Today is officially the second day of spring here in the Pacific NW, there is no better time then this to finish Sophie’s Mandala. Some of you have already seen part of Sophie’s Mandala it is the mandala I used for my front page, it wasn’t finished yet! [I couldn’t help myself I liked it so much that I had to use it even though It only had four rows to go before I had it finished………………… 🙂 ] I was going to post this yesterday but when I saw that the media was calling the 2015 spring equinox freaky friday and with the solar eclipse and supermoon ……. well I had second thoughts. Not to mention when my sister got home from work and asked me if I wanted to go get a bit to eat I just couldn’t refuse!
“I Sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing,…which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time….Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is:…the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious.”—Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, pp 195 – 196.
Here is a little history on the mandala thanks to Wikipedia:
Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.
The term is of Sanskrit origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
The mandala I crocheted ended up being considerably larger than Debri’s pattern, even though I used an F/3.75mm hook I still came out with a 21.5″ mandala, which is a nice sized piece. I’ve already decided that I’m going to hang it on the wall in the most perfect of all spots where I can look at it when I need inspiration. Like when I’m writing a blog post and lose my train of thought or when I just can’t seem to come up with the right words for what I want to convey or when I’m crocheting and need to give my fingers a rest. Any excuse will do! They are so colorful and I like the texture and dimension that can be achieved I enjoy crocheting mandala’s and will be playing around with different stitches and idea’s for creating more of them.
Until next time,
Have A Great Day!
Sophie’s Mandala: Hand Crocheted by Artisan Patricia Geraghty-Gaddis
Designer of Sophie’s Mandala: Debri Uys
Reference Material: Wikipedia