from her own crochet work to bring us this revision.

I can hardly wait to try it.

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4 Comments on Setting intentions for the new year

  1. Crochet with Raymond
    January, 1st 2011 at 10:46 pm

    gorgeous!
    It looks stunning with it’s edging, wishing you a very happy and mindful 2011 XXXXXXXXXXX

  2. Debi Y.
    January, 2nd 2011 at 8:24 am

    Oh, it’s so pretty — love the colors. :)

  3. Leslie Stahlhut
    January, 2nd 2011 at 5:03 pm

    @Debi Y., Thank you, my hooks seem to gravitate toward bright colors. :) @Crochet with Raymond, Thank you for the kind words, and the effort you put forth to get the idea of crochet mandalas out where I could find it. It is the prefect size for small awkward bits of time.

  4. Ruth Reber
    September, 24th 2014 at 5:16 pm

    love the site

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