Forgetting is the easy thing to do. Forgetting is the entropy of our minds. To not forget takes a choice and discipline to push way those things that so easily distract us and to focus on a bigger remembrance. I’ve heard that the most sought after commodity of the moment is attention. When so many forces vie to win, woo or buy our attention, it must take a determination and grit to not give in.
Our days of remembrance are not only about those who fought and those who died, it is about how we and future generations choose to live in light if the sacrifice of thers. I cannot separate myself from the history that made my present story possible. I am grateful and humbled and a bit scared of what would happen if we do forget.
Visible or tangible reminders are meaningful and helpful. I wanted to make a poppy and I wanted to share the pattern so we can encourage each other and those around us to live lives of thanks and rememberance.
Poppy Mini Pattern
Foundation round: Ch 3, sl st in first ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), 11 more hdc in ring, sl st in top of first st to join (12 sts)
Rnd 2: ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around, sl st in top of first st to join (24 sc)
Rnd 3: *ch 4, 2 trc in each of next 4 sts, ch 4, sl st in next st (petal formed), sl st in next st* rep from * to * 3 more times (4 petals)
Fasten off and weave in ends. Now you’re ready to wear or give your poppy with pride.