Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #242

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

Last week we celebrated Spring, this week we are celebrating mothers.  Mother's Day in many countries, including the U.S., is this Sunday, May 13. 

In 2014, on my first Mother's Day post, I wrote this brief history of the celebration ~
Mother's Day originated in the small town of Grafton, West Virginia. Anna Jarvis, a school teacher there in the early 1900's, began a campaign in memory of her own mother whose prayer was that "someone would someday create a special day to honor mothers." In 1914, her efforts prevailed when President Woodrow Wilson designated Mother's Day to be celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year.
 (Click here to view the entire write-up.)

That same post features a picture of a special gift from my son, John.  So much has happened in the four years since -  John met and married his ever lovely wife, Melissa, and just last month announced that they are expecting their first child.  Now that is one special Mother's Day gift for this Grandmother!

Let's give three cheers for the gift of motherhood and begin with this string ~

IAST #242 String by Adele Bruno, CZT
(This string was sparked by the idea of a loopy letter 'M' for mom. With one side smaller than the other, it could be a mother and child, couldn't it?)

The tangles we will use include ~

4Mom by Jane Eileen Malone, CZT
This is a sweet play on the word MOM, fitting for the occasion. 

Pots-N-Pans by Sayantika Ray
Truly a treat for mom, these pots and pans don't need to be washed ­čśë

Pixioze by Margaret Bremner, CZT
Not overtly flowery, this pretty tangle is still reminiscent of posies.

Use as many or as few of these as you wish.

As with all our IAST adventures, simply pencil in the string keeping in mind that it is a suggestion, and let the tangles lead the way.


Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
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