Bridesmaids bouquets

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I’ve been asked to make the bouquets of a wedding that I’m attending as a bridesmaid. At the beginning I thought the challenge was bigger than my abilities to be honest, but thankfully, this modern civilisation has thought of lots of alternatives to make our lives easier and cheaper (and programmed to obsolete, but that’s another story). When I was told I didn’t need to work with real flowers all the perspective changed; these foam flowers look so real and pretty! Also, I wouldn’t have to worry too much about damaging them or figuring out how to keep them from rotten, so that was fine.

Here are the results of the bridesmaids bouquets, I still have to make the bride’s one, which is a bit more complicated but hopefully with this positive experience it will end up being gorgeous and that she will like it. Fingers crossed! ^^

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 clichĂ©s, 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!