The 9 Month Mandala

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One of the very last posts I wrote before my impromptu blog break was this one which recorded the start of my Mandala Madness project.

The Mandala Madness CAL  run by Helen of Crystals and Crochet  was an 18 week CAL. It took me double that time. Goodness knows how others managed it, but they did.

Helen actually made 3 in different colourways and gauges throughout the CAL.

I watched Helen’s Mandalas grow. And soon mine began to grow too.

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As the mandala got larger and larger I only managed one full round every evening I picked it up. dsc_0827

It also became less portable!dsc_0824

My OH kept asking, ‘What is it supposed to be?’.dsc_0822

‘Just a thing’, I said. There was no point describing to him the symbolism behind a mandala. He would have thought me off my rocker.

In Helen’s words,

‘The easiest way to understand a Mandala is to think of it as a symbolic representation of the universe, often sacred, based on a circle.
The word “Mandala” is from the ancient Sanskrit language. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a Mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.

The design of the Mandala is supposed to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that irritating thoughts are unable to get through, like a form of meditation allowing the busy mind to take a break while the creative mind is allowed to run free.

And then, in mid January, it was done.

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And I did so enjoy it; determined to complete the 18th week, using up a considerable amount of cotton stash. This slightly explains the slightly weird colour combination.

You might recognise the colours from these guys

I looked forward to the change in stitches and texture every few rounds.dsc_0816

It measures over 2m across and is a lovely weight.dsc_0821

And I know you won’t believe me when I tell you that my husband was caught with it wrapped around his legs on the sofa last week!

Love, Lucie xx

30 comments

  1. This is absolutely beautiful Lucie – an heirloom for sure. Imagine making one in sand and seeing it ritually dismantled as the Tibetan Buddhists do – I know, I saw it on House of Cards 😉

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  2. Wow, what a piece of art! Not just crochet! I think if I did this it would be the 9 year mandala, no 9 month! I’ve just been checking out the link, there’s some amazing stuff, I’ve downloaded the mandala bolster cushion which I think might be a bit more realistic for me. I’d love to make one of the whoppers like yours eventually though 😍

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    1. I’m not quite sure what he thinks about my crochet. He just thinks I’m mad, I’m sure. He still asks me if wouldn’t just sitting watching TV without crochet/sewing would be more relaxing than multitasking all evening?

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  3. This is totally gorgeous – I can’t stop looking at it! Ive never seen anything like this and missed the CAL at the time otherwise I would so have been there with you. I have made a cotton blanket and can appreciate how heavy yours is. Mine is used in the lounge every night so I can see how your husband is happy to pick yours up and snuggle down in it – I’ve got eight that get rotated through the week as everyone grabs one each evening!

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