I hurt my back a few weeks ago. I get sciatica sometimes but it has been some time since I had it last… Don’t know what I did, but this is the worst I’ve ever had. It felt like I had lightning for veins and my pelvis was trying to escape! Bed bound for 2 days and I used a cane for a week. I’m not looking for sympathy, just telling it like it is.

Well, one good thing about having to sit down a lot is that I had an awful lot of time to craft! It could take my mind off the pain, and it gave my hands something to do. I like to be busy, or at least have my hands busy because it’s hard for me to sit still.

(I swear I was reading too….but I misplaced my book at some point. It’s really good too so I keep searching for it! How could I lose a book!?)

I worked on my newest shawl for a long time. I’ve had these three colors hanging out for awhile now, waiting for the right pattern. You get it. I like how it looks (and feels) crocheted and at first I tried Lost In Time (swoon) but…it wasn’t right. It’s fussy to change color every row and my heart wasn’t in it. Somewhere along my third try on that pattern I tied together all the bits of rows from other tries and then I had a randomly changing colorway, lol. Then I came across Erigeneia on Ravelry. I started with the random colorway ball, now I’m doing the orange gradient set in blocks next to the silver. The edging will be Duke City Knitter by ZiaWoolz (in Sundancer yarn).

Eregeneia

Side note: I just tie knots when I change colors. It’s much easier for me than weaving in (and forgetting some of it) tons of ends in a lacy shawl! Plus I don’t care about knots.

I hope this shawl is big enough to properly wrap up in!

That’s 1.5 skeins worth so far. The remaining ball is 2 skeins.

P.S. The project bag is hers too! Sometimes they’re on her etsy, but I find mine at The Yarn Store in Nob Hill. They’re soft and well made. She uses fun, unique fabrics!

P.P.S. for those who are wondering, I lost Destination Truth, which is kind of funny, really. I lost a book about lost creatures and places! It’s a great read, I can just hear Josh’s voice in my head.

Still here! Still stitchin’.

It’s been  long road, but I’m becoming an experienced traveler. I’m working hard at focusing on one or two projects at a time and not doing too much all the time. When I started that, it was a couple years ago, and I had over 27 knitting WIPs alone! I broke those down within a year or so, then got going with crochet and tatting. Last year I got back into reading again! Like finding an old friend. I got back into the stories I enjoy, and back into my Read-At-Least-50-Pages-or-3-Chapters-Before-Moving-On method.

I left cross stitch for last, because that (other than reading) is my longest hobby. I go through my supplies every couple months, and I have started being honest with myself about what I really want to make vs what’s pretty cool. So I gave away a bunch of kits and patterns, and now I feel like a weight has been lifted (or a schedule cleared?) so I can get into what I want to do! I blew through a lot of my Doctor Who sampler. My simple, reachable, goal is to finish it this year. If I finish other stuff? Bonus! No pressure.

This is where I left off sometime in the last 2 years:

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And where I am now:

Past the half-way mark!

I’m finally close to the bottom half!!

I had to put both my samurai and the fan girls in hibernation. I hate the starchy Aida they came with, so I’ll order some nice hand-dyed fabric later. Plus….I messed up at some point in the last 15 years with the Samurai so I need to start over anyway.

We had a wonderful 4th! The BFFs came over with watermelon, steaks, and good company. The fireworks were great; only a few were loud (like whistles and pops). The ones I can remember best are Jade Fountain and Resolution. Both were fountains and pretty quiet. (none of us really like the loud ones, my youngest especially) Dinner was delicious and we watched Jurassic World until it was dark enough to set off the sparks.

It was really nice to sit and stitch and talk with P. Found out she had never seen The Witches, so I obliged! SO much fun; that movie always has a surprise. P knows more about sewing garments than me, so she noticed a lot of fun things about the dresses. She told me about the Mouse and the Motorcycle movie that came out around the same time, that I somehow missed in my childhood…I’ll have to find that!

I’ll be honest, I still start projects, but the difference is I usually frog them and get back to my WIPs. It’s not perfect, but it’s progress in the right direction.

Bah, off the computer now! I want/need to do some thing around the house, then I can stitch away. It’s been so nice outside I can’t wait to sit under the tree and relax with this WIP.