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Works in Progress (WIPs)

I woke up this morning "thinking"! November is a hard month for me, full of so many celebrations: Chloe's 10th birthday; my wedding anniversary; and Thanksgiving. I'm not alone with all of my family here to share these celebrations; yet I am alone. I am grateful that we have now moved into December, a busy and creative time.

It has been 3 1/2 years since Alan's death. I held his hand as he took his last breath. I have started a new chapter of my life; and  I am proud of myself for the progress I have made. It does take time to adjust, though. Anyone who has had a loss may feel grieving is like "carrying a stone in your pocket. One always feels it; sometimes barely noticeable, other times if turning slightly, it may feel painful. You rub the pain and keep going. Few know about your stone or realized it can still bring this much pain.

There are days now that I feel happy and slap my leg with laughter. Feeling the stone, t still hurts and I wonder if I should be laughing. Most days I an feel my stone as I take my hand in and out of my pocket and even smile at its unwavering presence. I've learned to move forward the best I can. I think about the beautiful memory I am holding, smile and look to the sky, hoping I am living in a way that honors the missing piece I carry."
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Crochet is such an important part of my life and it has helped me through these tough times. Living in a new city, Indianapolis, and returning to my Indiana roots is a WIP, as is making new friends. I am so grateful to have my whole family here and the friendship, love and support they provide.

Last week I  entered two works in a juried exhibit at the Indianapolis Art Center Student Show. Concentrating on my own art rather than making others' designs is a WIP.

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Rock of Ages
Sadly none of the three were accepted in the Advanced Fiber category I chose. I accept this, learn from it, and will carry on, enjoying the process and the new WIPS that constantly pop into my head!

I am a member of many Ravelry groups and am most active in my own group as well as in the International Freeform Group. December brings many WIPS in those groups.

Cro-Kween Designs Magic Ball Swap


What will this turn out to be?




2019 CardSwap: IFFF Group


Fade Out Shawl

This was a WIP until 2 days ago. I worked on it for a couple of months-all hdcs-and will enjoy wearing it during the holidays.



Crocodile Stitch Booties & Hat

Little Frances Jane was a WIP until Dec. 1 and this is what I had ready to give her.


WIP: Wire Crochet Sculpture

Crocheting with wire is a bit tricky and hard on the hands and fingers.  Ihave started this project but had to set aside for a bit while my wrist rests. I found the piece which looks like a tree branch on a base, in a re-sale store. I love it and have pondered and pondered what to make with it. Finally an idea struck me and off I go! I rarely dip into politics, but this one leans that way. Apologies to those who don't like politics. A title has yet to be selected and it is a very early WIP!

You are loved no matter what you believe! Have a fabulous Holiday Season and yarn-filled New Year!


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