A Growing Love Of All Things Nautical

I’m not really sure where my sudden love of all things nautical came from, but it’s here. Perhaps it’s a yearning for a sea change, I definitely could see myself living beside the ocean… the peace, the tranquility… ahhhhhh.

My father was  in the Navy many moons ago. My mother gave him a clock that was an anchor and it hung on the kitchen wall all throughout my childhood… it ended up in the background of many photos (see examples below).

Me posing for my year 12 formal with the clock on the wall behind me.
Me posing for my year 12 formal with the clock on the wall behind me.
Me posing before a waitressing gig in my teens with the clock on the wall behind me.
Me posing before a waitressing gig in my teens with the clock on the wall behind me.

I’ve been making a quilt with nautical themed fabric to give to my father either for his birthday or Christmas (depends on how long it takes me to complete). I wanted to attempt a crochet anchor motif to attach to the quilt. Do you think I could find a pattern that I liked? There was one but it was a written + pictorial pattern and the author made a glitch somewhere because the written pattern and pictures didn’t quite correspond. My several attempts to replicate it ended in disaster. I then attempted to adapt the pattern with little success. Ergo I’m still on the hunt for an anchor pattern.

I did, however, come across patterns for sea shells, star fish, gold fish, mermaids… then that led me to create a Pinterest board for all things nautical, because all of a sudden I realised I liked the look of the décor (I haven’t liked it previously… what’s happening to me?)

Around this time last year I discovered one of my totems to be a sea horse… and I have been able to crochet one of those…

seahorsecrochet

Again, this is all possibly a yearning for a sea change. I’ve been getting many signs from the Universe pertaining to the ocean over the last 12 months. And the latest is people tagging me in the mermaid tail blanket pictures on Facebook. Truth be known, it was those cute wearable mermaid tails that got me interested to learn crochet when I was on maternity leave… I wanted my adorable bubba to wear one. Now, four years later, I’m finally embarking on the project with some prompting from my Facebook friends.

Crocodile stitch Mermaid scales
Crocodile stitch Mermaid scales

Now I’m sitting here as I type this considering making shells from polymer clay… So much craft, so little time (sigh). Stay tuned for more nautical crafts to come.

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