Slippers!

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Finally I have finished my very first slippers ^^ I’ve tried to make them as easy, original and warm as possible so I checked different ways and alternatives to make them as best as possible, according to the materials I could get access to. Finally what I’ve done is to buy warm insoles and patiently perforate them with a small screwdriver (I strongly recommend trying to get something better to do so as your fingers might get a little bit sore afterwards). Then I knitted the first row of the crochet with a thin yarn* (the main yarn I wanted to use was too thick for that) and then swap to the main yarn I chose. As I wanted to make something original and different, plus learn something new, I used the Tiny Mock Popcorn stitch, which sounds fancy but it’s extremely easy. When I finished knitting, I pasted the insole to a flip flop (I previously removed the strips so it was flat to paste the insole on top) and let it dry for 24 hours. So far they feel really cosy and warm, but to be honest I want to wait and see how the special glue goes before claiming victory, hehe.

*Note: you have to be careful with the amount of tension when you knit the first row in the insole, it has to be strong enough not to be lose but not so tight that it will curve the insole and therefore wont glue properly to the flip flop.

Fighting the cliché

So here is a good idea tu avoid those thousands of pictures of the same place, at the same time and in the same positions, that are on every single social media. By default I don’t like clichés, I do accept that some places or monuments are worth the shot, but when you see hundreds of people photographing the same, it just loses interest for me. I know, I am a maverick.

The only arguments I have against this camera is, not only the internet availability but also what if something different is happening on a popular place? but then again, I completely share the idea, and far from wanting people to become more experts in photography matters, I am just standing up for people to be creative, that’s all.

Baby boots!

I think this might be my third attempt of baby boots, so far this has been the most successful 🙂

I must confess that the most challenging part is keep on reading and understanding the whole pattern from the beginning until the very end.  I get very anxious and I want to knit in a ‘mechanical’ way with the stitch involved, but there is always a change, so I have to pay attention (sometimes I’m a bit lazy) and I might  have to restart some rounds a couple of times. In this case I found myself mixing 2 different indications, making a third one and adding some details that I explain below:

I took the sole I took indications from Annoo’s crochet world, where you can see every round with pictures.

For the rest I followed Happiness Crafty–>

The previous round before finishing the sole according Annoo’s I started with this pattern:
ch 2, 1 hdc in same sp as ch 2, 1 hdc into each of next 12 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc into each of next 12 sts, 2 hdc in each of last 2 hdc, join with a sl st into top of ch 2. (36 sts)
Sides
Rnd 4: working in back loops for this entire rnd, ch 1, sc into each of next sts.
ch 2, *fpdc, bpdc* rpt
Toe & Ankle
Rnd 5: ch 1, 1 sc into each of next 11 sts, dc2tog (6 times), 1 sc into each of next 12 sts, join with a sl st into 1st sc. (30 sts)
Rnd 6: ch 1, 1 sc into same sp as ch 1, 1 sc into each of next 12 sts, dc2tog (twice), 1 sc into each of next 13 sts, join with a sl st into 1st sc. (28 sts)
Rnd 7: ch 1, 1 sc into same sp as ch 1, 1 sc into each of next 11 sts, dc2tog (twice), 1 sc into each of next 12 sts, join with a sl st into 1st sc. (26 sts)
Rnd 8: ch 4, skip sp where ch is in and skip next st also, *1 dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, rep from * around, join with a sl st into 3rd ch st of the ch 4.
Rnd 9 – 10: ch 2, *fpdc, bpdc* rpt
Note: instead of doing only 2 rounds of this pattern, as I found it too short, I kept on going until I considered it was enough to fold it. 
Rnd 11: ch 1, 1 sc into same sp as ch 1, 1 sc into each st around, join with a sl st into 1st sc.
Finish.
In a couple of months I will know if they will fit Federico, my partner’s friend future son ^^

 

 

Psychotherapy

After years of psychotherapy myself, I would not recommend anything but to go through that process to every single person on earth, ok, maybe not every single one, but most of them.  Having done my process, I am completely sure that doing therapy is a natural thing to do for those who suffer and have some questions about life and about themselves (and also for those who think they don’t think, but that is a bunch hard to catch). It is not an easy task and definitely a bumpy ride, but its worth it. Even though I still have issues, and luckily I will continue to be human and not 100% ‘fixed’, I feel so much better with myself, I have learnt to know me, my processes, my coping mechanisms, my vicious circles, so I know what to expect and how to deal better with it, or just wait until it fades away.

My next step, as a person and as a psychologist, is to spread the word and work towards the easier access to psychotherapy 🙂 so fear not and join the challenge!

 

The bell jar

  Yesterday night I have finished reading ‘The bell jar’. At the beginning it was by chance, but then I think it has become some sort of mourning therapy to keep on reading novels in which the main character has mental health issues. I find interesting not only the topic itself but it is a research of how the authors find the words and metaphors to describe those experiences what really catches me, and so I go on on this research.

   I enjoyed the book and I read it quite fast (what for me is a synonym  of pleasure) even though I expected more. As Sylvia Plath is so  famous and had suffered from mental health issues, I assumed that she  would be experienced at describing thoughts, feelings and situations,  but it is exactly what I do not like about this book. I never had the  feeling of understanding or watching the process in which the main  character, Esther, falls into depression. It seems that it is just there and  I don’t have that conception of mental health, everything is a process,  everything is a reaction or a response of something that happened or is  happening, so I didn’t like the way she handled the situation. Therefore  everything that happened it was just the “right thing” to happen, but as  I didn’t get the process, the meanings, I found that every attempt to  work out her problems, was just out of the blue, everything according  to manuals and good practice, but it lacked from my point of view, the  emotional perspective. It might be also that she wanted to show the  lack of emotions, but again I felt I missed something, I wanted to know more.

  In any case, I found it to be an interesting perspective of the 60s in United States and the idea of being a woman back then and also the way they dealt with mental health issues.

  Next book (already ordered hehe ^^) Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan. Here is the plot: “Who is mad? Who is sane? Who decides? Welcome to the Dorothy Fish, a day hospital in North London! N has been a patient here for thirteen years. Then in walks Poppy Shakespeare in her six-inch skirt and twelve-inch heels. She is certain she isn’t mentally ill and desperate to return to her life outside. Together they plot to gain Poppy’s freedom.” Sounds good, we’ll see how it goes 🙂

“Keep the change”

 

KEEP THE CHANGE is a love story written for and starring adults on the autism spectrum. When David, an upper-class charmer is forced to attend a support group for people with autism, he meets a young woman who challenges his identity as “normal”. Eventually, David must choose between his playboy persona and the opportunity to make a real connection with someone who can understand him.

Learn more about the feature version of “Keep the Change” and help to crowd fund here: seedandspark.com/studio/keep-change

Written and directed by Rachel Israel. The film won the Columbia University Film Festival’s Focus Features Best Film Award, the Alumni Award, and the Arthur J. Harris Memorial Prize, and has screened at festivals worldwide. Principal cast: Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon.