I was at our rug hooking group again this morning. We meet in our city’s wonderful new recreation centre, gathered around a table drinking tea, swapping stories, sharing health care advice and…hooking. We have been meeting together for a long time now, Wednesday mornings. It began in a member’s home, but we have long outgrown that space and time. Now we rent a spot and share the building with swimmers and yoga enthusiasts. In our room, the glass wall barely contains all the colours of our imaginations. As my friend MA walked me to my car today, she commented that the people we share these mornings with are the essentials, and that our creations grow in part out of that rich personal connection.