If you have already heard about it then ignore the article I am about to share with you. I have done a few of "my" news to share too.
In Japan on the 8th of February is held the Festival of Broken needles.
This is the day when Japanese needleworkers will lay their broken pins and needles to rest.Woman take a day off from their sewing chores and take their old or broken needles to the shrines or temples.
Hari Kuyo is a 400 year old festival held in Buddist temples and Shinto shrines, Broken pins and needles are thanked for their work and laid to rest in a bed of soft jelly or tofu cakes. Stitchers pray for the repose of their needles ,improvement of their sewing skills and safety from injury when sewing.
Some people believe the tools have souls and they are treated with care and respect.We rely on countless helpful tools which are the result of ingenuity and craftsmanship.Perhaps celebrating pins and needles and the service they provide reminds us of the many small things we should be thankful for.
Another aspect of Hari Kuyo is the letting go of personal burdens.Concerns and complaints are shared with their needles passing the burdens onto them so that when the needles are put to rest they take the cares,worries and sadness with them /Who amongst us has not found solace and respite in our stitching.
I just had to share that on here.
So now onto other things, stitching of my own . I have started the New Year by taking part in the monthly challenge on Needlecraft Haven ,we are given a free pattern by Christine to download and stitch however we like last month was a penguin with Happy New year 2016 on , as you know 2016 started pretty grim family wise and has gone best forgotten ,I did not want to put this years date on either so I opted for something different on mine.
The sheep one I am doing again with Sally although I am not sure which sheep one she is doing , is Spring Makeover and I have added another sheep to the queue for the bath and some grass and flowers.
I shall start the next row on Friday. I also have to choose a new start for tonight and something to stitch in the parlour again at NH . Not sure what to choose.
Just had a phone call from the vet ,so I am in bits again ,Ollies ashes are ready for collection. Oh dear its hard.
The day after he went we decided to go for a walk and chose the Radipole lake bird reserve. It was a place we had never taken him too and water and birds to chase would have been too much temptation for him. The header was the queue forming for lunch.
Some pics of where we went.
Lots of ducks and feeding time was in progress,with wellie booted children clamouring for food to throw. I remember doing it with mine when they were small.
I am hoping to get to see some snowdrops next week on my birthday, another year older. I had to go to Poole hospital last Thursday to have a MRI scan on my back. I saw the consultant on Monday last and he wanted me to have a scan . So we caught the train and the deed was done . I couldnt believe how quick it was between seeing him and getting a phone call to say they could do it the next day if I liked. Anyway those are the days Martin works so we went on Thursday. I have to see consultant to get results and see where we go from here.
I have been reading and I am well into my 3rd book of the year. I have of course bought some more and they are sitting on the ever increasing pile to read. I find I can lose myself in a book . These are 3 I have bought last week.
hugs to all .