Sunday, March 6, 2016

It's been a dizzying week...

This past week didn't see much crocheting as I suffered a vertigo attack on Monday afternoon and it took me out of commission for several days.  I don't get vertigo very often (it's been nearly a year since I had the last attack), but boy...when it hits me, it hits hard.   Finally on Wednesday night I was able to see straight enough to do a little crocheting.  The key word there is 'little".  And I guess it could be said... what I didn't accomplish in productivity, I may have made up for in cuteness.  ;^)

Actually,  on Sunday evening, before dizzying disaster struck, I made this little guy as part of a CAL on Ravelry:
He was as much fun to photograph as he was to crochet.  He took about an hour to create, and he's made me smile ever since.

And then later in the week, after the dizzies dissipated, I made this little guy (I've dubbed Harry) for a Quick & Easy CAL I'm hosting today on Ravelry:


While he's cute as can be with all those pins stuck in him, he'll actually reside in my crochet basket with a couple of big-eyed needles and a few stitch markers stuck in his yarny backside.  I've been needing a little pin cushion for these things and Harry the Hedgehog fits the bill perfectly.  I say "little", but Harry measures 3 1/2 inches from nose to rump, and almost 8 inches in circumference.  Small enough to fit in the palm of my hand, but not tiny.

And then near the end of the week I began a lightweight blanket I've been itching to start - picturing it draped over my living room couch this spring:


I can tell this is a color that's going to be difficult to photograph accurately and it will probably look different every time I show it, but this picture is pretty close - it's a pale greenish blue color.   It's called Sea Blue and it's Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn.  Years ago I made a blanket with this brand of yarn and while I was happy enough with it, I've been cautious about using it ever since because it produces a very drapey (could say limp) fabric - not what I'm usually going for in a blanket.  But this color was perfect so I decided to give ILTY another go in a big project.   While it's (again) producing a very drapey fabric, it's wonderfully soft and actually works well for this pattern, color and purpose: a light spring-weight blanket.  It's a bit like crocheting a cloud!  ;^)  

While it's been about the least productive week I've had since...well, I don't know when, none of that matters now.  I'm just so joyful to be free of the dizzies.  It fills me with wonder to find myself thankful for something so simple as to be able to walk without holding the wall.   I flit back and forth from feeling a bit silly at how deliriously happy I can be over something so simple, and sobered at how much I take for granted - like walking and being able to see straight.  It is good to feel good.

Looking forward with fresh eyes to the advent of spring and new life blooming again! 






11 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear you are over your dizzies and it's always the simple things that we miss most and are thankful for and rightly so, nothing at all to feel silly about! Now onto those two cuties, I didn't think you could have gotten cutier than the octopus and then you whip out Harry the Hedgehog and that's it you did get cutier. I love hedgehogs, they are by far my most preferred animal so I just think he's perfect! Love the Sea green blue your using for the blanket, don't you just hate when you've a colour than never wants to photograph true to its colour!

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    1. Glad you like my little animal creations, Ruth. ;^)

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  2. I am so glad your vertigo has left you. Your octopus is really cute but Harry wins my heart. I could just see him in everyones craft basket making us all smile. The blanket is so pretty. I have used ILTY for many blankets and haven't had the drapey problem. I do love the softness of the yarn and it holds up very well through washings.

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    1. This is good to know, Marsha. It's been a long time since I've used the blanket I made before with this yarn and I'm realizing I don't really how it behaved. I just know it was very soft. It was an autumn afghan - I'll need to pull it out again this year.

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  3. The vertigo sounds just awful! It's amazing you were able to do any crafting at all!

    Both the octopus and the hedgehog are adorable. But never mind what the other say, I'll side with the sea creature over the land animal any day!

    Love the colour for the new blanket. Looks similar to the colour I used for the blanket I just bound off. And you're right - very hard to photograph that colour!

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    1. Vertigo is truly awful. I didn't do anything for two whole days - and I mean nothing - so when the dizzies lifted I was desperate for something to do. Crochet was easy (and safe) since I could just sit and look in one direction while I created. ;^)

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  4. oh, that would be really difficult! glad you are feeling better! those animals are super cute. that blanket is going to be lovely!

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  5. Hope you are feeling fully recovered. Your octopus and hedgehog are gorgeous and the blanket looks lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Lucy. For the most part I am fully recovered. There has been a bit of a lingering nausea and some tiredness, but life is so much better. I'm driving and could get myself to the craft store to get more yarn to finish another project I've picked back up. ;^)

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  6. The vertigo sounds awful. I'm glad to know you are feeling better. The little animals are absolutely adorable. I made my niece a hedgehog for Christmas. I'm thinking she needs an octopus. Hope the dizzies stay away!

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