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The hardest part about being a caregiver is never feeling as though things are well managed: I always feel as though I should be somewhere else, doing something else, and there is always something demanding my time. That sounds like life in general, but the sense of panic and failure is constant even though I am very fortunate to have a large and supportive family. One of the few times that my feeling of being overwhelmed disappear are when I take a tai chi class, pick up my current crochet project, or open a book. Learning a new tai chi move or completing a crochet project gives me a sense of peace that stays with me for some time, calming all the clutter in my brain. Reading a book takes me elsewhere for a while, which is equally as delightful. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but finding this blog and validating my guess about the value of crafting as a stress reducer and builder of self esteem has been wonderful. Many thanks.
2 years, 6 months ago on Crochet for Caregivers
@CrochetBlogger You're so right about crafting which ties us to the generations before us; whether we in my family knit, sew, quilt, crochet, or weld garden art (my cousin just began this and is doing some wonderful things), it connects us all to our roots. Crocheting has brought me a great deal of peace along with the tai chi I've also begun practicing and it's my intent to continue both as long as possible!
Your blog is fascinating, it's going to be fun to read your posts. Thanks again!
2 years, 7 months ago on Introduce Yourself Here
Wow, where to start?! I am intrigued by the title of your book and want to read it, as it resonates with me. I stumbled across your blog recently and loved your recent post about 10 Ideas That Might Be Holding You Back In Your Crochet Journey; several of those points are applicable to life in general! Most of the women in my family are very crafty, from welding garden art to knitting to making bread to gee-what-shall-I-try-next? In particular, my mom is an amazing knitter and seamstress. While we were living on the island of Cyprus years ago, a group of teachers decided to start knitting and crocheting, and I loved crocheting more than knitting. Back home in the US, I left crochet behind for years and just began it again last Christmas. I needed some way to relax after helping my mom through a rare and near-fatal reaction to chemo last summer. On New Year's Day 2012, my mom then fell ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a nerve disorder which destroys the myelin sheath on nerve endings, resulting in paralysis. Sitting next to her bed and crocheting has helped me to compartmentalize all the painful parts of this process and allows me to breathe more deeply and focus on what's right in front of me. I'm starting slowly with simple patterns, but loving the rhythm of the patterns and seeing a scarf or shawl or whatever emerge as I work.