Saturday, 31 October 2015

Down time..

And then everything went pear shaped!  (If you are not familiar with that saying it means things went wrong).  Mom's dementia took a turn for the worse and as she is still at home it was doubly hard.  I spent a lot of time at my parents home, and even when not there my mind was whirling... 

Again I was looking at fibre and just not feeling it.. preferring to do housework than felt.. WHAT?!  That's just wrong..

But knowing myself, I know that trying to push through and felt anyway (which is usually the best medicine for me) could be detrimental and lead to this block becoming a real issue, as it did in the summer.  SO, I needed something that would keep my hands busy and calm my mind, but be no more taxing than putting things together which pleased my eye.  I decided to crochet a thick blanket for my son.. to keep in his car and take along on adventures and camping trips and what have you.

I have a big box full of yarn.. so great I could destash at the same time!

Using three strands of yarn.. 1 aran and 2 double knit and a 10mm hook
I really enjoyed working on this.. just putting colours together, working row after row of plain double crochet.  

Infact I enjoyed it that much, and as I still had quite a bit of yarn left, I decided to do a second - this one will be for Rachael.

They're approx 4'6" x 5' really snuggly and warm.
Some of the yarn used was passed on to me by my Nan, and I
recognise some of it from childhood cardigans and jumpers :)
I'm glad to say things have settled with Mom this past week, she's on meds which seem to be helping. And so things have been better with me.. I've been at home and actually felting again :)


Teri Berry said...

Glad to hear your mum is doing better, dementia can be an awful condition and its often hardest on the carers. I'm sure you hear this a lot but please make sure you look after yourself too, as women we are far too effective at putting everyone else first. Glad to hear you are finding creative outlets, we all need some "me" time, and making is the perfect indulgence. Take care.

Lyn said...

The blankets are lovely (takes me back to my younger days - happy memories!). I find hand knitting and crochet very soothing (and you can do it sitting in the front room with other people - unlike wet felting).
I like your white witches hats. Makes a lovely change.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Sometimes you just have to work on something easy and meditative. Hope things go ok with your mom. It's the hard part, watching our parents age.

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks ladies xxx
Simple crochet does seem to soothe my mind - especially done on a big hook so I can see it grow! I'm feeling much stronger again now - and felting again too :)

Josie said...

I love the colours and it looks so warm and snuggly!