Autumn Goals!

Autumn is finally here!

As much as everyone dreads the arrival of Fall, I enjoy it! It’s the season right before everything is inundated with snowfall. Breezy again to wear a sweater, yet not to the point that you’re wearing three layers of clothes!

With the arrival of Autumn, here are three goals I want to accomplish:

My Pumpkin creation from 2013

Revive my crocheting passion
I needed to pause my crocheting last year due to a wrist injury, yet my left hand has healed to the point where I can complete a few rows a day with no pain. Now that this setback is subsided, I can now create Amigurumi (crocheted animals) once again! My end goal is to open my own Etsy shop with my creations, so I’ll see how that goes.

View from The Book Garden’s ‘First Friday’ poetry group, in Frenchtown

Attend local literary/crochet groups
My mainstay community will always by my poetry therapy group in New York City, yet it’s quiet during the autumn months, and I always have a difficult time seeking out local groups in my Central NJ town. That began to change in recent months! I became involved with a poetry group in Frenchtown, and last week I attended my first book group in Tewksbury. There’s also a regular yarn crafting group in the Flemington area for me to practice my skills! I’m so relieved that there are finally local groups in my area. Hopefully I can continue to attend.

Complete revising my draft
I have my 1st draft of a book completed (yay!), and now the painstaking process of changing things around begins. There’s always the tinkering with my main character, or the possibility of adding certain magical elements…which would change the who story around! I’ll get there…just need to get to that revising!

Happy First Day of Autumn!

August 14, 2018: Rainy Day Cures

Today was a crazy day at work, and the constant afternoon thunderstorms did not make things any smoother. I’m very thankful that music and singing keeps my toddlers occupied. It didn’t keep them distracted the entire day, but it was a great way to pass the time.

I couldn’t attend the stitch and sips meeting after work, but this will give me plenty of time to begin new projects. Now that my left hand is on a positive mend, I can begin pushing myself to create yarn products once again.

August 9, 2018: Thursday Thoughts

  • I tend to get easily distracted. I have books I would love to take on, and photos I would love to scrapbook, but when I get home I feel so exhausted. I end up watching YouTube videos, or baseball games.
  • This coming Tuesday I’m going to the next Sip and Stitch workshop. I’m very much looking forward to attending, especially since the last one was so much fun.
  • Only a week away for Andy and I to visit Wildwood. It will only be for a day, but it will fall around our engagement anniversary!

July 17, 2018: Sips and Stitches

In a few hours I’ll be heading to a crochet meetup at a brewery. I wouldn’t think that such a gathering would take place at a brewery, but I’m happy that it is. Since moving to Hunterdon County two years ago, I haven’t been able to connect with many people who have similar interests to mine, so I’m looking forward to it. I’m trying not to set high expectations for tonight, in case it doesn’t work out. If anything, I can meet some new people and have a good drink.

July 15, 2018: Thankful

Sunday mornings are usually a time for rest, having one more free day until the stress of the work week begins again. For me, some Sunday mornings bring worry, due to me overthinking issues in my life. I really need to stop doing that!

This morning brings some promise, since my left hand still feels good after crocheting yesterday. Of course the support brace I wear while working (and at night) certainly helps. I’m looking forward to crocheting again today. A few rows a day.

June 3, 2018: Stitch and Sip

I’m glad that the 4th of July break is here. I’m only away from work for the holiday, yet the time off is necessary. The neighborhood fireworks celebration was taking place tonight, and we really enjoy them every year. After work Andy and I went for a quick bite, then we headed to Lone Eagle Brewing for a drink. It’s been a couple months since we last visited, and we managed to locate a table at the upper level for a short while. I got myself a dry Irish stout. The description of the beer mentioned coffee, and I’m always up for caffeine.

As we were leaving the brewery I came across a calendar of events held throughout the summer. One of events mentioned a ‘Stitch and Sip’ event: meeting others who drink, knit and crochet. I felt super excited when I came across the listing…it’s only a couple weeks away, and it’s exciting to meet fellow yarn crafters in the area. I only hope that left wrist is feeling up to creating again. It may just be a pure social event, without yarn crafts. It would be nice for my hand to feel much better though.

June 4, 2018: One More Session

This is the last week of OT sessions. I was told that I could request more sessions, but there would be a lapse in therapy, due to wait time. I feel like my left hand has felt better than it was from when I began therapy. I’m a little nervous about therapy ended, but I can’t wait for my hand to get better. I really can’t wait to crochet again. My OT explained that my hand would still take a couple months to heal completely, and that I need to protect it. I would love so much for my left hand to finally feel better, so I can crochet again. I haven’t touched a crochet hook in almost 3 months. It will feel so blissful to create with yarn again.


May 16, 2018: Progress in OT

Just completed my 3rd week in Occupational Therapy for my left hand/wrist. On Monday the OT applied Kinesio Tape around my left wrist, and along the area where the pain exists. Since I began therapy a few weeks ago, there’s been progress, as I can complete certain tasks at work without using my brace, such as serving meals to the children. I still keep my brace on for most of the day at work, especially when I’m picking up the children. I’m considering this a positive sign that I can leave my brace off for certain portions of my work day. The Kinesio Tape is still on my wrist, since my OT said I can remove it on Friday. Unless it begins to fall off.

I really hope my left wrist heals completely, since I really miss crocheting. The last time I crocheted was back in early March. At the time the discomfort in my wrist was returning after fading for a few months. During this period in March, my job had 2 snow days in a row, so I wanted to finish my pillow for my Cozy Corner. I just finished my 1st pillow, and was working on a 2nd one, when I felt soreness in my left wrist. By the end of the day my wrist was in pain. I haven’t picked up a hook since then. I moved my crochet bag to the basement, since I didn’t want to feel sad looking at it all the time, knowing that I needed to steer clear from crocheting for the time being.

The first thing I’ll crochet, when it’s healed? Autumn animals. I know, summer hasn’t arrived yet and I’m thinking of Fall! It’s good to think ahead of seasonal themed projects, though I just hope my left wrist will withstand the activity again. Only time will tell.