Monday, November 7, 2016

Weekend Update! Staying Small...

Sometimes you just have to carry on... but attitude counts!

It's been a while since I posted a project update, and for those of you who know about my health struggles, I know you aren't surprised about the ebb and flow, because I talk about ebb and flow a lot.  No really, a lot.

Almost as much as I talk about my health.  :oP  But when something takes up the majority of your time, it's sometimes all you've got to talk about.

Since my last update, I've been x-rayed and MRI'd.  Along with everything else, I've managed to rip two large holes in my rotator cuff.  Large enough where my primary doc thinks surgery will be the only real answer.  So, I waited two weeks to get into the only shoulder surgeon in my area.... and the day before my appointment they called and postponed for another two weeks. 

I realize life happens to us all, so I do my best to be patient, but, wow, it pretty much stinks.  Besides the pain and weakness , my arm is numb, and both my husband and I are justifiably nervous about how I am going to get things done as my arthritis begins to flare at the end of my Remicade cycle - especially if they tell me I have to put that treatment on hold (it can increase the risk of infection).

So, you'll understand when I say I am staying small at the moment! 

I am still working on the Tunisian blanket for my grandson, a few more stripes and I will be ready to start the edging.

But in order to satify my need for finished items, I've been working on a variety of smaller projects ... like the BB-8 beanie addition to my free Droid Beanies pattern.

It's even been grandson approved!

I also had a lot of fun working on these fantastic gauntlets in Maleficent inspired colors. 

I used Wendy Lewis' Fervor Gauntlets pattern and it's fantastic.  I will end up making more of these... some without the extra points at the fingers.  They are easy to make,  the fabric is nicely solid, and they fit great!

My favorite Hogwarts at Ravelry challenge of the week was to order a drink at The Three Broomsticks Pub in Hogsmeade.  I went with a nice frothy butterbeer.

Which coincidentally also transforms into a cozy hat for the Michigan Veterans Foundation.

Its my free pattern The Basic Guy Hat.  You know... no frills, just comfortable.  ;o)

Last but certainly not least, making toys is one of my favorite things for many reasons.  It makes me smile just because it's a project with no other purpose than to entertain me.  It keeps my mind off my troubles while I am working on it, but also, it's just fun to be able to say "I made that!" when it's done.

More importantly, it makes other people smile, and in this case at least two other people which is a bonus in my book.

The pattern is Shaun the Sheep Plushie by Abigail Gonzalez.

So... don't be afraid to get geeky when you need a lift.  Sometimes finding the fun is also the path to finding what gets you through another day!


  1. I'm loving your stories and pictures (add one more smile to your list! 😀 Oh, the crochet tutorials and projects are outstanding! Thank you! You're in my thoughts & prayers!
    From the One who sent K-Cups, lol!

    1. Thanks so much! We've got to grab those smiles when we find them right? Hope you check out this weeks Freebie Friday... Basic Fingerless Mitts to match your Built For Speed Beanie! ;o)