I’ve been feeling like death warmed up for the past 10 days or so, struggling with some kind of throat / upper respiratory tract infection but with the help of tea tree oil, honey, salt gargles and plenty of fluids, I think I’ve finally turned the corner and am fighting back. At least my throat no longer feels as though it has been the battle ground of a thousand tiny ninjas with very sharp swords. For this, I am very grateful. I needed to turn this corner because this week I have to get on a plane (or two) and no one wants to travel in that state and, of course, no one wants to sit beside a Typhoid Mary in the confined space of an aircraft cabin either!
All this goes to say that I’m back …but that I’m not sure how much I’ll be around in the coming weeks. Contact may be intermittent. Aside from some travel, I’m heavily into winter crafts at the moment, enjoying the break away from the computer screen and being productive on something I can actually hold in my hands. Winter has always been the time for me to take on cross stitch, embroidery or crochet projects but of course in recent years I’ve assumed that had all been stymied by my illness and ensuing disabilities. Well last winter, being the stubborn person that I am, I decided to give it a go at cross stitch. Cross stitch completed, I then moved on to some embroidery …
All of that can be done with my left hand but the big challenge was whether I could still hold and use a crochet hook with my right hand. Well you know what? I can. It’s awkward, but the more I do it, the more fluid my movements become. It’s what I say to any stroke survivor – don’t be put off by medics making pronouncements over what you can and can’t do. Give it a try and with some steely determination, the brain may rewire and most things become possible again.
I’ve been making good progress with an Afghan blanket whilst I’ve been ill and what I like about crochet in particular is that much of it is about repetition so it doesn’t require too much concentration. These blocks of four ‘granny squares’ will be outlined with black. By the way, this colour scheme wouldn’t necessarily have been my first choice but if I tell you that I bought one ball of every colour available in the shop here you’ll appreciate that this really is like living in the Land Beyond Beyond (clearly people don’t knit and crochet here any more).
I’ve also just discovered ‘Amigurumi‘ crochet and would love to give that a go. Anyone tried it??
With my quirky sense of humour, I fell in love with the characters in a pattern book called ‘Creepy, Cute Crochet’ by Christen Haden so I think I may move away from the happy monotony of oodles of granny squares to make my daughter the ‘Corporate Zombie’ she recently requested (although I’ll clearly have to buy the wool while I’m away)! Basically, I’m on a roll here.
Does anyone else get all seasonally crafty?
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Corporate Zombie photo is from Christen Haden’s book, Creepy Cute Crochet. Other photos are my own.