The Best Laid Patterns

It’s been a painful few days for me, the worst continuous pain I’ve ever had, in fact. And I have been hit by a car, had two punctured lungs (each a different occasion) given birth, been paralyzed and taught myself to walk again, and had a ton of horrendous kidney stones. Still, this nasty present experience takes the cake. I am recovering from adhesive capsulitis, or “frozen shoulder”. I thought it hurt before my surgery, but it’s far worse after, during the physical therapy stage. It’s slowed down my crochet work quite a bit. In fact, it’s probably a bad idea for me to be crocheting at all, but it’s the only thing that can keep my mind off the pain. The pain killers certainly can’t. I can’t eat. I forget to drink. I don’t sleep. But I can crochet.

I believe God uses our talents to heal us and heal the world around us. So, even as I suffer, I have this crazy idea that in my artwork, I will find God and there will be a purpose for all of this. I know that, at the end of this dark tunnel, there will be peace and I will have fresh patterns and lessons to share with others who might also need a distraction from their version of pain. So, when my pain is at it’s worst, I pick up hook and skein and get to work.

I started this recovery with this pattern, a pattern I created last year. I’ve  used in several different garments and blankets, and I thought it would work well with a beautiful cornflower silk I had in my studio stash. I will have a whole series of patterns with this stitch–hopefully–by winter.


It is so beautiful, it uses one of those stitches and one of those yarns that make you excited to wear the end product. You can picture it warming you in all seasons. I can imagine other people wanting to download the pattern. I see myself assisting others in making this stunning project at home, just for the joy of it. I work as quickly as my body will allow, to finish this wrap and share it with you all.

And then I realized that the yarn I never measured for size (because I’m not as organized when my brain is fuzzy) has been discontinued. I know better than to try and measure it. High quality yarns have fickle, particular, dye lots. What’s done is done. So, I took it apart and tried combining it with a cheap navy yarn. If you knit or crochet, I don’t have to tell you why this is a stupid idea. The end product looked like the kind of bulky, old granny crochet that makes 8th graders everywhere swear never to pick up needle arts. So, I looked through my studio for another complimentary color, that would add just enough challenge to this dreamy blue. Ever the writer, I believe in a good conflict, even in yarn colors. I believe strongly in making something of scraps, too. Yarn is not cheap, and I don’t like to waste things. So, I came up with this, a mixture of what’s left of the cornflower and a sea green color.




We’ll see where this goes. It’s the same patter, and it doesn’t, at this point, seem to have the same elegance as the straight blue version. But I have great plans, and I can’t wait to share them with you all. I believe consistency and faith are the main ingredients of success. Cheers to the best laid patterns. May you have a rich week of blessings, my friends.





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