Patchwork Mystery CAL Schedule

Patchwork Mystery CAL Schedule

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At the first of the year I was asked to join a Facebook Group, called the Patchwork Mystery CAL.  The Patchwork Mystery CAL started April 15, 2019 and lasts until July 7, 2019.  Below you will find the Patchwork Mystery CAL Schedule which will be 12 weeks long.  Also at the end of the schedule I talk about crochet giving you hope!


The Facebook Group consists of me and 11 other fiber artist designing a 12″ x 12″ Square for their mystery CAL.  All of the designs were to be and are to held a secret until each artist’s Square is revealed.  Also when we were creating our square there had to be a meaning behind the design.  Therefore each of us 12 fiber artists have a story to tell when our Square is published.

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The purpose of the group’s 12 squares is to create an amazing work of art by joining the 12 squares and creating an Afghan.  The creation of the Afghan has you joining 3 Squares across by 4 Squares long.  You can arrange your 12 squares any way you prefer or join them in the order of the CAL.

Even though it is week 2 of the CAL, you will have plenty of time to join us and crochet a Square.  Today is the release of Square #2.  I will be adding to this post weekly, as the next fiber artist’s square is revealed.  So if you have want to join our CAL you can do so here.  Check out the Announcement section of the group for ALL the information you need to start crocheting your Squares!  Also, be sure to subscribe to my email list and you will receive the next Patchwork Mystery Square when it is released!

1 – Find out the design of the new Square each week!

2 – Also, find out every week the story behind the design of each artist’s Square!

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April 15, 2019 WEEK 1 by Crochet Instinct
 
Show your support by following Stephanie Ware on her Blog, Facebook & Instagram

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·         April 22, 2019: WEEK 2 by Crochet Anything
* Show your support by following Jessica Beres on her Blog, & Instagram

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Patchwork Mystery CAL Schedule
Cornered Cable Square

Cornered Cable Square 

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        April 29, 2019: WEEK 3 by Made With Love & Yarn
* Show your support by following Courtney Lang on her BlogFacebook, & Instagram

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Twisted Times Square

Twisted Times Square

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·         May 6, 2019: WEEK 4 by Sunset Knots
* Show your support by following Marianne Hamil on her BlogFacebook, & Instagram

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Lana Blossom Square – Marianne’s Version

Lana Blossom Square

·         May 13, 2019: WEEK 5 by Shelby Shea’s Stitches
* Show your support by following Shelby Shea on her BlogFacebook, & Instagram

 

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Pasha Square

Pasha Square

Shelby Shea supplied a Video Tutorial for her Pasha Square and you can find it here!

·         May 20, 2019: WEEK 6 by Tangerine Door Creations
* Show your support by following Desiree Krahn on her Blog & Facebook

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Garden Gate Square

You can find the story behind Desiree’s story about her Garden Gate Square here!

·         May 27, 2019: WEEK 7 by Journey Chanel Designs
* Show your support by following Anastasia Smith on her BlogFacebook, & Instagram

Patchwork Mystery CAL Schedule
Fairy Wings Square

Find out the story behind Anastasia’s Fairy Wings Square here!

·         June 3, 2019: WEEK 8 by Crochetaladia
* Show your support by following Claudia Martin on her Instagram

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Week 8 is a little different today.  Find Claudia Martin’s Post on her Spring Pathways Square @crochetaladia on Instagram.
Find her free pattern at Ravelry here!

·         June 10, 2019: 

WEEK 9 is a collaborated effort by Sunset Knots & Tangerine Door Creations
* Show your support by following Marianne Hamil of Sunset Knots and Desiree Krahn of Tangerine Door Creations above.  The Square is titled:  Belle’s Enchanted Garden Square.

For convenience, you will find the full pattern and all links for this week on both blogs. Be sure to visit both to get our thoughts about the square. 🥳

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·         June 17, 2019: WEEK 10 by Rich Textures Crochet
* Show your support by following Sarah Thomson on her BlogFacebook, & Instagram

Here is what Sarah of Rich Textures Crochet had to say about her Rip Tides Square:

“Good morning everyone! Welcome to week 10 of the Patchwork Mystery CAL! Thank you so much for joining 🙂
This week I bring you the Rip Tides Afghan Square. I look forward to seeing your progress and creativity.
Find the free pattern here —> https://richtexturescrochet.com/…/the-rip-tides-square-fre…/

YouTube Tutorial (don’t forget to subscribe! This channel is updated weekly with free crochet patterns and stitch tutorials ) —> https://youtu.be/LhaPBUVVSlk

PDF on Etsy ($2.50 CAD): https://etsy.me/2ImZ0Ug

PDF on Ravelry ($2.50 CAD): https://www.ravelry.com/pat…/library/rip-tides-afghan-square

Be sure to upload your progress photos in the album. Note: I recently had a baby (he is now one week old) 🙂 I will be stopping in as I can, but he is the one dictating my schedule at the moment so it’s a little sporadic 🙂”

Happy Crocheting!!

Rip Tides Square

·         June 24, 2019: WEEK 11 by Stardust Gold Crochet
* Show your support by following Tasha Reynolds on her BlogFacebook, & Instagram

Good morning and evening everyone! Welcome to week 11 of the Patchwork Mystery CAL!

Thank you so much for joining 🙂! My name is Tasha and I am the designer behind Stardust Gold Crochet. I am so excited to be hosting this CAL and I hope you all enjoy creating it. I cannot wait to see all your beautiful colors!

This weeks square is called the The Phoenix Afghan Square.

– PATTERN WILL GO LIVE AT 7:30 AM CST ON THE BLOG, AND THE LINK IS:

– Links for the free photo free PDF & YouTube Tutorial are in the blog post. 😍
– The YouTube tutorial is not live yet. It will be uploaded around 5:30 pm CST (central standard time).
In the meantime, the blog post does have photos for you to work through some of the more difficult rounds. 🤩
Be sure to upload your progress photos in the album so I can see and help you along!
Happy Hooking! 🤗
Much love, 💖
Tasha
Tasha’s Phoenix Afghan Square

·         July 1, 2019: WEEK 12 (LAST WEEK) by Jo’s Crafty Hook
* Show your support by following Joey Lea Baird on her Blog, Facebook, & Instagram

As I like to remind everyone who is like me, this CAL would be the perfect crochet project for you to do!  If you suffer from Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Depression, or any other debilitating disease like Scoliosis this CAL can help you cope by giving you hope!

Just think, you have 12 weeks to crochet 12 squares.  At the end of that time you will have 12 awesome designs to join together and create an Afghan!  How awesome is that!  Crochet is my Lifeline!  Crochet gives me hope because it helps me cope.  At the end of the day, week, month, I have created something amazing that gave me purpose!  So be sure to join me these next 12 weeks where I will be coping with my Scoliosis, Chronic Pain, Anxiety and Depression.

Find me, Jo of Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs at any one of these places listed below!  Subscribe to my email; follow me on Etsy, Instagram and Twitter; favorite my patterns at Ravelry; and watch and subscribe to my video tutorials on YouTube!

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Be sure to leave a Comment or ask a question or just visit my Social Media sites listed above!  Be sure to stop back by to see what Handmade Crocheted Creations my Crafty Hook has created next!

Wrapped In Love Set Crochet Pattern

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Well my Wrapped In Love CAL is finally over!  Boy was it GREAT!  Because I had such a great response, I want to share my Wrapped In Love Set crochet pattern with you!

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Also the Wrapped In Love Set crochet pattern is a great one to do for Valentine’s Day!  You can show YOUR Valentine or loved one the LOVE you have for them! The original crochet pattern has 3 sizes to choose from: Child, Women, and Men. Crochet one or 2 or more for your LOVE!


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Since I had such a HUGE response during my CAL, I want to share the 20% OFF Discount I offered during the CAL!  Awesome isn’t it!  The Promo Code can only be used for my crochet pattern at Ravelry.  You can find the Wrapped In Love Set crochet pattern here and use the Coupon Code LOVECAL.  The coupon code is only good until Valentine’s Day 2/14/2019, so grab your copy today!

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In today’s post I will be sharing the Child Size Hat & Cowl of the Wrapped In Love Set.  For all 3 versions I did I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn.  You can get your own by clicking on the Red Heart link below!  If you have any questions or concerns about this pattern please join our FB Group here.  Or feel free to message me or leave a comment on my Blog.

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Once you complete your hat and cowl, I would LOVE to see your version!  You can post them on any of my social media sites. When you do please use the hashtag #wrappedinloveset and #joscraftyhookdesigns.  You can find all the places to connect with me at the end of this pattern!  Thank you for stopping by for the Child Size Wrapped In Love crochet pattern!  Share the LOVE!

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In getting ready for my Wrapped In Love CAL that just finished on the 3rd, I made Video Tutorials for every round/row of the Child Size Hat.  I created a Playlist that has all of the videos I used in the CAL.  You can find a Tutorial Video for EVERY round/row of the Child Size Hat on my YouTube Channel below.

Wrapped In Love Set Crochet Pattern
Child Size Wrapped In Love Set

 

Wrapped In Love Set–Child Size

Materials:
US Hook H or 5.0 mm
150 yards of MC #4 Worsted Weight Yarn
75 yards of CC #4 Worsted Weight Yarn
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

Gauge Swatch:
Hook U.S. H/5.0 mm
16 DC x 7 Rows = 4”

Size:
Crown = 5″

Width = 7″
Height = 7″
Circumference = 23″

Abbreviations & Stitches Used:
MC = Main Color

CC = Contrasting Color Chain 18. R1: DC in 4th ch from Hook
Ch Sp = Chain Space and in each st across. Turn (16 DC)
St = Stitch R2-R7: Ch 3, dc in each st across. (16 DC)
SC = Single Crochet When you finish the 7 Rows your Swatch
DC = Double Crochet should be 4 inches wide by 4 inches in height.
SS = Slip Stitch
FSC = Foundation Single Crochet (YouTube video here.)
LDC = Long Double Crochet (YouTube has GREAT instructional videos!)
DC2TOG = Double Crochet 2 Together (click on YouTube for instructions)
Beg Shell = Ch 3, DC, ch 1, 2 DC all in the same stitch
Shell = 2 DC, ch 1, 2 DC all in same stitch
***Drop Stitch = DS (YouTube has a video here.)

Notes:
Hat and Cowl are worked in the Round. Slip stitch into the 1st stitch, the chain space or stitch specified.

Ch 3 does count as a DC
Shells made create the Heart
This hat and cowl are Reversible and can be worn either way.
There will be a Gap between Hearts on R3.
*** If you do NOT want them to be Reversible, you can use the Drop Stitch technique

Hat–Child Size:

When making slip knot leave a 3” tail for sewing FSC row closed.

R1: With MC FSC 63. S s in top of ch 3 to join. (63 FSC)

R2: ch 3, dc in each st around. (63 DC) With a Tapestry Needle sew the FSC row closed.

Change to CC to make Shells/Hearts or Use the Drop Stitch

R3: Attach Hot Pink in top of ch 3. [Ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc all in same stitch. (Beg Shell) made] ch 2, skip 6 st, 2 dc, ch 1. 2 dc all in the same stitch. (Shell made). *Ch 2, skip 6 st, Shell in next st.* Repeat from * to * 7 more times. Ch 2 and ss in top of ch 3 of Beg Shell. (9 Shells)

Change to MC or Use the Drop Stitch

R4: ss in ch 1 sp of Beg Shell, ch 1, sc in same st., *ch 2, skip 2 dc from previous row, 1 ldc in next 2 st of previous Row, ch 2, sc in ch 1 space of next Shell.* Repeat from * to * 7 more times. Ss in sc to join.

R5: ch 3, dc in each st around. (63 DC)

Change to CC to make Shells/Hearts or Use the Drop Stitch

R6-R14: Repeat R3-R5 ending with R4 and Light Pink Yarn.

R15-R17: ch 3, dc2tog around. Ss in top of ch 3 to join.

Fasten off. Leave a long piece of yarn and weave R16 closed. Use Tapestry Needle to weave in ends.

Wrapped In Love Set Crochet Pattern
Child Size Cowl

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Cowl–Child Size:

When making slip knot leave a 3” tail for sewing FSC row closed.

R1: With MC and H Hook FSC 84. Ss in top of ch 3 to join. (84 FSC)

R2: ch 3, dc in each st around. (84 DC) With a Tapestry Needle sew the FDC row closed.

Change to CC to make Shells/Hearts or Use the DS

R3: Attach CC in top of ch 3. [Ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc all in same stitch. (Beg Shell) made] ch 2, skip 6 st, 2 dc, ch 1. 2 dc all in the same stitch. (Shell made). *Ch 2, skip 6 st, Shell in next st.* Repeat from * to * 10 more times. Ch 2 and ss in top of ch 3 of Beg Shell. (12 Shells)

Change to MC or Use the DS

R4: ss in ch 1 sp of Beg Shell, ch 1, sc in same st., *ch 2, skip 2 dc from previous row, 1 ldc in next 2 st of previous row, ch 2, sc in ch 1 space of next Shell.* Repeat from * to * 10 more times. Ss in sc to join. (12 Shells)

R5: ch 3, dc in each st around. (84 DC)

Change to CC to make Shells/Hearts or Use the DS

R6-R17: Repeat R3-R5 ending with R5 and MC.

R18: ch 1, sc in same st and each st around, ss in 1st sc to join. (84 sc)

Fasten off.

Use Tapestry Needle to weave in ends.

Because my pattern went over so well I have been adding crochet patterns to go along with the Wrapped In Love Set.  I designed  crochet patterns for the Fingerless Gloves in the Child/Women/Men sizes.  You can check them out or even purchase the pattern for yourself here.  I am going to be designing crochet patterns for Ear Warmers/Headbands in all 3 sizes soon, someone from Facebook gave me this GREAT idea!

I would LOVE to thank everyone in our Facebook Group Crochet-A-Long with us for participating in my Wrapped In Love CAL 2019!  If you are looking for a group to join so YOU can participate in a Crochet-A-Long, ours is the BEST!  There are many more ahead!  You can find our CAL Facebook Group here.

From the Designer:

The Wrapped in Love Set is one of my patterns I feel the strongest about. I designed it with LOVE in mind for the women in my family who have beaten cancer and for those that are facing it now. I also LOVE it because I was able to get my family involved in this project.  They supported me, helped with the design and allowed me to use them as the models!

They are true Survivors and the inspiration behind this pattern!  Anyone who has beaten cancer are true Survivors and an Inspiration to their loved ones, friends, and even complete strangers like me!  Please show YOUR support for Cancer Awareness!

Thank you for trying the Wrapped In Love Set Pattern! You can check out my other FREE crochet patterns here at my website joscraftyhook.com While you are here be sure to add your email address to my Mailing List and Newsletter. This way you will be notified when I release another pattern; have a sale; or produce another blog post! If you have any questions or concerns about any pattern find me at Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs on Facebook here.

Every purchase of my patterns helps! It allows me to keep my website going and to buy more yarn so I can create and design more Handmade Crocheted Creations for you to enjoy.  You can find ALL of my patterns at the Ravelry Store here.

You are free to sell or gift the Wrapped In Love Set, but this pattern is copyright protected.  Please forward anyone who would like to do this pattern or any other one of my patterns to my Etsy shop, the Ravelry Store, or here on my website.  The web addresses for any place to connect with me are listed below.

I would LOVE to see your version of my Wrapped In Love Set! Use the hashtag #wrappedinloveset or #joscraftyhookdesigns.  You can upload it to any one of the places below that allows you to connect with me! Pictures, Comments, Feedback, etc. are ALWAYS welcome here at my website www.joscraftyhook.com!

If you do not know how to Crochet, but would love to learn, Annie’s has some great Online Classes!  Click on the link below to find out how to enroll!


Find me, Joey Lea Baird, Jo of Jo’s Crafty Hook and Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs at any one of these places listed below!

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Pursuit with Purpose

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In this blog post I will be answering 4 questions that talk about Pursuit With Purpose. I was listening to a podcast and what the speaker was saying really made me think about why I started my business and what I was trying to achieve through my website Jo’s Crafty Hook. The purpose of my website is to give other Scoliosis Survivors hope as they cope by doing Crochet. In pursuit of my purpose I want to share what Scoliosis is and the effects it has on Survivors. Also in pursuit of my purpose I want to share ways for us to cope through Crochet.
The podcast I was listening to was by Melyssa Griffin. It was the very first podcast in her “Pursuit with Purpose” series on iTunes.   

I met Melyssa when I enrolled in her course called Pinfinite Growth where she teaches how to get more out of Pinterest when growing your business.  Melyssa teaches entrepreneurs and bloggers how to grow their audience and skyrocket their income.   Melyssa is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of her “Pursuit With Purpose” podcast series.  By celebrating the anniversary she asks us to listen to the very first podcast called “My Story and How I’m Infusing My Life and Business With More Purpose.”  In the podcast Melyssa has us asking ourselves 4 questions.  These questions are to help us focus on our goals.  She wants us to really think about what that purpose might be for us and how to bring it into our life and business.   You can swing by iTunes and listen to this for yourselves or listen to it right now to see why I am sharing this post or to help you focus on your purpose.  You can also find out more about Melyssa at and her podcast series here.

Now we come to the purpose of this post, to answer her 4 questions and to give you a little bit more insight into why I share my story with Scoliosis and my love of Crochet.

The first question Melyssa asks is:  “What fired you up in life, what was super fun for you?”  The things that fired me up in life was my family and experiencing the things we did together is what made it super fun for me.  When I was growing up it was just me, my sister, and our mom.  My parents divorced when I was 3 years old, so I didn’t have a “normal” family upbringing.  Because of this I always told myself I would have a “normal” family setting when I had children.  That is exactly what I did.  I married at 19 and had 2 children by age of 22.  The super fun part was keeping my children busy doing things they enjoyed and living their experiences through their eyes.  My husband and children were what fired me up and still are!  My kids are now 26 and 23 and even though they are grown they are still my main focus in life along with my hubby.

The second question was “How would someone in your life describe you now?”  They would say I have slowed down and I don’t get out much.  That I spend all my time crocheting, which in my eyes is NOT a bad thing.  lol  They would say I do for my children and husband when needed and asked.   They would also say I am in pain all the time and try to take care of things when I can.  The people in my life have seen what my disease, Scoliosis has done to my life.  They experienced all the pain and suffering right along with me.  They have even experienced the achievements I have made during my struggles with Scoliosis.

The third questions was “Why do you feel like you were born?”  I have asked myself this questions so times throughout my life.  About 18 years ago I finally figured out why I was born, it was to share my experiences with Scoliosis.  It was to let others know that even though we get knocked down in life, we do get back up.  When I ask myself this question now it is the same thing but there is another reason I feel I was born and that was to share my LOVE of Crochet.  People still ask me “What does Scoliosis and Crochet have to do with each other?”  Now I can tell them exactly what they have to do with each other in my life.  Scoliosis and Crochet can offer hope and a way to cope.  I want to give Scoliosis or Chronic Pain sufferers hope.  I want to tell them how Crocheting for me is such a HUGE part of my life, not in just creating things with my hands but in having a coping mechanism to help me get through some of my worst days.  I want to share my trials and triumphs.  I want to give them a way they can use Crochet to cope!

The last question has me really thinking about where I am at with my purpose.   Melyssa has us asking ourselves “In your current life are you not living in alignment with your purpose?”  ” Where are you living?” ” What needs to shift?”  “How can you bring more of that into your life today?”  These questions really got me thinking about what I am trying to accomplish with this blog and sharing my love of Crochet.  I have to say these questions really get you thinking.  I am just starting out as a blogger.  I have barely begun reaching for my purpose.  I know that in order to get where I need to be I have to spend more time learning and that I have a long way to go to bring more into my life today.  I need to learn more about blogging for one.  lol  I need to do more research every day on Scoliosis so I can supply my audience with the right information about it.  I need to learn how to draw in more people so they can learn about me, my projects, and my life with Scoliosis.  Lastly,  I need to learn how to keep myself happy so when I share a story people become informed and that they want to come back for more.  I have along way to go but in sharing this story with you today is a step in the right direction!

I hope you take the time and listen to Melyssa’s podcast because later in the podcast she gives us some pointers on how we can reach our purpose and implement them in our life or business.   The information she shares can help you to become who you want to be.  We all want to become a better person, we still have goals in our lives no matter where we are at in life.  Please take the time and stop by Melyssa’s website or subscribe to her “Pursuit with Purpose” podcast series.  Her podcasts have already helped me to focus on my purpose!  She can also be reached on Instagram at @melyssa_griffin.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.  If you have any comments or questions, I would LOVE to hear from you!  You can post your comments below or email me directly at jo@joscraftyhook.com.

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Scoliosis and Crochet

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Some of you who have visited my website might be asking “What does Scoliosis and Crochet have to do with each other?”  “Why are you selling Handmade Crocheted Creations and writing about Scoliosis?”  Well if you are asking these questions or ones similar this is why, I am a 45 year old woman, married with 2 adult children, I have been Crocheting for over 25 years, and I have Scoliosis.

If you have read my previous posts, then you know my life with this disease, yes Scoliosis is a disease, has not been a pleasant one.  I have undergone 5 surgeries on my back and I suffer from chronic pain.  I just seen a Spine Specialist who says I have Severe Scoliosis and I need to see another specialist who deals in such deformities.  I can’t say I’m surprised by his diagnoses.  I was 13 years old when they found my Scoliosis.  I know I have a deformity because it causes me grief daily and I have to look for ways to distract myself from the chronic pain.  That’s where Crochet comes in.

Crocheting for me is my life line.  It has been something I have enjoyed doing for over 20 years.  I was taught by my Gran and my Mom when my kids were in school and I needed something to do to fill the time.  Crocheting did not start out as my lifeline, it was just something I enjoyed doing while I had free time.  In 2000 I went through a really rough time.  I had my second back surgery and I was struggling every day with pain.  I felt like I was fighting for my life.  I had 2 young children to take care of, I had a husband that needed me, I had other family that I used to see once a week, and I had a job in the church.  I desperately wanted to get back to all of them.

During the last months of 2000 I was bedridden.  I couldn’t walk let alone move without serious pain in my back and shotting down my legs.  I didn’t know it at the time, but the surgery and the instruments installed during the surgery were causing damage to my spine and nerves.  So I had to find something to do to get my mind off of all of these issues!  This is where Crocheting started to become my lifeline.  It was where I learned to endure my struggles; where I learned to cope with the pain; where I learned that I could survive the challenges I was facing in my life.

Now, 18 years after that horrible surgery and the consequences of it I have turned what I love to do into a business.  The business is a way for me to use my suffering.  I have found a way to turn it into an opportunity, to share all of the lovely things I have made into something that could benefit me.  I did this by opening an online shop at Etsy called Jo’s Crafty Hook.  Over the last 3 years I have Crocheted enough items to stock the shelves of my shop.  I have turned pain into pleasure for others.  My customers get the finished product of my coping with my disease, something beautiful or beneficial.

I have used my lifeline many times over the years.  I underwent 3 more surgeries and thousands of procedures on my back.  I am still battling my disease today.  I am facing the possibility of not being able to walk; of having to undergo yet another surgery; of not being able to interact with my kids and husband.

But I use my lifeline everyday. I carve out time to crochet every day.  I have learned that I can be productive, that I can make others happy, that I can share my experiences by letting others know there is a way to survive Scoliosis.  I want others to know there are ways for them to endure and cope no matter what struggles they face.

So I hope I have answered your question on what Crocheting and Scoliosis have to do with each other.  Crocheting not only helps you make beautiful creations, but it helps you overcome and cope with the struggles you face every day no matter what they are.  Crocheting for me is not only something I enjoy doing but it is a way for me to use my struggles to make others happy when they purchase my products.

Feel free to check out some of the Handmade Crocheted Creations I have made and listed at my Etsy Shop by clicking on the page from my website.  You can also check out my shop here.  You can also find out more about Scoliosis and my survival with it by clicking on the Scoliosis Awareness Page at the top of my website.  As I tell my customers “be sure to pop back every once in a while to see what my Crafty Hook has created next!”

I would love to hear from you.  If you have a story or want to share information about Scoliosis I welcome your feedback!  Just fill out the form below and I will get right back to you!

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Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

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Signs and symptoms of Scoliosis may include:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
  • Uneven waist
  • One hip higher than the other

If a scoliosis curve gets worse, the spine will also rotate or twist, in addition to curving side to side. This causes the ribs on one side of the body to stick out farther than on the other side.

Causes

Doctors don’t know what causes the most common type of scoliosis — although it appears to involve hereditary factors, because the disorder tends to run in families. Less common types of scoliosis may be caused by:

  • Neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
  • Birth defects affecting the development of the bones of the spine
  • Injuries to or infections of the spine

Risk factors for developing the most common type of scoliosis include:

  • Age. Signs and symptoms typically begin during the growth spurt that occurs just prior to puberty.
  • Sex. Although both boys and girls develop mild scoliosis at about the same rate, girls have a much higher risk of the curve worsening and requiring treatment.
  • Family history. Scoliosis can run in families, but most children with scoliosis don’t have a family history of the disease.

Complications

While most people with scoliosis have a mild form of the disorder, scoliosis may sometimes cause complications, including:

  • Lung and heart damage. In severe scoliosis, the rib cage may press against the lungs and heart, making it more difficult to breathe and harder for the heart to pump.
  • Back problems. Adults who had scoliosis as children are more likely to have chronic back pain than are people in the general population.
  • Appearance. As scoliosis worsens, it can cause more noticeable changes — including unlevel shoulders, prominent ribs, uneven hips, and a shift of the waist and trunk to the side. Individuals with scoliosis often become self-conscious about their appearance
  • Mayo Clinic

 

The reason I am telling you my story is that not everyone hears about Scoliosis.  If they do it is because their children had to have a screening or someone you know has Scoliosis.  I am just one person who has suffered through some horrible things because of this disease.  Yes it IS a disease, it changes a person’s outlook on life and they undergo some major trials as they become a “Scoliosis Survivor.”  Every day for me with Scoliosis is a challenge.  Not everyone has gone through the things I have and not everyone diagnosed with Scoliosis will.  I am just 1 out of the 7 million people affected with the disease.

I am a Scoliosis Survivor because even though I am in Chronic Pain I still get up every day and endure!  I endure Chronic Pain every day. I endure my body’s ever changing shape. I endure walking slowly or not at all.  I endure my clothes not fitting right. I endure living every day of my life with not knowing what my tomorrow may be like.  “Will I fall again? Will I be able to make it to the bathroom without pain? Will I be able to crochet anything today? Will I be able to feed myself today?”  These are just some of the questions that constantly go through my mind while I survive Scoliosis.

If you are a Scoliosis Survivor, I would LOVE to hear your story, so please feel free to share it with me by filling out the Comments section below.  If you don’t want your story shared on my post, you can email it to me and I will be happy to read your journey with Scoliosis.  You can email me at jo@joscraftyhook.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

 

About Me

Welcome to my website my name is Jo Baird and I would like to share my LOVE of Crochet with you!  In January 2018 I opened an Etsy shop called Jo’s Crafty Hook where I make Handmade Crocheted Creations!  I have been crocheting for over 20 years and I turned what I LOVE to do into a business. I have Crocheted Afghans, Baby Items, Pet Items, Clothing and many other things.  The best part of Crocheting is that the patterns can be made over and over again using different colors and sizes!   As I tell my customers “I can Customize my creations to fit your style, size, and color!”

The other reason for my website is that I want to inform others about the disease I have, Scoliosis. and to share my story as a Scoliosis Survivor.  I want to spread Scoliosis Awareness,  I want to make others aware of first what Scoliosis is; how they can recognize Scoliosis; things they can do if they have Scoliosis like exercises and hobbies such as Crocheting, and lastly some of the latest treatment options that are available to them.

I want to give others hope by helping them cope!  I want to make them aware that even though they have this disease they can still be productive by doing things like Crochet.   I want to provide them with patterns they can do to get their minds off their pain and make beautiful things in the process, I want to let them know they can Crochet to Cope.

My website and business are just getting started, but I have a lot of things I want to share.  You can click on the Social Media links at the bottom of this page and start following me! Also be sure to stop back by and check out what my Crafty Hook has created next!

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