There’s been a lot going on in the world these last couple of years. And it seems that when one thing calms down something else is there to take its place! I’ve discovered that if I pay attention to other voices or focus on the craziness, it tends to be infectious. And so I turn to my crochet.

I’ve been working on a few new projects. I finished a lap size blanket / baby blanket recently. It has a lot of the yarn ends I need to weave in to finish it. But it’s one that I look at and think, “wow did I do that? It’s kind of pretty!”

I finished a shawl a couple weeks ago. I had started it in November of 2021, got about halfway through, and then set it aside to contemplate. I was writing my stitches down to make a pattern.

I picked it up again recently and decided to finish it. It looks pretty cool if I do say so myself! Lol. But, there were things about it I was not quite sure of and wanted to make it one more time to work out some kinks and make sure it was the way I wanted it to be. After that, I would give the pattern to some crochet testers to see if they could recreate my design and to make sure what I wanted to say was actually in the pattern and not just in my mind. One of the things about designing, you can skim your own work and assume someone knows something and forget to put it in the pattern!

I used almost two caron big cakes of yarn to make this shawl. But I had to take a break and work on something different, something smaller to let my mind rest. I’ll have to decide what color I want to make this when I do it again to check my own pattern instructions. This one will probably go in my Etsy store.

And then I decided to make a rectangle shawl using squares. I wanted to work on something small so I created a few patterns for squares. They can be used to crochet and put together to make a baby blanket or a larger blanket or throw. I decided I wanted to put them together and make a rectangle shawl. So that’s what I’m working on right now.

It has three different colors and put together with the white. A light yellow, a darker yellow, and the lime green. We’ll see what it looks like when it’s finished. It’s actually getting close. I need to decide what to do for my next project! Perhaps I will do the shawl again so that I can have the pattern tested and published.

Just felt like checking in today. Nothing new going on. We are well. It snowed here during the night but it will probably melt during the day and we’re supposed to be in summer by next week! It’s really been interesting weather as usual!

Hope everyone in your family is safe and sound and healthy and well! Prayers and hugs and love to all! See you next time!

About estherlou

My husband and I married in 1970. I am the mother of 2 and grandmother to 5. I share my health stories and my experiences with Thrive. I am reading and writing blogs, watching tv, making jewelry and rosaries, selling in my Etsy store and playing solitaire. I am home bound and add in my physical therapy exercises to my daily routine. I will blog about my progress or anything that catches my attention at that moment. See you around and thanks for stopping by!
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