Tales From Quarantine - Chapter 2

Hello my lovlies. I am so sorry I have been horrible at keepng things up to date here. I have no real excuse, except that I haven't been on my actual computer to do more than work and always miss out on occasions to blog.

I hope this finds all of you well and healthy. We have all been sheltering in place for going on 9 weeks and haven't gotten (too) much on each other's nerves yet, so that is a win.

With the crochet side of things, it continues to be a good port in the storm for me and helps with some of the anxiety that I have been feeling just about life in general. I am trying to push myself to make new things - to mixed results.

I have also been on a pattern spree lately, which means that I have been finding the cutest patterns - whether I'll ever be able to make them is another question. I know that I am the harshest critic of my own work. I don't mean to be, but that is the way that things seem to turn out.

Take Q*Bert (pictured with this article). His pattern isn't remarkably complicated, but for some reason when I was making and stuffing his head/body, I was just so aggravated with myself and hated the way that he looked. I was so close to just chucking him because I didn't like what I was seeing. In the end, I ended up being very happy with him and glad that I stuck to the plan and finished him.

However, that seems to be the thing that I have been struggling the most with: Being happy with my own output. I can't tell you how many times recently I have been making something only to get done and say I don't like it. Or I could have done better. Even in the times where I have super happy with how the crochet part of it turned out, I'll find fault with my sewing (still not my strongest suit, but I am striving to get better).

In addition to continuing to make new things and to try new patterns, I also have been wondering what is the best use of my Etsy shop at this moment. I did have the shop on vacation mode for a few weeks to consider what was best during the pandemic. However, there have been a lot of online/virtual conventions popping up that have vendors, so I have been dipping my toe into those waters to see what is best. With phsyical cons cancelled for the foreseeable future, I thought I might use my shop to sell some of the little ones that already are completed and are ready for new homes.

As with everything during these times, I'm keeping my eye on what is going on and what I think is safest for all parties. 

I continue to send lots of love and wishes for health and well being to all of you. 

Hugs and cuddles,

Elisha

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