Monday, March 14, 2011


"In the cherry blossom's shade
there's no such thing
as a stranger."
-Kobayashi Issa

  With all the pictures flooding in from the site of the tsunami damage in Japan I have been thinking alot of childhood. Growing up in Toronto, ON there was a very strong Japanese Canadian population.  Every year right around this time when I was a child, grandma and mom would pull the kimono's out from the boxes in the basement and dress my sister and I up for the Spring Festival at the Japanese Candian Cultural Centre. 

  Spring Festival was one of my favorite events of the year, not only was it a day of fun but I got to dress up and not just kind of, it was the whole nine yards. Kimono, obi, wooden sandals (geta)and not to mention those lovely hair pieces of brightly colored flowers. 

  At the center we were always greeted with the sound of taiko drums, flutes and laughter. The scene in my memories is always one of barely controlled chaos as children ran about, bright colors and sakura.  Cherry trees in full bloom were present seemingly all over the gardens out back lending shade to people snacking on traditional festival treats.  No one was a stranger on those days, as we sat together under the shade of the cherry blossoms, we were all friends and family brought together by the promise of spring and the celebration of a new season.


-Pink crochet thread
-White crochet thread
-Yellow glass beads
-Crochet hook 2.25mm

Gauge: Not important

Abbreviations: (please be advised this is in US terminology)
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crocet
HDC - Half Double Crochet


With pink thread. Chain 5 and slip stitch into first chain stitch to form a circle

Round 1 - SC 15 in the circle
Round 2 - Change to white thread and attach to a SC with a slip stich.
Round 3 - In the next SC. Chain 2, DC3, 1HDC, DC3, Chain 2, slip stich all into the same stich
Round 4 - Slip stitch into the next 2 SC's

Repeat Round 3 and 4 until you have a five petal flower.
Glue or stitch the yellow beads into the center of the flower

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