Moms come in all shapes and sizes. Ones full of hugs and kisses, stoic strong types always ready to offer keen advice and always with endless love.
Mothers are pretty special. Even though we all have one, we have to admit that there’s something pretty unique about each and everyone of them. Whether it’s putting a Band-Aid over that scratch we got or whipping up some cookies for a group bake sale, mom’s juggle a number of things all at once, all with a smile.
Mothers are acknowledged and celebrated around the world throughout the year. In the United States, Canada, Australia and about 60 other countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May (or this past Sunday this year). The United Kingdom celebrates Mothering Sunday on the fourth day of lent, which usually falls earlier in the year in March or April. For a list of Mother’s Day dates around the world, check out this list on Wikipedia.
On Ravelry, there are a number of groups dedicated to moms and mom-like figures: Mothers and Daughters Unite!, Mothers In Law, The Mother and Daughter Group, Teens With Amazing Mothers, Mothers and Daughters Who Knit.
This year Ravelers shared their Mother’s Day stories all over Ravelry. This is just a general forum search that yielded some pretty neat results.
Crafting for mom
With so many patterns on Ravelry, it’s hard to decide what to make mom for Mother’s Day. Ravelers are making their Mother’s Day pattern suggestions over at Theme Pattern Seekers, and cherryred8 also is scouring the pattern search to come up with an elite list of ideas. She’s also created criteria to help define the list. What have you made for mom? Was their one project that was such a success? Suggest it here, as well as your specific traditions and celebrations. This information will be included at the end of the pattern list to help you out.
Motherly perfect projects run the gamut of crafty fiber possibilities. From scarves to shawls, socks to gloves, dishcloths and afghans. It’s endless and can meet the needs of any mommy recipient. The Monthly Adventures 2008 group created a Mother’s Day Speed C/Kal. Over on Patterns, there’s a thread dedicated to super quick mother’s day gifts.
Give with fiber love
Also don’t forget all the grandmas, aunts, sisters and friends. Whip up some fiber craftiness this year.
Don’t forget that Father’s Day is coming up for a number of countries around the world. To check on your upcoming dad’s day, check Wikipedia’s list. A thread for dad-specific pattern ideas is here.
Originally published May 12, 2008 in This Week In Ravelry (issue #15). Photo courtesy of Kate Hamilton