Saturday, November 2, 2013
I unexpectedly started a new crochet project this week. My niece, the one I've mentioned more than a few times before, has a chronic health condition, and it is getting the better of her lately. She is now being treated at Mayo Clinic. It's not life-threatening. Well, left unchecked it would be life-threatening, but there are treatments to control it. Unfortunately, she's been through most of those treatment options with no long-lasting results, and now she is facing some difficult decisions. This has everyone in my family feeling sad and worried and a little depressed.
My go-to stress reliever is to make something. It makes me feel calm to work on something, and I like sending something personal and handmade to someone who is hurting or ill. I wanted to make her something I could get done quickly. Hello, crochet! This is the Sweet Scallops Shawl, pattern by Lion Brand Yarn. I am using Knit Picks Swish Worsted yarn in the color wonderland heather.
Sadly, I'm not loving how this is looking. I don't know if it's the pattern or the yarn or me, but to my eye it looks big and clumsy. I'll keep at it for a few more rows to see if it grows on me, but I may be hunting for another pattern soon. Sigh! When your stress-reducer is a stress-inducer, it's not working like it's supposed to!
The pattern is available for free here. Some lovely crocheter charted the pattern and put it on Flickr here. I am usually okay with written instructions, but the chart is so much easier to use with this pattern.