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Chrissy’s Creation

I am super happy to introduce a beautiful friend of mine.

Chrissy’s going to talk about her one year crocheting commitment that she’s been working on since January.  I am indeed blessed to know her and to experience her love for life, family and friends.

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D: Hey, Chrissy!  I have a big favour to ask you.

C: Fire away.

D: I’d like to write a blog about you and your blanket. Would that be OK? May I add a picture of you?

C: Absolutely! I am flattered.

D: Also, could you write a little paragraph and send it to me? Can you explain what you call the blanket, why you are making it and what it’s teaching you these days?

C: Sure!  I call the blanket an “emotions blanket.”  Online, they’re called “mood blankets but to be honest, that term seems too vague to me and not personal.

D: I so respect and admire your healthy attitude towards mental illness, Chrissy. I’ve learned so much about this topic from you.

C: Thank you and you are welcome to write about my bipolar and the challenges it causes myself and my family.

D: I’d rather you talk, Chrissy.

C : Why am I making it? I want to make a visual record of my victories, downfalls and everything in between. Someone once told me the more work spent on a artistic project what ever it may be, the more likely that person will better understand herself.  When I saw your full year of sunsets crocheted in a blanket,  I was enthralled at your dedication and I was inspired to do the same one year commitment. I want people to understand that mental illness is more than crazy people and medications and rubber rooms.

D: What have you learned from working on this emotions blanket?

C: Well, so far, I’ve learned that the glass is always half full. Purple is the strongest colour in my blanket and it represents calmness and relaxation. I live with a stressful mental illness and to see that the majority of my blanket is purple (at least at this time) makes me see that I am doing better than I give myself credit for. And that’s a big deal. 

D: Sure is, Chrissy. 

 C: I also made a rule not to “frog” my blanket. Frogs make the sound “rip-it” and I will not under any circumstances rip out stitches because I will stress and over think and then it will become a chore not a passion. 

D: You’re amazing, Chrissy. I’m so proud of you that you’ve persevered with this every day. Well done! Keep going, girl!

C: Thank you for the honour of being on your blog, Diane. 

D: Thank YOU for the honour of interviewing you, Chrissy but more importantly, for the joy of our friendship. 

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Chrissy’s intention is to crochet her everyday emotions into her blanket for one full year. What a beautiful reflection of her life this will be!

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    What a great idea and as it turns out, a great encourager

    • Diane (Author)

      I totally agree. Love watching Chrissy create!

  2. This girl has great insight into her illness! I like the idea that she can look back, see the purples, and remind herself that she is doing better than she thinks.

    Nice job, Chrissy!

    • Diane (Author)

      Exactly!

  3. Beautiful idea. Any time we can record a year, insight into our emotions … wow, that’s powerful. A forever keepsake. And a longing to see your favorite color of happiness and joy dominate the rest.

    • Diane (Author)

      Thanks, Shelli. This blanket is so special to Chrissy. I continue to encourage her to stay with it because it’s such a wonderful recording of her emotions. She’s loving every minute of crocheting it!

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