Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Busy Hands

In the summer of 2004 a dear friend taught me how to crochet. What a gift that was to me! Only a few months later I was forced to quit work due to declining strength and energy levels. The newly learned skill of crocheting allowed me to keep my hands busy while resting in my recliner every day.

I enjoy staying as busy as my body allows. Currently I have to spend about 18 hours a day in bed, which can become very boring. I like to have things to occupy my hands and mind when I need to be in bed but don't need to be sleeping. If I have enough energy and strength in my arms, you can be assured that my hands are busy!

My big project last year was a baby blanket for my adorable nephew. I used this pattern, and I modified the colors and buttons to coordinate with nursery decorations.








What projects have you been working on?  Please share in the comments!  If you have a blog post about your project, feel free to share a link.  Projects can include crafts, writing, cleaning, cooking, or whatever else keeps your hands busy!



9 comments:

Tonya said...

Great job, Rachel! I haven't crocheted in a while. I've been doodling/drawing/coloring a lot latily and really love it! I wish I had more energy & endurance to do it. I'm trying to figure out if my problems are coming from my pots or my neck issue? I', very bored and frustrated that I can't stay busy all the time, what do you to stay occupied and keep your mind going when you have to just lay there? Id love tips :)

Kristin Anne Smith said...

This is BEAUTIFUL!! You do amazing work and this is such a treasurer to keep for years!!

Rachel Lundy said...

Thank you, Kristin!

Rachel Lundy said...

Oooh, good question! I might have to think about that some more and then turn it into a blog post! For now, here is what comes to mind: Reading books, reading blogs, blogging, volunteer work for DINET, emailing, crocheting, praying, watching shows on hulu, watching videos from the True Woman conferences.

Rachel Lundy said...

I just realized that I didn't answer your question correctly. You asked about how I stay occupied when I have to just lie in bed. So I'm guessing this means when I'm too weak to type, crochet, etc. in bed. When I have to just lie in bed and not move, I usually pray and/or watch videos online. I have a laptop, and this is what allows me to easily watch online videos while resting in bed.

Kristen said...

Gorgeous work, Rachel! This must have taken so much time! I love the details you added with the ribbon and buttons. What a lovely gift. On days when it's possible, it really does help to create when coping with mandatory rest.

Right now I am working on knitting a little elephant for my friend's baby. I ran out of yarn though, so it will be a close call if I can get more yarn and finish it in time for the baby shower! :)

Rachel Lundy said...

Thank you, Kristen. It did take a lot of time! This project took me about 5 months! I was working on it while we moved last year, so that made it take longer than it would have otherwise.


A little knit elephant sounds so adorable! I hope you were able to get more yarn in time!

MCatherine said...

I often find 'hidden in yarn' to be my best therapy!

Jen said...

It's beautiful! Love those little rabbits. Thanks so much for linking up to In The Studio last week!

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