Often, I hear form friends admiring words about the huge amount of
needlework I do, how much I can knit, crochet or sew. And although I
know these words are genuine prise or even a bit of envy of my
possibility (free time) to follow my passion, there is a drop of sadness
hidden for me. And today I want to explain why.
Over the last weeks I have refashioned a blouse, sewed a sweater, crocheted a vest and a cardigan (I
will write about these two in the next posts, promise), and altered
clothes for my mother. And believe me, in no way am I fast in any
So, why do I have the time to do all these things besides my daily
routines? Because there are periods in my life where I have no daily
routines to speak of. And the last month was such a period. I had so
many days with headaches that it was difficult to keep up with simple
things like cleaning or doing groceries or even to enjoy our new garden.
A recent development of my migraines is, that I have less often extreme
intense migraine but therefore much more days with a constant headache
(and no, its no medication overuse). These constant headaches get worse
with painting, reading, watching or hearing something and even worse is
movement, so my answer to this is crafting. Knitting and crochet is
sometimes the only thing, which is possible, hence the huge number of
garments I produce (Not sure why I have this change, perhaps
pre-menopause??? Anybody experiences with this?) And being able to have a
finished piece of garments in my hands feels like an accomplishment to
me (although not the same as being able to teach and earn proper money).
But I did not write this to make your eyes wet, no I write this,
because in the last week I have crafted nearly nothing… because I had a
complete week without headaches.
This means a lot for me and I perhaps overdid it with other
pleasurable activities instead of chores at home ?: I went jogging two
times, made one HIT workout and was almost everyday in the garden
fighting brambles, mewing the lawn or cutting trees, I baked two breads,
some mini muffins and I read 1,5 books…. all things which are not
possible or pleasurable while having headaches.
The one thing which I nearly neglected was crafting, nearly…. ??? I
suspect I have developed a tiny addiction to knitting and crochet, so
even if I am able to also do other things, I worked some stitches in the
evening. And instead of starting something new I picked up an old
project with the honest intend to finish it.
But…. I need your help. First to the project. As always, it’s a cardigan and maybe you even remember it. The pattern is Boardwalk from Sarah Dallas.
A classic bottom up construction with set-in sleeves in stockinette.
And exactly these sleeves are the problem (and the cotton yarn which
hates me and bites me into the fingers with every stitch, which splits
and is stiff like hell). The pattern has some wordings I find tough to
understand and while starting the sleeves I again encountered one of
The pattern asks for:
Dec 1 st at each end of the next rows
Then on following alt row
Then on 6 foll 4th rows
Then foll 1 alt rows
Then on every row until 24 sts remain.
AHHHHHHHHH!!! Does ‘decrease on alternating rows’ means I should
decrease only on the knit row and not on the purl row? Then I would have
decreased unevenly on the one side of the sleeve (and the sleeve caps
are not formed differently on front and back like in sewing).
Does ‘on 6 foll…’ mean I should decrease 1 stitch at the end of every
4th row and repeat this 6 times? Then I would again only decrease on one
side of the sleeve…
Please dear #needleworkmonday community, help. Although I hope my headache free time increases, I want to get this carding done.
Besides my wallowing in self pity… how are you all? Do you plan to participate on #memademay2020? Are you still ok despite corona limitations?