Hey, everybody. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I seem to be having a hard time lately getting to my computer to blog. I think it’s work and being busy and life in general getting in my way with my blogging. But that is just how life works, isn’t it? Maybe it’s not so much that life is “getting in my way,” but that life is just happening.
My very good friend (we’ve known each other since Jr. High) has a mother who is dying of pancreatic cancer. My thoughts have been with her lately. We’ve been talking a lot, as we do when something comes up in our lives that is so life altering, and I want to make sure that I am there for her to support her. I made her mother a prayer shawl (which I forgot to photograph before I gave it to her) out of baby yarn that was a sherbet green. She is so frail and only weighs about 80-something pounds–at least that was a few weeks ago. I didn’t want to make it too heavy for her so I made it out of chain stitches with an open crochet look to it to keep it lightweight. She loved it. I was so glad I could make her smile. I hope it brings her much comfort in these last days of hers.
And then I was sick myself with what I think was food poisoning. I was so sick I had to go to the ER. But I’m better now. While I was resting and getting better, I started crocheting some shawls for myself as well. I have made three shawls in the last few weeks! I am going to show you them all, but one at a time.
I made this shawl out of black yarn with in an open crochet pattern. It has fringe and I can wear it many ways, as you will see. I got all the patterns from either the internet, books, magazines or old patterns I had stashed in my project files. You can find many yourself or make up your own. Hope you like this one and it inspires you. I’ll show you the second one next time!
This baby is obviously having a funny dream! I remember when my own kids were that little. I could sit and watch them endlessly…sigh… I have not had the experience yet of photographing newborns, but I love making the little crocheted accessories that photographers love to put them in and that make them look even sweeter than they already are.
You can check out more of my creations here https://rtcrita.wordpress.com/creative/. They are fun to make, and I can’t wait to see each one on a new baby every time I finish creating something. I always have tons of ideas in my head about what to design and make–if only my fingers would go even faster than they already do! I’m one of those people who does not like to have idle hands. I guess you could say I have “RHS” –Restless Hands Syndrome! If I let them lay still for too long, they get all twitchy and anxious to be moving and creating something else. Good thing I have all sorts of supplies lying around in my house. I just pull out my “stuff” and go to town on whatever is calling me to be created. I do believe it’s a disease. But, one that I wish to find no cure for!
Speaking of…I think I need to go make some cocoa crispy bars. The good thing about having to “make stuff” all the time is that sometimes that translates into food items. Then everyone in my house gets rewarded from the “fruits” of my disease. They love it, too. It keeps them in sweets and snacks. Yesterday, I got up at 5 a.m. (woke up and was just wide awake, so thought I would make the best of it) and made a bacon and egg quiche, followed by pasta with olive oil and butter, and then made chocolate chip cookies later in the morning! My son thought he was living in a restaurant when he woke up to all those smells.
I hope everyone has something they can create with their own hands. It doesn’t matter what it is or how intense or easy the project. It just feels really good to know you made something all by yourself (or even if you need to use a little assistance from a friend, a book, or a magazine or Internet article). You get such a sense of accomplishment. And every time you do something and can smile at it when it’s all done, you get the encouragement to try something bigger next time. Just be careful and finish your projects. There’s nothing worse than having half-done projects lying around the house. Because that has the opposite effect of feeling accomplished and self-sufficient when you do finish a project. You can end up feeling like a loser that constantly procrastinates and never sees anything through to the end. And that is NOT a good feeling, believe me.
I made a pact with myself that I would not start any new projects until I finish the one I am currently working on. I stuck with it and it has really helped cut down on the “stuff” lying around the house. Admittedly, it is hard for someone like me because I like to work on more than one project at a time. So, I try to limit it to no more than two at a time. Okay, sometimes three–but whose counting!
Time to go. Those cocoa crispy bars are calling me!