Crochet · Crohn's · Etsy · KonMari · made by Lisa Dean

If Not Now, Then When

Well, it’s been a very long time since I’ve blogged anything and as the magnet I recently purchased says “If not now, then when?”  So here I go.

Where things stand right now.  I’m working full time on an overnight schedule.  I had surgery in June with regards to my Crohn’s and Colitis.  (I’ll write more about that under my Crohn’s label later)  For the first time in a very long time I’m not in any physical pain and I can eat without hurting.  And, I don’t have to worry about leaving the house without knowing the location of every restroom within a 5 mile radius of where I’m going.  That, in and of itself, has given me back a level of freedom that I had lost.

Anyway, maybe it’s the influx of nutrients combined with being able to think about something other than pain or what I can’t eat, but my creative side is surging to the forefront.  So I’ve started working on my crafting again.  My long dreamed of goal of selling my crafts is being worked on as well.  I’ve had an Etsy shop for a few years now and have never pushed the button to start selling.  Well, now I’m beginning to look at what items I want to make and sell.  My goal is to get something, even if it’s only 5 items, listed by the end of October.  That’s putting a deadline on things and it’s a little scary, but “If not now, then when?”

In the meantime I’ve been working on cleaning out my home.  And I mean cleaning it out.  I’m reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo and it has really made a difference in how I look at things.  I will admit I haven’t followed it from step one because I had to jump ahead to make room for some things I needed immediately (like a new desk so I Konmari’d my desk)  I really recommend this book for anyone who wants to get rid of clutter.  I’ve read a lot on how to deal with it and this is the first time something has really hit home.

Anyway, for an instant progress report, I’ve started working on the Leisure Arts “63 Easy-To-Crochet Pattern Stitches” afghan.  I’ve realized that when I make something (anything) I usually end up giving it away.  I’ve kept a few dish cloths and a scarf.  I have no quilts, no afghans, nothing of real substance for myself so I decided to make this one for me.

I purchased this booklet years ago and even worked out a color scheme and chose the yarn.  Went back to order the yarn and discovered they don’t make those colors in that brand any more.  That’s how long it’s been!  So I sat down and worked out the colors in a different line of yarn, bought them as a birthday present to me and I’ve made two of the squares.  Here they are:

Square One – Single Crochet

Square 26 – Simple Shell Stitch

The pattern uses three colors, for some reason I chose four.  I’m using Red Heart Comfort yarn in Bambi, Lavender, Mint and Off White.  You’ll notice I’m not necessarily doing them in numeric order.  I started with square one because it helped me work out the gauge.  Then I started with the first square in the Bambi print, which is 26 on the layout.  I’ll work on them in between items I’m making for my Etsy shop.  MY ETSY SHOP.  MY ETSY SHOP.  MY ETSY SHOP.  I have to keep saying that to myself.  I have actually had a logo designed (you can see it in the banner) and I’m moving forward.

Because if not now, then when?  Hopefully you’ll follow along on my roaming through the creative peaks and valleys of my mind.  Lots of things stuck in there that need to see the light of day.

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