Two Knots, Endless Combinations

For most children the imminent arrival of Christmas, or their birthday, brings dreams of toys, bikes or ponies. I remember rushing down the stairs, thinking of the treasures tucked away behind trussed up packages in bright colours. I wasn’t hoping for dolls or LEGO. The most precious gifts I opened were books.

When I was young it was Dr. Seuss Compendiums, the works of Robert Munsch, or illustrated versions of classics for my parents to read aloud to me. As I grew older the books grew into box sets; the Anne of Green Gables Collection, the Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia and the complete works of Jane Austen among others.

Despite their outward differences, they are all made of the same stuff. Just like all of us 🙂

I remember receiving my first “how to” book at age eight. For Christmas my aunt and uncle gave me “Klutz Friendship Bracelets”. The rest of that Christmas is a blur of coloured thread, blunted scissors and mutters of frustration as I attempted to wrap my brain around this new concept. By the end of the night I had made two bracelets. By the end of the year I had mastered every pattern in the book and was looking for more.

I don’t need any of those books anymore. A few dozen patterns are written in my memory forever. Many “how-to” books and “DIY” websites have come my way since then but the colourful and complicated bracelets that were my beginning will always hold a place in my heart.

Making this clutch was a very worthwile labour of love.

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