Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Weekend Update - Sometimes Life Sucks

In December I touched on how my health affects my crafting... knowing that winter is the hardest season for me with my psoriatic arthritis.  It's also important to note how crafting affects my health!  Sometimes it's all I can do to sit in my chair and crochet.  Sometimes it's all my body can handle.  Sometimes its all my brain can handle.  Sometimes neither can handle it and the next morning I frog (riiiiiiippit) all the mistakes I made the night before.

Sometimes crochet is my life line.  It gives me something to focus on outside of my pain.  It gives me a creative outlet for my emotions as well as my time and energy.  It can even be my lifeline to reach out to others via working on projects for them or with them (like my Ravelry friends).

The last few months have been filled with ups and downs health wise, pain wise, crochet wise.  But the weather is getting warmer and my meds are kicking in... so here we go again! 

I've been getting hooked on crafty podcasts.  Do you listen in?  The only thing I've noticed is that I am a square peg trying to find a round hole.  LOL  They either focus on knitting, or socks, or fun indie yarns I can't use due to allergies... so you know what I'm thinking.  Is there anyone else out there who wants to chat about wool-free yarn and crochet?  Maybe it should be me?  What do you think?  let me know! 

You can find all of my projects in my Ravelry page, but here are some of my favorites:

Bridal Shrug - in Knit Picks Curio #10 crochet thread (also my favorite for parasols)
Hotel of Bees - in Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, Lemonade/Silverstone
Going to Fall - in handspun Sheepy Shells by Blaine Fleece and Fiber, Indian Corn
Stained Glass Snowflake - in Caron Simply Soft, black and remnants
Lady Cordelia's Carpet Bag of Tragical Surprise - in I Love This Yarn remnants, knit charts from Anna Zilboorg's 45 Fine and Fanciful Hats to Knit
Outlander - in Handmaiden Sea Silk
Buckland Farewell - in Cascade Yarns Sun Seeker Multi, 121
Gryffindor hat and scarf - in I Love This Yarn
Hufflepuff hat and scarf - in I Love This Yarn
Hufflepuff Plaid - Berroco Modern Cotton  DK
Hufflepuff Parasol - Knit Picks Curio, Cornmeal/Ash
Taffeta laceweight - Wool free blend batts from Blaine Fleece and Fiber
Oops! Bamboo - Supernatural Yarns
Atlanticus CAL in rouge and violette - Premier Sweet Roll in  Wild Cherry/Cherry and Baby Bee Sweet Delight in purples.  See the Hooked on Sunshine CAL
Entwined Helix - in Expression Fiber Arts pearlescent silk, Mermaid Tail.

ETA: Here's where to find that tutorial on parasol assembly!