Quilting, stitching, crocheting


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Crocheting ..... and a life shared

In the past year there have been periods of time that I have been physically unable to sit at the machine and sew.  Rather than allow myself to get frustrated and depressed ... as is quite easy for me to do ...... I picked up an old past time of mine ... Crocheting.

At first it bothered my hands a lot but then I found these new ergonomic hooks.  There are a few different kinds, so I tried a few till I found one that worked best for me.... it is flat with a small cushioned area in just the right spot.  Now I crochet away.  There was also another problem .... because of some of the very strong medicine I was on; it was difficult for to fully concentrate to follow the directions.  My husband and I had many a good laugh over some of my strange creations.  But I happily crocheted odd shaped scarves and hats for friends and family.... who very politely thanked me for the "lovely" creation.

Then I found a charity that was looking for people to make 8 inch squares either knitted or crocheted.  A SQUARE !!!!!  I can do that !!!  Yippee!!! So I made about 100 squares for the orphanages in Rwanda and other places in Africa. No directions to follow and it was good strengthening exercise for  my fine motor skills.  It kept my wandering spaced out drugged mind occupied. AND the square was actually useful to someone in this world.  I was happy.

As time went by and the drugs lessened I was able to do more with the crocheting and made a Granny Square blanket.  A very basic design but a major accomplishment for me.  The picture below is my blanket:

I found a pretty throw made with hexagons in a granny-square-type pattern. I still had trouble following the instructions but when I could not figure it out, I just made up my own pattern.  It all worked except when I made 7 sided motifs instead of 6 ... :-).  Below is that blanket ....

The tedious part is weaving all the hanging strains back into the pattern.  You can see there are plenty to do via the next picture .....

On my last post I mentioned that we are eagerly awaiting the birth of my niece's (Jenica) second baby, a little girl named Aubrey.  It is a happy/sad time for all of us because in April my sister & Jenica's mother, Melinda died very unexpectedly and quickly.  

She was at Pilates and started feeling short of breath.  By the time the paramedics got her to the hospital she was comatose and expired the next day.  She had a massive brain hemorrhage.  A very tragic event for all of us but we are getting thru. It is hardest, of course, for my niece. She is an only child herself and her second child is her first little girl.

There were no goodbyes but my sister was a registered organ donor. About 3 weeks after her death we received a letter from the Life Sharing Group that her donation had help over 60 people with organs and tissue donation.  That meant a lot to all of us.

 Melinda  L. Moore

Melinda and her daughter, Jenica

Melinda and grandson, Brody

Thank you for stopping by and reading the blog. I would love to hear from you if you would like to leave a note.  Thank you and God Bless.     Joanne

PS I will post pictures when Aubrey arrives !!!!


  1. Hi Joanne!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the hexagon afghan! It is beautiful! You have been crocheting your figures to the bone with both afghans!~ It sure is a good way to stay busy while you are resting~

    I am still so sad about Melinda~ Very nice pictures. I love the one with her a Brody the best~ It is a precious picture for Brody to always keep!

    I sure hope you get to feeling better real soon~~and can get back to your sewing~ :)

    Much love ♥♥♥

  2. Glad you are feeling better and creating such beautiful crochet. So sorry to hear about Melinda's death. Hope all is well with the baby's arrival.

  3. Oh I love both blankets you have made! The hexies are really gorgeous! I'm also working on my first blanket and weaving all the tails is going to frustrate me! Thank you for your kind words on it.
    I'm sorry to hear about your sister's passing away. My Dad also had a stroke last year and still on the way of recovery, so I can understand how rough your family have been through.
    Many blessings to you and your family.
    Best wishes, LS

  4. Hi Joanne. just came back by to anwer your question you left on my blog. I am so glad that you can follow what I show or write on my blog........as for my book, I am in writer's limbo, waiting word from a publishing house. This takes so long.........hopefully, they will like it and publish it. While I wait, I am designing and writing my second book.........to again, wait in limbo. I will let you know when it does get accepted. Thank you for asking. blessings,Kathleen


Thank you for your message