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Pain relief that doesn't come from a bottle
Created By: Michele Michener

In June, 2006, I fell and injured my ankle. Because it didn't heal as the doctor expected, I opted for a surgical repair in February, 2007. I had expected a six week recovery, but six months and three additional surgeries later, I've finally JUST begun to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

Over the past months, the pain was getting the best of me and I felt that I needed a way to keep my mind focused on something other than how much I hurt. I tried counted cross-stitch, but my eyes aren't as strong as they used to be, and it was no longer enjoyable. I had learned to knit and crochet as a child, so I asked a friend to buy me some yarn, a crochet hook, and directions for granny squares. I began working on those squares, and although I tried not to complain about the pain, my husband said he could always tell when I was in pain because I crocheted even more intensely.

Shortly thereafter, another friend arrived at my door with a prayer shawl from her church. She placed it over my shoulders and said, "This is a hug from God. When you're feeling your worst, wrap this around you and know that people care for you and are praying for you." She explained that the women's group at her church participates in a prayer-shawl ministry, using Lyon brand Homespun yarn because it's so beautiful and soft. They keep the stitches simple so they can pray while they knit. I often used the comfort from that shawl, and in no time at all, I had added knitting to my list of activities.

Between knitting and crocheting, I've made a shawl, baby hat, cotton washcloths, and have a couple different afghans in progress. But I find that I need some help with converting written directions into actual stitches, so I'm going to try to find a local group of stitchers to give me some pointers. I might even just get in touch with the church group, but I got the impression that they were beginners like me.

I've always kept busy with crafting/sewing over the years, but this craft is portable and I've found my new passion. I'm back to work now, but have to elevate my foot every evening when I get home. I can take my project to any room in the house, in the car on long trips to the doctor, and in the waiting rooms. My projects aren't perfect, but I'm not sure I would have retained my sanity without the abilty to keep my hands and mind busy with my knitting and crocheting. I hope my story can reach someone in emotional or physical pain, and get them started on this wonderful hobby.

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