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A Quick Update and an “It’s 2017!” Sale

I know I haven’t been active for pretty much almost the entire year. I really didn’t do very much crocheting at all, the projects I had started in 2015 I wasn’t very happy with any longer and the one special order I had was a bit discouraging for me, plus my health had been on a major roller-coaster also. Both physically and mentally. At that point, just looking at yarn caused me stress, so I just really needed a break. Badly.

Well, my break is over. It started when a friend “hired” me to crochet a gift for his fiance and even paid me upfront for it, then my mother asked for something knitted for my Sister In-law, which is something I am now working on since I finished and delivered my friends gift. Thanks to my friend and my mother, I am out of my “yarnie slump” and back into the “fiber groove”. I think I really needed someone to give me a nudge to get back motivated. It was also helpful that the requested projects were/are very simple ones. I do have to admit that my love for playing Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online really didn’t help to get me back playing with yarn for a little while either. LOL

I do not know when I will be producing new patterns again yet. I think I need to go back through all of my UFO’s, re-evaluate them and decide which I will finish and which I will frog. I also really need to go back though my yarn stash and reorganize it.

About that sale. I realized that I missed my annual Holiday Sale, so I decided to have a New Year Sale. Starting on January 3, 2017 at 12am EST all of my Crochet Patterns for Purchase will all be 25% off until January 31, 2017, 11:59pm EST. This sale will be valid only through my Ravelry Store. Purchase can be made through the Patterns for Purchase Tab on my WordPress site also, since the”Buy Now” buttons will take you to the Ravelry Shopping Cart.

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Not Happy with the Changes, Crochet Me.

Well, this is disappointing. I haven’t been on the Crochet Me website in awhile, in maybe almost a year, and I don’t like the changes it’s gone through. I’m not sure how long it’s been since the website revamp, but it wasn’t like this when I last visited. My entire profile, including my bio, was wiped, plus I can’t even view my public profile to see what others see, if there is even one anymore. All it had left was my user pic and my user name. I couldn’t even find my patterns that I had posted there very easily. I had joined the site way back in 2007, long before Interweave Press took over, and I liked it much better back then, it was a nice little crochet community with forums and pattern sharing for the amateur designers and crocheters, now it’s all commercial, not a much of a community anymore, in my opinion. I did a search for one of my patterns and I did find it, so through that and clicking on my user name in the post, I found the list of my patterns there. but they can not be found in the “Free Members Patterns” index. I also looked to try to edit one of my pattern pages because I noticed something funky in the text in the summary, but there isn’t any edit button I can see. I would visit to check on my CM profile and update it, if needed, and check on my pattern pages, at least once or twice a year, but now I’m not very inclined to do that anymore. I also had a second account that I used for downloading patterns I find on the email newsletters, but that profile is gone now.

I had also found that the link I had to my CM profile on my links list in my sidebar didn’t work anymore, so I updated it, but I’m debating if I really want to keep it there. The few patterns I have on CM, I have here anyway and I’m able to keep them current here, so I really don’t see the point in keeping the link up.


Hydrocephalus Awareness – Jonathan’s Story

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My son, he is just one of the many reasons why we need Awareness.

Taking a break from posting about crochet, because I have decided to share my sons story since he just recently had to have another shunt revision surgery.

Hydrocephalus Awareness and Research is needed very badly. The ONLY treatment for this condition is surgery and the insertion of a shunt into the brain, which can plug, break, or malfunction. There is no cure for it either because Hydrocephalus is the result of other conditions or problems with the brain, whether it is congenital (developed before birth) or acquired. It’s estimated that 1 to 2 of every 1,000 babies are born with Hydrocephalus and many more children and adults develop it later due to severe head injury or by other traumatic means, such as a brain tumor, causing a blockage in the brain causing excess fluid to build up in the skull. Without treatment, it could cause severe brain damage and even death.

Jonathan’s Hydrocephalus Story

Jonathan was born with Aqueductal Stenosis and Chiari Malformation Type 1. Both conditions are brain abnormalities that happen during development in the womb before birth that cause congenital hydrocephalus, commonly known as “water on the brain”. The only treatment for this condition is the insertion of a shunt into the brain. A shunt consists of some kind of regulating hardware, like a valve, either a programmable or fixed pressure, with 2 catheters, the proximal that goes into the ventricles of the brain, and the distal, that ends in the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen (VP shunt) or into the aorta of the heart (VA shunt), both connects to the shunt valve. Jonathan has a VP shunt with a programmable valve. Sometimes there is another piece of hardware needed to help the valve control the flow of the CSF (cerebral-spinal fluid). For Jonathan, that is a gravity compensator that “closes” when he is upright to slow down the flow of fluid through the shunt, and “opens” when he is laying down to help it drain a little more. Since Jonathan was about a year and a half old, up until today, he has had 74 surgeries for his shunt, including the first placement of it at 17mos old. He is now 23yrs old. He has also had 2 surgeries, called Decompressions, to correct the Chiari Malformation, which is a condition where the cerebellum of the brain is herniated down into the spinal cord through the small opening at the back base of the skull. His first decompression was when he was 23mos old and the 2nd was just in May of 2014, when he was 21yrs old, almost 22. The Aqueductal Stenosis is a narrowing of a “tube” in the brain call the Aqueduct of Sylvus that is between the 3rd and 4th ventricles causing it almost impossible for the CSF to flow through causing a build up of fluid in the brain.

All of these surgeries are considered to be brain surgery and as of 11-05-15, at the age of 23 years old, between the shunt and the Chiari, he has had a total of 76 brain surgeries. This is why we need Hydrocephalus awareness and research for better treatment for this condition.

(On top of all of that, he also has Asperger’s Syndrome.)


RIP Spike, The Great Lump

It is a sad day here today in the Christensen household.

One of our cats, Spike, passed quietly during the night last night. He would have been turning 8years old next month on the 2nd. He came home to us when he was around 3 months old and it’s been a wonderful almost 8 years with him in our family.

RIP Great Lump, we love you.

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Checking In

Yes, I’m still around. I apologize that I have been so silent lately, so much has been going on with life in general and I’m not one to blog about my personal life very much, unless crochet is involved somehow, anyway. I know I have talked about a new hat pattern in my previous posts, and I do plan on getting that up for sale, as soon as I am able to get decent photos of the finished hats. I finally got a mannequin head for hat photos, so hopefully soon.

I did have a bit of a creative dry spell after the hats were finished, but my creative muse has recently come back with an idea for a pattern eBook. It will be patterns for shawls, wraps, and possibly a capelet or 2.

(I do have bit of a personal update under the “read more” at the bottom of this post.)

This will most likely be the only time you will see me write so much about any of my personal life. I will most likely stick to my crochet talk and new upcoming patterns in future posts. I am very excited about the eBook project. I already have a wrap, 2 different triangle shawls, and a hooded capelet, all waiting to be written up. The hat pattern is already written, just waiting for photos and some minor editing done.

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Just a Quick Update

Wow! It’s been busy around here, with 2 daughters graduating, and a son finishing up his sophomore year in high school! My Step-Daughter had just graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, the commencement ceremony was on Memorial Day. It was very exciting, First Lady Michelle Obama was there and spoke to the graduating class, also the commencement address was by Marian Wright Edelman, who is the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund! This coming Sunday, May 31, is my Daughters commencement. She is graduating from high school, and will be attending a local Community College in the fall. My eldest son just finished a month of Physical Therapy last week and is doing well. His PCP is very happy with his continued progress though all of his health challenges. We are so very proud of both of our girls, and both of our boys, and all of their achievements! Love and Congrats to them all! ❤

Through all of this, I still crocheted, taking it wherever I go. I even crocheted on the 2-1/2 hour car trip down to Oberlin, Ohio for the commencement. I have finished crocheting the various versions of the “Winter into Summer Hat”, now renamed “A Hat for All Seasons Peasant Hat”. I have a pattern written up, but still need to get photos of the hats. After the photos are taken, and last minute proof-reading and editing, if needed, then I will be putting the pattern up for purchase. Right now I am working on another hat, similar in shape to the “AHfAS” Peasant Hat, but much more lacy, worked up in size 10 cotton, and it will definitely be something for summer. If it doesn’t work out as a hat, it’ll be a very pretty doily instead 😉


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Happy New Year!

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I hope everyone has a Great Year!

Happy Crocheting!
Jennifer




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