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Lily’s Rainbow of Auntie Love by Tia Lissy (copyright)

Ok, as promised, here’s the crocheted scarf I made Lily.  (Sorry, I don’t remember who wrote the pattern, I’ll look it up and edit the post when I can.)

She loved it, as usual!  My brother said she wore it and the other scarf I knitted her to church that same evening.  She screamed when they tried to take one or the other away, so they left her alone and she wore the all through church.

 

 

 

 

And her is Lily with it on…geez I love my niece!

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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!