Sunday, 25 May 2014

Live Well: Make It Easy

Life with a chronic illness is hard enough without making it harder than it has to be.

Why struggle when there might be an easier way?  When there are ways to make life easier, less energy is spent on struggle and more energy is available to enjoy the good things in life. 

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2014: 6 - Views of Others, Views of Yourself #5KCBWDAY6

I am rapidly falling behind in the Knitting & Crochet Blog Week posts but I would rather wait and give each topic my full attention when I am able than to post a quick hurried line for the sake on being 'on time'.  Thank you for bearing with me while 'life got in the way'.  I hope you find these reflections interesting, useful and thought-provoking.  If you have any extra thoughts to add, please do by leaving a comment or sending an email to

Long post warning: I have at least four knitting and crochet heroes because I couldn't settle on just one!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Live Well: Organise Support

This is the third of seven strategies to 'live well even if you can't get well'.

No one can make it alone in this world.  We are social creatures - we need each other.  All the successful people in the world would not be where they are if it were not for support from others.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2014: 5 - Something a Bit Different #5KCBWDAY5

Sounding Off

Today's challenge is to blog in a way different to how I'd normally blog. 
I like the idea of a podcast or adding sound to my blog post in some way.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2014: 4 - Conversations Between Workers #5KCBWDAY4

I love my special craft basket. It lives at the end of my bed and keeps my crochet projects and tools in order but I have detected some discontent amongst its occupants...

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2014: 3 - Experimental Photography & Image Handling #5KCBWDAY3

This was always going to be a challenging topic for me.  My blog is relatively young and I am still trying to come to grips with the camera, let alone the fancy image processing on the computer. My focus (pardon the pun) in this post is to reflect on my learning and share my discoveries.  I've realised that I have 3 major challenges to overcome.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2014: 2 - Dating Profile #5KCBWDAY2

I couldn't decide which project to make the subject of a dating profile so here's a whole column for you with some familiar faces and newbies.  I am sure there will be more respondents and advertisers later in the week.

Stitches Seeking Stitches
where crocheted characters hook up

Monday, 12 May 2014

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2014: 1 - A Day in the Life #5KCBWDAY1

Today is the first day of 2014's Knitting & Crochet Blog Week facilitated by Eskimimimakes and the task for today is to "describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making."

Live Well: Manage Illness

My first strategy to ‘live well, even if you can’t get well’ is to ‘maintain the highest level of physical wellbeing that the condition allows’.  

Part of that is to manage my illness and physical condition to the best of my ability. 

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Access All Areas: off my trolley!

"Off one's trolley": [colloquial] crazy; mad; insane.

The following scenario makes me mad with anger and frustration. Can you see why?

Shopping centre car park with trolleys stacked up in the car parking area.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Quick Gifts in April

Need a gift in a hurry? Can't get out to the gift shops?  

If you have a crochet hook and some 4 or 8 ply cotton, 
you can make these little trinket bowls in one afternoon.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Live Well: Be At Your Best

This post details the first item on my list of strategies to ‘live well, even if you can’t get well’.

Maintain the highest level of physical wellbeing
 that your condition allows.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

May Update 2014

May is going to be a busy month for me in crochet, blogging and personal life.

This year's 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week runs from May 12-18. I have updated my previous post on the subject with all the latest information and links about the topics and post tags for this year's event.  In this way I have all the links in one post for quick reference.