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Crochet for Future: Crochet and the Lyme Disease

I have read the post “How Crochet Saved Me with Lyme Disease” by Sandra Robinson @southpawstitchery a while ago and it deeply touched my heart.

I could very well relate to the topic of the Lyme Disease. When I was 14, I was diagnosed with Tick-borne encephalitis, which is a neurological disease and there is no internationally approved treatment for that… Can you imagine: usual sounds like someone’s steps or opening a door lead to a headache you can’t stand. You can’t move, almost paralyzed, you don’t know if it ever stops or if it lasts forever. I was lucky: I survived and I have not gotten a serious neurological damage. But doctors have told me that there is a high chance that the Lyme Disease shows up at some point during the next 10 years.
And it was so hard to live knowing what might happen, I was terrified.

Sandra says:
“I had always valued my worth by how hard I worked.  Once that was gone, I felt like a nothing – a nobody.  One should never put that kind of pressure on her/himself.  It is self-torture to the extreme.  I had to discover myself for the first time without a job or a title.   As the picc line antibiotics began improving my cognitive functioning, I went back to crocheting with a vengeance.  Each item I lovingly handmade gave me a sense of accomplishment” (read further in the original post).

I feel it’s important that people (especially kids like me back then) read Sandra’s story and don’t loose hope to find something what brings joy even when conditions are hard.

So please do share your stories! I know, sometimes it’s hard to talk about it but it might be important for someone who faces the same challenges and feels alone, terrified, lost.
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Crochet Reusable Cosmetic Pads: Free Pattern

So after the 2 weeks break I continue my #crochetforfuture sequence. Today I want to talk about reusable cosmetic pads. I have seen the idea a couple of weeks ago and I totally love it! I started to crochet my cosmetic pads right away and it took just minutes to produce one!t So after just a half an hour you might have 4-5 pads and you don’t have to buy them at all! Isn’t it great?Especially now, in the quarantine times (actually, good for the environment times, when big companies stopped producing cars and people started to enjoy wild nature and their own houses).

Actually, the are quite some reusables we can crochet instead of buying one-time-use items like dish cloths, sponges 🧽, shopping bags. Other ideas? I would love to hear them!!!

If you crochet something to make our environment better or as an act of kindness, please don’t forget to use the hashtag #crochetforfuture. Together we will make the world better!

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Materials:

  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • recommended for the hook 100% cotton yarn of any colour(s)
  •  Scissors

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • dc – double crochet
  • ps – puff stitch (yarn over, insert hook in the st, (yarn over, pull up loop so
    that loop to the hight of a dc) X 4, yarn over, pull through all 9 loops on the hook)
  • (…) X 6 – repeat “…” 6 times

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Pattern:

Round 1: (ps, ch) X 6 in magic ring, sl st
Round 2: 2 ch,( (ps, ch) in ch after the next ps of the previous round) X 6, so st
Round 3: 2 ch, ((ps, ch) in ch after the next ps of the previous round, 2 dc in the ch  after the next ps of the previous round) X 6, sl st
Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the ends. Finished!!! It took just a couple of minutes, right? Make some more, maybe of different colours?

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Zero Waste Crochet: 10 Ideas How to Crochet Environmentally Friendly

I am very excited to finally share this post with you! The idea to write about Zero Waste Crochet came to me about 3 years ago after I have watched a documentary movie about huge damage we make to our planet by producing tonnes of waste. Then I thought that the post was not good enough and I kept postponing finishing it. But I can’t hold it anymore so here it is 🙂

So here are my tips and ideas how to be an environmentally friendly crocheter!

  • 1. Recycling & crochet: use trash as a noise makers

Some of the things which we usually throw to the trash bin might be very useful for our crochet projects! For example, candy packaging or a chocolate surprise egg (well, its plactis part) can be used as noise makers for rattle toys or crochet baby books. Here is a post about unusual amigurumi stuffings!

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  • 2. Recycling & crochet: stuffing for bigger projects

For bigger crochet projects which have to be heavy and full of stuffing you can use old (and clean 🙂 ) clothing, for example socks, leggings, t-shirts.

I have stuffed my window draught stopper with old clothes!

And I don’t even remember what I have put in the monster door stopper, but it is very heavy!

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  • 3. Recycling & crochet: T-Shirt Yarn

Speaking of the t-shirts! The best way to recycle old t-shirts is to make stylish modern yarn out of it! Here you can find a good tutorial how to do that.

  • 4. Recycling & crochet: don’t throw away old crochetness!

Sometimes old funny things I have crocheted lay around in my closet for years and when I finally what to get rid of it, my first thought is to throw it away. Instead, you can use the yarn for another project!

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Or the same idea but hte other way around: if you need yarn of certain colour for your next project: don’t run to buy it right away but have a look if you have an old scarf or a hat of this colour. Maybe it is time to give the yarn a second life 🙂 Using the yarn of my old hat and scarf, I have crocheted a baby yoda hat for my son:

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  • 5. Recycling & crochet: combine old clothes with crochet

There are so many great ideas how to refresh your old clothes by adding crochet elements to it! I am sure if you have a look at couple of ideas, you will be very inspired!

This post has inspired me to keep my old jeans jacket and turn it into something cool:

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  • 6. No plastic & crochet: wooden crochet hooks

There are so many amazing handmade wooden crochet hooks out there! We use crochet hooks every day and for a long time so it is nice to use natural materials instead of supporting cheap plastic hooks production.

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  • 7. No plastic & crochet: amigurumi eyes

Instead of going to a store and buying plastic safety eyes for amigurumi, consider crocheting them! You will be surprised how nice they can turn out! And you are much more flexible with the style and shape, even better! Here is a tutorial how to crochet amigurumi eyes.

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  • 8. No plastic & crochet: left over yarn as a stitch marker

Stitch marker is also one of the typical plastic crochet supplies. If you want to use zero plastic and if you don’t want to support plastic manufacture, consider using just a left over yarn end. It is much easier to use than the plastic one which you have to unlock/lock every round.

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  • 9. Smart Crochet: do not throw away yarn left overs!

If the left over yarn balls are so small that it is not enough for anything useful, do not think of throwing it away (even if you need space in the yarn shelf)! You can use the yarn for small things like amigurumi accessories or Barbie clothing. Or think of combining all the left overs in a colourful project. You can get some inspiration here:

Also very short yarn ends you should not throw away. Instead, you can stuff with it small details of your amigurumi: arms, legs, ears. Or use it as a stitch marker (I mentioned it above). If you do not know where to store it, you can crochet a stylish storage box, there it will look like decoration for your room!

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  • 10. Smart Crochet: Change colours smartly

If you go for colourful prjects, research how to change the colours smartly. It is crazy how much yarn you can save by taking care of it! Here is a very good post whith some changing colours techniques.

So these are my ideas how to respect our planet while crocheting 🙂 Maybe you have some more tips? I am looking forward to hearing them! Contact me here or on Instargam @nicecrocheting or just mark your post with the hashtag #crochetforfuture.

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Crochet For Future

You all know about the Fridays for future, right? I find the idea really cool: a community gets together regularly and addresses a global problem, brings attention of the society to this problem.

This makes one feel like one can really change or influence something. So I realize, there is so much I want to say and I want to share it with you as much as I want to hear your voices!

I want to introduce a hashtag #crochetforfuture in instagram and every Friday I am going to write a post/stories/anything related to global topics and how we can make the world a better place as crafters and crocheters.

Just write about any problems and how crochet can help or about any act of kindness related to crochet. Or about smaller things like … lets say, you saw a cool funny crocheted hat in a bus and it made you smile. Please dont forget to mention #crochetforfuture so we can build a sub community and discuss how we can save the world together!

You can find me on instagram: @nicecrocheting

Thanks a lot!