Oh hai blog! It’s been a long time. Life gets in the way. Business is going well. Home life as work in progress as ever. I’ve come a long way in therapy. A new psychiatrist and a new therapist have helped me get out of the valley of depression. I have gotten better at heading off anxiety attacks, too. Xanax is still part of the equation but less so during the day.
My new scheme is a lot of crochet with Zynga games on deck. Boy howdy, do I mean a lot of crochet.
I have baby hats, baby blankets, kids hats, phone pockets, Nook pockets, blankets that are weird shapes, and purses that need to be finished. It’s busy work to the nth degree. I have to modify my hooking (hee hee, hooking) method to accommodate my arthritic hands. I have found the overhand way to work best. I should make a video of how I yarn over and such, it’s totally off the grid. it doesn’t matter because I can make stuff.
I have found that I am more sensitive to textures that I thought. I have had to ditch several skeins of yarn because the simply didn’t feel right. Red Heart Super Saver makes my skin crawl. Bernat Softee Chunky is comforting. Cascade Yarn‘s Pacific superwash merino is sublime.
Crochet is a good balance of design and linear thinking. There are many stitches, patterns and colors to choose from but they heed to be done a specific way to accomplish the desired object. I think it’s also good to have no electronic hobbies. I was knitting this winter. I just can’t get into a steady rhythm or feel a sense of accomplishment with needles.
This week I perfected two advanced stitches (foundation single crochet and foundation double crochet) and crocheting a tube. It’s as exciting as you’re thinking. I don’t need any additional excitement in my life right now. I need a pick-up-and-go craft to take my mind off life for a while.