i've been making big decisions lately. which i'm not going to go into much here. not yet, anyway. suffice it to say they've been stressful. i find myself needing stress relief almost constantly--something that will keep myself a bit busy but without being too taxing. so i've been stitching. a lot. crocheting, specifically.
last summer i decided i wanted to make my own version of an afghan of my mother's that i've always loved. it was made by my great-grandmother. and my mama told me it's called grandma's garden--a very fitting name:
so i did a bit of searching online for patterns, which helped me figure out a few basics like how to get started and how to make corners. and, since my mom taught me to crochet nearly twenty years ago, i needed to brush up on my basics. and then i sat down with my great-grandma's afghan and figured out the pattern.
it's been very therapeutic to have something beautiful to stitch at the last six months. life hasn't felt very beautiful, so it's good to watch yarn unspool off a skein and turn into beautifully colored flowers in my hands. and i love that these flowers will connect me to my grandmothers who created so much beauty themselves.