ColLINKtion: The Secret Garden

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I remember reading “The Secret Garden” when I was in fourth or fifth grade. Fifth, I think. Although I didn’t understand all of the flowery language, I was totally captured by the story. I mean, it’s got everything.

Sour-faced orphan

Mysterious manor house

Guardian with a troubled past

Forgotten garden with a lost key

Strange sounds that no one will admit to hearing

Boy who talks to animals

The result? A story about coming back to life after a terrible metaphorical winter. I mean, it doesn’t get any better than that. And we’re still reimagining this theme. It’s what the movie Gravity was about, after all.

Anyway, I’ve compiled a bunch of patterns that reflect this childhood classic.

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1. Woven Filet Mesh Lap Throw by Tanis Galik

Presenting Colin Craven’s lap blanket. Can’t you just imagine the peevish little invalid covering his shriveled legs with it? This awesome pattern uses interlocking (double-sided) crochet, and it’s a great technique to learn if you haven’t already.

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2. Crochet flower in ”Eskimo” for key ring by DROPS design

If there’s one symbol that you can’t miss in “The Secret Garden,” then it’s the key. Lost for 10 years, the key represents so much more than entrance into the garden. The book itself asks, “What is the key to healing? Rebirth? New life?”

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3. Girls’ Pinafore (age 2 to 6) by Emi Harrington

This looks just like something Mistress Mary would’ve worn on her first day at Mistlethwait Manor. She was a skinny, ugly thing, and it took the fresh moor air to fatten her up.

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4. Country boy on the farm by Tapanee Chaovanavatee

Here’s Dickon. Granted, he probably didn’t run around in overalls, but this little garden guy certainly reminds me of him. Or you could give him a white beard and call him Ben Weatherstaff.

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5. Robin by Brigitte Read

Robin is probably my favorite character. He’s friendly, social, and proud. Robin is Mary’s first friend. And this pattern is so furry and cute I may just start talking to it in Yorkshire.

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6. Easter Lily by Tamara Kelly

I’m not sure if the lilies Mary grew were the Easter or Calla kind, but there’s no doubt that lilies are a huge symbol in the book. Plus, I just love all of Moogly’s patterns.

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I’ll leave you with this practical yet inspiring quote from Ms. Burnett:

Much more surprising things can happen to any one who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Have you read “The Secret Garden”? If not, drop everything you’re doing and go straight to the library.

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