Before I get into today’s post, I wanted to let you know that the Arhaus giveaway has been extended to my allow entries to my blog, so those who aren’t on Instagram can enter as well or those who entered on Instagram can have another chance to enter. Just go back to the giveaway post HERE and leave a comment letting me know which fabric you would select for your piece if you win.
It was never our intention to exclude any of my readers, so we’re glad you gave me that feedback and we could make this change.
And, speaking of giveaways, the winner of the Cozy White Cottage book giveaway is Carol (csolverud.) Congrats!
I already knew this about myself, but this whole recovery experience has taught me that I’m not great at sitting around. All in all, I have been very good at resting…getting things done when I feel energetic and climbing back in my chair to watch a movie and ice my shoulder when I don’t. But, the part of my personality that is rewarded from productivity is feeling a little squirmy. I have to restrain myself from going into cleaning & organizing mode, taking a breath and turning a blind eye to fluff on the floor and clutter on the counter. Just heal and all of that will come later. Expectations can be just a little lower temporarily and the world will still spin.
But, there is still a bit of pent up energy that needs somewhere to land. I have wanted to paint, but there is about eight weeks of distance between me and my last oil painting and I feel the memory of it fading. How did I really do that? Will I remember? Will it come back? Of course, I know I will have to kick off the rust, but I will remember. It will come back.
I’ve started to feel the desire to paint stir again. I was looking at clouds the other day and imagined how I would paint them. It was the first time in weeks that I did that and it was a little hint. I’ll be back at the easel soon.
Until then, I found a way to be productive and keep my hands busy.
We had a women’s craft night at our church last week and, I must confess that I wasn’t looking forward to it with any kind of optimism. I attended because I was in charge of decorating (just some simple fall flower arrangements) and I’m on the women’s ministry team. I figured I would sit and watch other attendees learn to paint, bead, and crochet. I decided, though, to give crocheting a try. I could hold the hook loosely in my right hand and do most of the work with my left. It was clumsy and slow going at first, but I realized that the action was gentle exercise and I was relishing in the productivity. I learned how to use the double-crochet-back-loop-only stitch to make a scarf and a hat.
It was a rich time and I’m so glad I was compelled to go.
I ended up unraveling my progress the next day, so I could start over now that I understood what I was doing. And I finished my hat!
I enjoyed the process and the outcome, so I fished some yarn out of my materials stash and made another hat.
Now, I was out of yarn, so I asked Jeff if he would take me to out to buy more.
I was drawn to all of the super-chunk yarns and quickly learned after working with them that some were just too thick and heavy for hats! I didn’t even have a crochet hook large enough for the jumbolicious cream yarn, so I had to order that online.
I started making a hat out of the chunky black yarn and I realized it would be the heaviest, thickest hat ever. Well, probably not ever, but it would stick out about 2″ from the wearer’s head when folded over. So, I started over and have the beginnings of a scarf.
My antiquing buddy, Cheri, had me over for lunch yesterday and then took me to run a few errands and one of those stops was to pick up some more hat-appropriate yarn.
I don’t know who I’m going to make all of these hats and such for, but I live in Minnesota, so I’m sure I’ll find people to give them to. Right now, it’s exercise and therapy.
I am planning to make some pillow covers with the chunky cream yarn, but we’ll see how that goes! It’s just an idea right now.
I’m one-trick-pony at the moment, but I am looking forward to learning more…not that I really needed any more hobbies! But, this one showed up at just the right time.
PS – For those asking, HERE is a link to the pattern for the hat. The scarf is made with the same stitch, but you start with a 17 chain and do the double-crochet-back-loop-only stitch until the scarf is the desired length.