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May May be Productive?

Beginning of a new pattern.

I have several things on my needles and my hook to be finished in May!

Therefore I am hoping that May is a productive month. I was not sitting around in April. However I had a couple road trips which slowed down my production line a bit!

I talk more about some of it in this video 😊

https://youtu.be/EVXePoGJFuk

I have another new pattern coming out with a collaboration, and I am so excited! But I can’t say more until the pattern is back from testers!

Collaboration with PawPlyYarn!

I am also working on some fantastic new tutorials for my YouTube channel and I can’t wait to see how they are received 😆

What are your plans for May?

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Trade Days

Laela Martin of “The Stamping Ground”

I managed to get out and go to a local Trade Days event last week! It was almost completely outside, and despite being a bit windy and chilly, well attended.

I went specifically to see a friend of mine who lives close to me and is a fellow crafter! Her name is Laela, and she makes the most beautiful handmade cards! She is also a crocheter, and nomad crafter like me!

We had a great visit. I brought home a few of her cards too! I will show them in another video. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy my little clip of her beautiful work.

Have fun today!

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PRESENTING: My New Pattern! The Willow Arches Shawl ❣️

https://fiberflooziecrafts.com/product/willow-arches-shawl-pattern/

I am so excited to bring you my first design! This is my Willow Arches Shawl. I came up with this design after using one of these stitch patterns in my Be “Squared” Crochet A Long.

I made mine using Willow Yarns Denim Grace, a medium 4 weight acrylic wool blend. This is a lovely yarn to work with and worked up beautifully!

https://www.willowyarns.com/product/willow+yarns%26%238482-+denim+grace+yarn.do

This is an advanced beginner pattern. I have tutorials for both left and right hand on my YouTube channel.

https://youtu.be/5JXZkEY07aA Right

https://youtu.be/Yk0j7nbtlNM Left

This has been such a fun process! With getting the feedback from the testers to seeing their photos of their shawls, to filming the tutorials!

I hope you enjoy it! ❤️

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Baby It’s Cold And Let’s Catch Up!!

Well it’s been a hot minute since I posted. However I am not letting the grass grow under my feet over here! Haha!

I finished two hats….

Custom order #1.
Custom order #2.

I finished this cowl and am working on a tutorial for it.

The yarn for the cowl is a lovely cotton from Made In America Yarns. One of their lines called Florafil. It’s so light and fluffy for a bulky cotton! Love it.

The Be “Squared “ CAL is gaining speed! We have 11 squares under our belt now!

And here’s a sneak peak at my first go at designing a shawl!

It should be going out to testers soon! So exciting!!

Stay warm everyone! Spring is coming 😊

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Silly Duke!

It’s cloudy and misty again today in Texas. Duke and I traipsed off on our walk anyway. He found himself in a predicament! Caught in the netting off the hay bales! He is so silly sometimes 😂🤣😂

Help Mom it’s got me!
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New Start!

I managed to get a commissioned item last week! (Thanks to my daughter.) ❤️

Trying to get this hat done quickly, as it is a birthday surprise. However I am filming this as a tutorial, so be on the lookout for a video soon!

Have a great week everyone ❤️

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Patreon Launch!

After lots and lots of preparation, I have finally launched my own Patreon platform!

For as little as $1 a month you can become a patron; where you will get connected to

some really great posts, videos, tutorials, chats, and giveaways. These are things that

will not be seen on my regular YouTube channel, but will be PATRON only benefits!

Here is an intro video that will help explain what it’s all about.

I cannot wait to share with you some of the great things I will be doing. This is a great opportunity to connect with

you on a more one on one level!

Again here is the link to the Patreon page:

https://www.patreon.com/creator-home

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Fibromyalgia and a new way of eating.

So recently on a trip to Colorado to help my Dad, I got sick. I am always tired and have limited energy. Of course I know that being in my mid fifties is totally part of that!

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia shortly after I returned to work, after my oldest daughter was born. Now there was not a lot of research back then. Mostly we were all told it was in our head.

Dad had a procedure on a Friday and I was in the emergency room by that Saturday. Of course because it all started with high fever, tightness in my chest and uncontrollable shakes, I was a Covid risk. I was given a thorough work over with chest X-ray and c t scan and blood work and the dreaded stick up my nose to my brain. Thankfully negative !

Some of the blood work though got me thinking it’s time to lose some weight gained after quitting smoking, and being home after retiring from the beauty shop.

I met a lady in Joann’s who had a sweet little service dog with her. We stroke up a conversation about how one obtains a service dog and what qualifies. She mentioned fibromyalgia. Well, I thought I knew quite a bit about it. However there has been a great deal more research done. There is now a test which is quite expensive. Dolores, the lady in Joann’s, mentioned a book. I ordered it from Amazon and it was waiting for me when I got home.

WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT (TM): FIBROMYALGIA: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse the Disease https://smile.amazon.com/dp/153871325X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wuUPFb793B1RG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

That’s the book.

I have started the protocol set out by this doctor. It has been a difficult week, with severe headaches and nausea and vomiting. I believe the worst was from coming off of caffeine and sugar. I am feeling better today and am getting the hang of how to cook differently.

Spinach and feta omelette with avocado and strawberries.
Beef stroganoff and salad with creamy homemade dressing.

I am struggling to get in enough water. And have to remember to eat several times a day to satisfy my blood sugar. But I have already lost 8 pounds! So not a bad start 🙂

I will have more about my journey. And I welcome any others who are fibro-warriors to leave me a comment and let me know what works for you!

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Reconstructing Patterns

So I had a great visit with the neighbor while visiting my Dad here in Colorado. She is so good to him by always sending over treats and cooked meals.

I know she is a crafter but this is the first time we have gotten to sit and work on something.

She has a blanket her grandmother made all the kids for their weddings. She is wanting to make one for her daughter as well. Of course, it is a vintage pattern.

So we got started with her reading the stitches she saw in the finished piece, and me trying to reproduce it.

Turns out we did a really good job! She found the closet pattern to it online and is now making some as well!

The closet pattern we could find is a Vintage Rose Afghan by McCalls circa 1978 or so.

I plan to do one of these as well, when my wip pile and Christmas projects are done!