Yesterday I opened up a box of Peaches & Creme from Elmore-Pisgah. Twenty-two little balls of totally affordable cotton worsted, in a plethora of pretty colors. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I am presented a box full of like objects, my first impulse is to sort them. So there I sat, on the floor, with my big box of yarn, looking for sets of three that were pleasing together.
I was soon joined (grudgingly at first, but enthusiastically before long) by my 6-year-old, who had his own ideas of what colors look good next to each other. We sat there like that for several minutes – making matches, jumbling them up, re-ordering – when someone suggested bowling.
And thus began an hour-long series of build-them-up and knock-them-down games that were surprisingly enjoyable for both of us. It actually felt like a real shame when I had to take away three of the balls to start my next dishcloth.
I love that kind of spontaneous fun that erupts from looking at a collection of objects in a non-traditional way. It’s like the game of Go-Fish that my 9-year-old and I played the other day with a big bowl of my medium-size clay buttons. “Do you have a button in the Triangles pattern?” “Nope, go fish!” Fun.
Before I go, a quick aside: have you heard about the Craft Hope shop at Etsy? I have a full entry about this nearly ready to post, but in the meantime, I think the shop can speak for itself. Go have a look!