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.

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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.

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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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