I learned how to knit when I was 14, right after my family had moved to California. This was before the whole Tourette’s fiasco; it was simply something I wanted to learn how to do. Once I learned however, it wasn’t really something I did a lot of. I forget exactly when I started really knitting, but it was after I had been diagnosed. And then something really cool happened. When I was knitting, my tics weren’t as severe. It was the same phenomenon that happened when I rode horses and that I now know happens when I drive. If my brain is occupied with something else, it doesn’t always have time to tic. Knitting, crocheting, drawing, or anything else that keeps my brain and hands busy makes my tics less apparent. That isn’t to say that if I’m ticcing and somebody sticks yarn in my hands that the tics will abate. All I manage to do then is destroy whatever project I happen to be working on. I have ticced knots into my projects, thrown needles across the room, and ripped out rows upon rows of work with only one episode of tics. In addition to that, when I get really tired or the medications make my brain fuzzy, my OCD tends to stand out more and I will tear out and re-do the same portion of work all night long until I put it up and go to sleep. Crafting isn’t a “cure” for my tics; it helps me control them on good days.
Back to my “license to craft”… I am opening an Etsy store; hopefully in a month or two it will be fully stocked and I will “open” it so to speak. I am going to coincide opening and promoting my Etsy store with a well-known blogger’s promotion of my story, fundraising efforts, and my store. Rest assured, I will be heavily promoting my store when it is open for business, and I will be more than happy to take requests for specific items or color combinations. And here is just a look at what I got done this weekend…
|2 Amigurumi Horses|
|Afghan in progress for the Fundraising Dinner in April|
|Feeling left out Mommy isn't taking pictures of him|
|Hiding with the yarn stash, a favorite past time|