health knit

I always joke that I ‘knit my feelings’. 

But the truth of it lies in the fact that while I won’t be able to work on my mental health I can still knit a few rows while laying in bed.

While I worry about drowning my feelings in alcohol if I can busy myself with a project.

I won’t spend money on a vice when I can spend it on yarn.

The joy I get from giving a gift to someone I love, who has sat with me when I have been sad, listen to me while I was mad, and helped me when I called, is the best thing I can do for myself.

And its the whole circle starting over again. They might need matching gloves.

I’m knitting with both my cats and YouTube and I found a really comfy shirt and my evening is just really nice right now. I feel relaxed- which is so rare for me. I’m working on something for me (for once) and I’m just enjoying the yarn and the process and the cats. I’ve been having a rough time lately and it’s just so nice to enjoy a good moment and a really soak it in

I am calm. I am content. I am just fine

Goals for the upcoming year

I decided to write my random goals for the upcoming school year to motivate myself to stay on track. 

  • Study Spanish an hour every day 
  • Work out at least three times a week 
  • Stay hydrated 
  • Go to sleep before 11 am 
  • Finish knitting my sweater 
  • Collect new recipes 
  • Write for blog posts every day 
  • Waste less time on social media 
  • Take more pictures 
  • Create photo albums 
  • Improve time management skills to the max 
  • Pray more 
  • Enjoy life as much as possible 
  • Stay positive
Dear Followers. Please pause your scrolling for a second to read this.

Important self care pit stop! You can’t pour from an empty cup, so always look after yourself first and foremost. Recognise when you need a break and take it and try not to focus too much on how things should be and just let it …. be - just for a minute or two.

Try to find one thing you’re thankful for every day and take some time to consider why, and enjoy that moment with that thought. Today I’m thankful for the ability to knit socks because knitting makes me sit still. I enjoy watching how the garment grows from my needles and when they’re finished, they make my feet warm and toasty and I have a growing collection of made to measure socks in all colours of the rainbow (many of them green/blue combos) that are stronger and less tight than store bought socks. Things to be grateful for don’t need to be huge things.

As you consider a thing you’re thankful for, relax your body. Let your shoulders drop. Take a long breath in through your nose, hold it for a few seconds and then exhale through your mouth.  If it feels ok to do so, close your eyes.  Try to notice the sounds and smells around you and how your tummy moves with your breath as you focus on that one thing you’re thankful for and take as long as you need to give it full consideration.

Done? Cool. Notice how that made you feel. Hopefully you feel a bit more relaxed than a few minutes ago. This has been your pause for thought for today.  Now scroll away. 💜

I know I’ve reblogged things of such nature in the past but does anyone have exercises or suggestions about aches and pain due to being crafty? All my jobs require handiwork.  Some of my fingers ache and I have a spot between my shoulder blades that will not release.  I take breaks and had a day off recently and I do yoga but was curious if there were any moves you personally like or something?

I knitted a shawl.

I cannot believe I knitted this.

About 12 years ago, I took up knitting and crocheting after a stay in the psych ward of my local hospital.  At the time, I learned to crochet socks, then got into knitting and did a few hats and stuff.

No way would I have been able to do this.  I was knitting to calm down and this would have been complex and nerve-wracking and not very happy-making.

A dozen years in the future, and this was just a happy knit – fun to do on a trip.

I guess I’m putting it out there to illustrate a couple of points.  The first is that it gets better.  It really, really does.

But also, gently and carefully challenging yourself an itty bitty bit at a time really does kind of add up.

Okay, guys. I really, REALLY hate asking for help. But here’s the deal: My Mom is chronically ill with temporary but scary things that crop up, and while my job may be pretty good and can support us for the most part, the medical bills are killing me.

I currently owe my Grandmother over $700 for our regular, split bills for the house and groceries and gas, etc. And we also currently owe the local clinic and hospital close to $2000. I make the best money I have had so far in my adult life, but there’s no way I can do this by myself and still pay for everything else.

Here’s the horrible part where I ask for help: if you can spare even a buck or two for ChickenHiddle and I and want to give us a hand, please send it to on Paypal, or there is a Donate button on my blog. I knit a LOT, so if you want to commission me, please drop a message into my submit or ask box and I’ll gladly knit you something. And if you can’t help monetarily, please spread this around as much as possible!

Thank you so much, you guys. I love each and every one of you so much and thank you, from the bottom of my heart for even reading this.