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Knitting Equals Pleasure, Despite ME/CFS

Discussion in 'Phoenix Rising Articles' started by Jody, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    This is the Pumpkin Layette I knitted for my daughter Sarah's baby-to-be.
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    TheBabe-hat-scarf-sweater.jpg pumpkin-sweater-sarah.jpg pumpkin-hat-sarah.jpg TheBabe-blanket.jpg
     
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    Looks like I posted one of the photos twice. I'd do it over again but I already did that twice:) and I'm not ready to go through that again.:)
     
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    I didn't say I painted well. :rofl:;):rofl:

    I'm glad to hear the unraveling wasn't a sad thing for you! As a child, I spent many evenings winding balls of yarn with my mother as she reclaimed unused projects - funny how I disliked it then, but it's a fond memory now!
     
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    I didn't say I knitted well, either.:)

    And that was definitely not the last time I've unravelled a project. Did some last night as a matter of fact.:) One of the great things about knitting is it's so forgiving. If you mess up a sewing project you might have to get more fabric or live with one sleeve shorter than the other. But with knitting, you just rip out the offending stitches and do it again ... as many times as it takes.
     
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    After seeing your pumpkin layette, I beg to differ!
     
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    Well, thanks. I have ended up with some pretty strange looking things on occasion. And I just rip out the stitches and start over.:)
     
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    Here are a couple of pictures of the shawl I made for Sarah. It's not a true chakra shawl since I ran out of dark blue and used some navy instead. The colours in the photos aren't quite right. The colour under the red section is actually orange but it looks a funny pink here. And the green looks almost navy in that light.

    I'm happy with it anyway.:)

    jody and chakra shawl-phoenixrising.jpg jody and chakra shawl-PR.jpg
     
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    Jody...great article! sounds exactly like what I have been through. I too, took up knitting and crocheting for a while. You should try selling on etsy...I love some of the leg warmers/boot socks they have, as well as the fingerless gloves and gorgeous scarves - so many possibilities.

    I was so slow with the knitting, that i preferred sewing. I would make baby dresses and send them to people online with babies...this became an obsession and now i have a large chest full of baby themed cotton fabric I no longer use lol.

    These hobbies saved my life...distracted me at a time when the agony was unbearable. Also, they gave me something to look forward to when there was nothing but despair. After so many years of being unproductive, it felt good to make something!

    xoxo
     
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    It really is a BIG positive to feel like you accomplished something - isn't it? I too find that it makes me feel like I am accomplishing something when there is a such a big list of what I can't do... I love being able to 'do' something.

    When I can't do much - knitting a super-simple hat is my go-to project. All my family has more hats than they need... so now I make them for charity.
     
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    That's an awesome shawl. Something like that would take me a year to knit lol

    The baby clothes are ADORABLE!! I LOVE the color choices
     
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    here are a few things i made ..very easy stuff...followed patterns
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  12. Jody

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    Daffodil,

    I wish I could sew. Maybe some day, but for now I'm just not good at it.

    I'd be interested in selling on etsy. Anything I should know?
     
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    Thanks Daffodil.:)
     
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    I used to sew, esp. when my kids were younger. I made my daughter a couple of the original American Girl dresses, e.g. But now I don't have the energy to even cut anything out, and I make too many mistakes. Really hoping I can do it again sometime.
     
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    Such lovely things!
    I, too, used to sew quite a bit, and made a few American Girl dresses! Those were the days. I miss sewing dearly.

    The last things I sewed were quilts for my daughters. Looking back, I was sooooo sick - I would work on a quilt for a bit, making many mistakes and becoming so dizzy I would vomit, then end up in bed a few days before trying again. I had NO idea just how sick I was or how much sicker I would become. But I am thankful that if I had to have final projects, they were something lasting for my children.

    I hope someday we are all sewing like crazy again, in between our many other delightful endeavors!
     
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    I've never been very good at sewing (me and straight lines have never been in the same place). But part of what I like about knitting is that if I mess up completely, it's pretty easy to rip everything out and start all over... as opposed to sewing, once fabric is cut it can't become uncut.
     
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    We don't need need to talk about those things . . . or we can decide the fabric worked better as a quilt or doll clothes.
     
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    Hi Irene. Thanks! I never got to have kids and I adore babies, so I think that's why I was so drawn to making baby clothes...kind of sad really lol ..I ended up making a ton of stuff but don't have any pictures. You can always make blankets now and save them for when your daughter has babies!
     
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