I don’t seem to have completed nearly as many projects as I hoped to this year, not least because of time constraints that have sucked my crochet time away and left me grateful if I manage a single row or block in the tail end of an evening. It’s annoying, especially since it is robbing my Instagram feed of pretty things to share!
Reluctantly I’m cancelling my Simply Crochet sub today; I don’t have time to read it or make from it anyway and it has gone off the boil lately, half the patterns that there used to be per issue and nothing like as inspiring. Sad, but there it is. Still, I’ve got lots of back copies to work through and plenty of freebies (all of them!) to do when I’m old and have time.
Issue 7 has been the one I’ve used the most – I’m making a bag from it now, I’ve made coasters and I have my eye on a couple of other projects yet. One of them is a mandala, designed by the beautifully talented and devastatingly lost to us Wink: A Creative Being. Her death, a brutal toll extracted yet again on the fabric of humanity by mental ill-health, came at a particularly difficult time in my own battle with the same thing. It was a shock, as it was to so much of the creative community, because talented people ought to be exempt from black clouds and emptiness. And they aren’t.
At the time I was making another of her mandalas for someone I love – another creative person – who was having a tough time. So I finished it, full of love for one and admiration for another, and sent it off to hopefully bring a smile somewhere.
Strikes me we could all do that kind of thing a little more often. Knowing someone is thinking of you can make such a difference.