Chronic Illness, Healing, and Creating

After I got sick in early 2014, I really couldn't wield my hook or needles. Major surgery and being very close to death does that to a girl, I guess.
 

But as summer approached and several weeks of recovery had passed, I began to feel the urge to make something. It wasn't hard to decide on a project. After removing my adrenal gland and the giant tumor that had taken it over, the hot flashes (more like hot hours) were gone, and I was freezing all the time. I settled on a knit scarf with fringe and a soft, multi-color sock yarn.
 

It was just what the doctor ordered. 

 

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I sat and knitted just for me. No real photos for the blog. No pattern writing. Just pure knitting for pleasure.
 

But it was more than that. 
 

That time of sitting on my porch swing knitting was healing something deep inside me.
 

I can't explain how it happens. I'm not sure anyone can. But the time of creating, with its quiet contemplation and repetitive motion, is healing to the soul. It brings peace. It brings joy. Creativity is a healing balm, no matter its form- knitting, crochet, embroidery, stamping, drawing, painting… well, you get the idea. 
 

The illness doesn't matter, either. Whether you have a chronic illness of some kind, an injury, have surgery, battle depression or PTSD, the result is the same. The process of creating can help you to heal. The time you spend creating is never wasted. It is healing to both the body and the soul.

 

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For me, the time has been a gift. 
 

I have sat in my quiet, selfish creating for a year now. It's worked its wonders. I feel healed inside and out. I'll keep on with my personal creating, but I also feel that it's time for me to share again. 
 

So I've started back to work on writing up the patterns I had in process when I got whisked off to the Emergency Room. I'm writing down the steps, thinking through the details, playing around with the words that will help you to best understand the instructions, creating new samples of each project in order to take the best pattern photos. Lots of new knitting and crocheting! It's fun getting back to this type of creating! And it's also healing.
 

I've also been thinking through how I can better help you. If you have ideas about what you would love to see me offer or if you have things you would like me to write about, would you be so kind as to leave me a comment or send me a note privately? {Thank you!} (If you're reading this by email, just hit Reply.)
 

So what am I working on for you right now?
 

I'm glad you asked!

 

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The first thing I am working on is the Criss Cross Headband pattern that so many of you have been asking begging for. It's a fun one! I'm also finishing up a pattern for a very special infinity cowl. I have another headband pattern in the works, some baby hat patterns, and some crochet jewelry patterns. Oh, the fun! I can't wait to share these with you all! Be sure that you sign up for my newsletter, so you get the very first, pre-sale announcement of these new patterns! {I love my Brave Creative list members!}
 

I'll also be sharing some behind-the-scenes pics of the pattern process on Instagram. Be sure to leave me a comment so I know you followed me as a blog reader– I'd love to follow you back and see what you're working on! When you share your projects, be sure to use the hashtag #BraveCreating, so I can check out your projects for some inspiration. I love seeing others create!

 

 

Be brave! Be creative! 

After all, it really is just string. Nothing to be afraid of. If it's gross, just rip it out. 

 

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