Archive | August 2012

Therapi Braided Wrap designed by Sarah Golder

I started working on this braided wrap sometime in June and have had to stop and start due to various reasons – none worthy of writing about, smile.

I started back last week while I was off and have managed to get passed the braids and am now working on the other side of the wrap.  It must be 17″ long, like the other side, so it will take me a week or so to get there, but when I do, I will have to weave in the loose yarn and then we should be good.

I’ll take a picture of what has taken me almost three months to do, although I will say, I didn’t work on it for like 3 weeks, so actually it’s only been two months.

I’m hoping my next project will be a shawl!  We shall see.

I give all my thanks to Teresa at The Yarn Basket, as she’s been a wonderful teacher!

Yarn rules!

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One does get wiser as they age… Posted on June 12, 2012 by rvncrft72

ImageOr so I’ve been told, but now I really believe it, laugh!

I’ve been working on this knitting project for a month now and about the time I get half way through it I mess up and have to pull it all out and start over (only because I wanted to do it without any help).  Needless to say, I’ve pulled it out close to 10 times, but yesterday as I set knitting, I made the same mistake and instead of pulling it out, I decided I’d go to the source.  I’d go see Ms. Teresa, the sweet lady who taught met o knit.

As I walked in the store, I didn’t see her, but could hear her and I announced myself and told her I had a problem, could she please help?  Of course, she’s always able to help, and in 5 seconds she had it fixed and she undid (is that a word) the fix, and handed it to me for me to fix.  I did it, but I don’t know if I’ll remember how I did it because I was ‘mad’ at myself for not going to get her help the first time I made the mistake.

The reason I didn’t go earlier, the project I’m working on is for her.  To show her thanks for teaching me something I didn’t have a grandmother to teach me to do.  She didn’t see the pattern, nor did she look at the work, she just fixed the problem, had me fix it and I quickly put it away, laugh.

The moral to the post, next time you make a mistake, don’t keep doing it over and over again.  Find someone to help you correct it, and quickly, so you can move on!

Namaste!

What keeps me sane? Posted on July 12, 2012 by rvncrft72

ImageIf you would’ve asked me what kept me sane prior to August 2011, I would’ve said, “Unequivocally, yoga and running,” and in that order.

After the wreck, I was super optimistic and just knew I’d be back to running (training for my first half marathon) within a few days.  Days led to weeks, weeks led to months, and the depression sat in. After having an MRI, then surgery to remove a blown disc btwn c5/c6 which was also pinching a nerve on my left side, I realized it wouldn’t be just months, I realized it may never happen again, this after my second or third post-surgical visit.

I still hurt constantly.  The pain is super intense when I pick up, pull, or push anything over about 5 lbs.  I’ve gained weight which means the weight I’ve put on causes the arthritis to flare and the fibromyalgia to scream 24/7 as loud and as hard as it can.  The meds don’t work, they just barely subdue the pain, just enough that I can work without crying, and sometimes you can find me in my office crying because I’m hurting so badly.

I took up knitting and crocheting right after my surgery, but I can’t do it for long periods of time; otherwise, I can’t use my hands and arms due to the intense pain.

Any small stressor from work issues to home worries seems to cause the fibromyalgia to be super sensitive.  I’m fairly sure it’s because the nerve is hyper-sensitive thus making anything set off the lovely fibro.

I’ve found myself depressed here lately.  I know how to cope, I know what to do, but nothing I do seems to bring a ray of sunlight in, not the tiniest ray.

And what hurts me more, those that are supposed to know me, seem as if they don’t care, so I’m learning to cope with that as well.  Never fear, I will prevail, for I am a child of God.  The Bible states if a man (woman) touches one of His children, He will set it straight.  Therefore, a lot of people I know are due for a ‘come to Jesus meeting’.

Tired, in pain, alone and lonely…for now.

The wonderful world of granny squares Posted on August 6, 2012 by rvncrft72

ImageGranny squares are the devil. Laugh! They take forever to make and while they are beautiful, they make your hands hurt, but there’s always a special reason why you worry with making them, weaving in the yarn and joining them together.  My special reason is a special someone, my one and only niece, Lily.  Just thinking about her brings a smile to my face, and my heart leaps with joy just thinking about what she will do when she gets her binky her Tia Lissy (that’s me!) is making her.

She picked out the yarn months ago (she’s only 15 months old) but she knows what she likes and we had her with us one evening and I was pushing her down the yarn isle and she saw these colors and started jabbering uncontrollably. I said yes ma’am, those are pretty colors aren’t they, and she was reaching for them, insistant on getting them, so I handed her a skein and she held on to it, won’t let it go, so I grabbed another one and a solid pink and put it in the buggy.  She then saw another set of colors (green, pink, yellow) and wanted that one, too, so I gave it to her and put another skein in the buggy with a solid green.  Afterwards, she looked at me like, ok, I’m ready now.  So Lily picked out her first binky colors. I was afraid to make it before now because yarn sheds and I didn’t want it to get in her mouth and choke her, but I think she’s big enough now to have a real, hand-made binky for her Tia Lissy, smile.

I have to have 117 squares at 3×3, that’s 59 colored and 58 solid pink.  This should make her a binky that won’t be too big nor too small, but just right, as she is hot natured and doesn’t like a lot of cover on her when she sleeps, so the holes should provide her with enough air pockets, laugh.

I’m more excited about what her reaction will be than I am about making it, grin.  I figure I’ll have it completed by Christmas, so it will make a great Christmas present.

I’ll post about the binky once I’ve completed the squares, weaved in the yarn and start joining them.

I have to give a shout out to http://www.craftyminx.com/crochet-school/ because I used her website to re-learn the granny square.  It’s an awesome site, so go visit if you get a chance.

I also have to give a shout out to a very good friend who is an awesome cheerleader!  Thank you Belinda, I love you!

Until next time…

Namaste!