It is early this year, the Chinese New Year’s Day.
Since 1873, the official Japanese New Year has been celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, on January 1 of each year. So, we do not have celebration as Chinese people do, but you get to see the dragon dance in China towns. It is a exciting day for many.
I knitted this dragon dance set last year. This is my favorite piece.
It was fun to knit this dragon and I could use up my bright Ferrari red yarn that I did not know what to do with.
This year, I have this one; Children with panda bear.
I am quite pleased with how they came out. And the fortune cookies, they are also made with felt.
I also made the wall sign.
This character Fú (we pronounce fuku in Japan) meaning “fortune” or “good luck”. Mounted Fú are a widespread Chinese tradition associated with Chinese New Year and can be seen on the entrances of many Chinese homes. This is often displayed upside-down on diagonal red squares. I have heard that the phrase an “upside-down Fú” sounds nearly identical to the phrase “Good luck arrives” in Chinese.
We do not have this tradition in Japan. When I first saw the Fú sign in a Chinese restaurant in London, I thought someone put it up the wrong way up by mistake. My sign here is not hang upside down. Being Japanese, I prefer this way. I do not feel too comfortable hanging the “luck” letter upside down.
But I think it is all right.
Again, this is done with felt. I cut out the letter and sew it onto the fabric.
and the knot? I have this book, “Chinese knots for beaded jewellery” by my publisher Search Press. The instruction is very clear and I could make this pretty knot!
Happy Chinese New Year!