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Crocheting for a Cause

Sometimes a cause appears and you can’t not participate.  For most of the Facebook world this year it was the ALS ice bucket challenge.  For me it was Breast Cancer Awareness.

You see, a friend of mine was diagnosed earlier this year.  Seemingly out of nowhere, she was flat out one day building a new business and community, and then wham! Lumpectomy, radiotherapy, and now chemotherapy, followed by five years of medication.

Lana started a campaign to encourage women to stay on top of checking their breasts, which is something I thought I did regularly, until I stumbled across this video:

I had no idea of some of these symptoms, and holy shit, I had one of them.  Panic ensued, and I was off to the doc faster than you can spell mammogram.  I was referred quickly to have a scan and ultrasound, and after a week of extreme stress I was given the all-clear.  Thankfully I was not one of the 1 in almost 230 women my age who develop breast cancer.  But, I have to monitor my breasts very closely to make sure there are no changes.  Quite the near-miss to say the least.

But what does this have to do with crochet?  Well.  A while back, via via on Instagram, I came across a fabulous post requesting submissions for a Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness blanket, all the way home in Australia.  You see, October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the timing was perfect.

How could I not participate?  I immediately got to crocheting my square, digging around in my stash until I found the right colours, and whipped this up, based on a pattern by local designer Pukado:

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I've been struggling with my crochet mojo lately and have been searching for the right project to revive it. When I saw an #igpinkribbonblanket square pop up on my timeline a few days ago I just knew it was the medicine I needed! My friend Lana (@smart_tinker) was diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and thanks to her I was prompted to have a thorough check which led to a BIG near-miss. This project is to raise awareness, but remember: ladies don't just double tap and scroll on, CHECK YOUR GIRLS! This square is going in the post tomorrow and winging its way to Australia to join about 100 others and become a giant pink awareness blanket with @insta_yarn_folk Cool or what? Now, spread the word. #cancer #igpinkribbon #pinkribbon #breastcancer ##haken #crochetlove #yarn

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I popped it in the post, and this week I saw the latest blanket ready to be stitched together – what a beautiful, love-filled blanket!

Instagram project by @insta_yarn_folk, bringing together pink squares from all over the world, all to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.  So many wonderful people have come together to contribute, it's a beautiful cause.  #breastcancer #pinkribbon

It feels great that I could help contribute towards such a wonderful, important cause, and that somewhere in Australia, a woman in great need of comfort is going to receive this blanket and know that there are thousands of women out there supporting her.

Isn’t it amazing?

Finding my Mojo

Somewhere in January my crochet mojo just packed its bags and buggered off on holiday. No matter how hard I tried, I just could not force myself to enjoy any projects, new or old. Feelings of self-doubt plagued me for most of the month; I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to pick up a crochet hook again. Thankfully for me, January was a slow month, order wise. I only had a small backlog to work through. I suppose it was a combination of the winter blues with a bit of post Christmas burnout, I just needed some time for myself.

However, as quick as it came, it was gone! Now I’m back to feeling as enthusiastic as ever. I have a few pattern ideas swirling around and a couple of projects from my favourite designers that I can’t wait to make, including A Morning Cup if Jo’s new Giraffe pattern.

Meanwhile, even though I’d completely lost my mojo, I’ve been plugging away at the #CrochetMoodBlanket2014 project, crocheting a hexagon a day, reflecting my mood. I’ll admit to cheating a bit; I didn’t feel like crocheting a few days, so I added a “filler” colour. Here’s January’s progress:

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I love the colours I chose, they reflect my own personal tastes perfectly. I’m really a pinks and blues kind of girl. Like my mum, I think turquoise is my favourite colour.

This is the mood palette; I’ve added a few interpretations since, because my moods are way more complex than “Happy,” or “Sick,” it. Turns out. Who’d have thought…?

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I share pictures all the time on Instagram, so come join me. I’d love to see your photos too. It’s my favourite social media network, as let’s face it. I love looking at other peoples’ photos. I don’t care if we’re never likely to meet, it makes me feel as though we might… So add me here: Miss__Neriss

Here’s to longer days (and cooler weather for my Southern Hemisphere lovelies).