Crocheted Mood Blanket

Crocheted Mood Blanket

A Line A Day, A Block A Month, A Blanket A Year

This year, I have introduced a new project to my routine. Some days are good days for me, and some days are not so good- that’s the thing with depression. Moods can change so easily.

It got me thinking… we all have those days where we feel like we haven’t actually managed to accomplish anything, but what if we did?

This is where my idea of a crocheted mood blanket came to me. Crochet is something that I have always found therapeutic. I read a book by Kathryn Vemillo called “Crochet Saved My Life”. In it, she talks of crippling depression and how the repetitive physical movement of crochet helped to give her something to focus on.

I guess this is where the spark came from. Imagine a crochet project made up of twelve “squares”; one for each month of the year. Every day, I plan to crochet a row in a colour that signifies the mood of the day. That way, even on my worst days, I will be able to say that I created something, and it will make me feel as if I have turned something potentially bad, into a part of something beautiful.

These are the colours I have chosen.

1. Rainbow — Hopeful

2. Yellow — Happy

3. Blue — Tired

4. Aqua — Peaceful

5. Red — Triggered

6. Black — Down

7. Pink — Creative

8. Green — Ill

9. Grey/Black — Sad

I’m hoping to post an update on this project once a month, so keep your eyes open for updates and photos. 🙂


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Not Giving Up..

Not giving up..

And why it’s not the easy option…

by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Lately I’ve been in a real funk! It’s the kind of funk that I call ‘pure depression’, where I can’t even find a specific reason for it, I just wake up, feeling a bunch of yuckiness (yes, I know it’s a not a proper word… Microsoft Word told me with a red wavy line, but screw that line, I’m using it!).

The thing is, that when I wake up feeling like that, it is VERY hard to get myself motivated. It actually, genuinely feels exhausting and part of me really can’t be bothered to do anything other than curling into a ball and going back to sleep; a pseudo-hibernation, if you will… until the clouds clear and the sun peeps out once more.

However, doing this, I’ve found, is the single worst thing I can do for myself. I waste a large proportion of the day, doing nothing productive, and I find myself feeling even worse that I did before, because I’ve not done anything creative or productive, which just makes me into a failure.

I mean, I know that there are some times, when I need to listen to my body and my mind, but there are also other times, when I just simply need to give myself a good talking to, and then get up, and push through, and get on with things, because when it comes down to it, I know that all the while I am creating, I am not worthless.

So today, I will give myself that talking to, and I will get on with things, because in the end, I know that it’s good for me, even if it seems like the hardest option in the world sometimes.


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Goals

Goals

And why I’m setting them this month…

by Peter Fogden on Unsplash

I think there’s something special about the start of a new month. The things of the previous one had passed away, and we get the chance to move forward. It’s like a new, clean slate. At least that’s how it feels to me.

The thing is, that it can be so easy to just end up settling into some abstract kind of status quo, but in reality, if we want change; I mean real change, then we have to fight against settling. We have to battle against our normal human urges to laziness and comfort zones, and we have to fight for a better way of living.

I’m as guilty as anyone of this. I start off with such big plans and good intentions, but all too quickly, they fall to dust as one day passes, and then another, until it seems pointless to even try. This is the thing though, this is what ‘it’, (whatever your ‘it’ is) wants you to believe. It doesn’t want you to step out of your status quo. It doesn’t want you to fight to be better. It doesn’t want me to.

This month, I am giving my ‘it’ the finger! This month, I will set goals, and I will do everything within my power to reach them. Yes, I can already hear the excuses; “But, it’s Christmas…” Well, guess what?! I don’t care! I refuse to settle to a life of browsing social media and casual gaming just because Christmas is happening this month.

Christmas is about so much more than food and presents and pretty lights anyway… Christmas is about God creating a way for us to be reconciled to Him. He set goals for this month, and He met them all, and more.

So this year; this December, I am going to set my goals, and I am going to stick by them. I am going to honour them, and I am going to live by them, and my ‘it’ can go take a hike off a cliff, carrying an anvil (ACME-style), because I am NOT going to settle!


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.