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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Personal Update
    1. Recent Pain Issues
    2. Medical Concerns
  3. Call for Support
    1. Linda's Health Situation
    2. Judy's Difficulties
    3. Tori's Experience with COVID-19
  4. Funny Moment from a Live Session
  5. Crochet Tutorial Tips
    1. Sizing the Cruella de Vil Sweater
    2. Adjustments for Blanket Yarn
  6. Hat Making and Tutorial Plans
  7. Craft Fair Opportunities
    1. Different Craft Fair Requirements
    2. Cost Considerations
    3. Preparing for Craft Fairs
  8. Supportive Partner and Craft Fair Preparations
  9. Conclusion


Welcome back, yarnabees! Today, I have a lot to share with you about recent happenings in my life, some exciting crochet projects, and upcoming craft fair opportunities. So, grab your hooks and let's dive in!

Personal Update

Recent Pain Issues

I must apologize for my absence over the past few days. The weather has been gloomy and rainy, coinciding with an increase in my pain levels. What started as back pain has now spread throughout my body, affecting my wrists, hands, elbows, neck, and even my toes. It's been a challenging time for me, and I'm considering reaching out to my doctor for tests related to rheumatoid arthritis. The discomfort has been so intense that even lying in bed has become painful. It's frustrating not knowing what's causing these symptoms, but I'm hopeful for answers soon.

Call for Support

On top of dealing with my own health issues, I want to draw your attention to some fellow crocheters who could use our love and support. Linda, a beloved crochet sister, recently experienced a massive heart attack and is in need of our prayers. Although she is out of the hospital, she is still looking rough, and I'm genuinely concerned about her well-being. I urge you to watch her video and send her some yarny love to let her know how much we care.

Additionally, Judy from Witchy Stitchy Craft has been going through a rough time. She had a bad fall that left her face swollen, and her dog got into a fight. Let's rally together and show her some yarny love as well. The links to both Linda's and Judy's videos will be provided below, so please take a moment to reach out to them.

Tori from Paulie's Crochet has also faced challenges as she contracted COVID-19 again. However, she is almost finished with her self-isolation period. Let's send some love her way and show her our support during this tough time.

Funny Moment from a Live Session

Let me share a little lighthearted moment with you from a recent live session. I was chatting with Tori and Patsy from Patsy's Crochet, discussing my current crochet project. In my excitement, I made a few misspellings, which turned out to be quite hilarious. I blame Natalie from Natalie's Closet for this distraction, as she shared a video featuring crochet pillows in the shape of male appendages and bosoms. I couldn't resist showing them to my daughter, and now she even ordered one! With that in mind, I may need to don some pasties for added flair. During the live session, I mistakenly spelled Patsy's name as "pasty" due to this conversation, resulting in a good laugh for all involved. Sorry, Patsy!

Crochet Tutorial Tips

Now, let's move on to some crochet tutorial advice. During one of my live sessions, Patsy inquired about sizing for the Cruella de Vil sweater tutorial I previously shared. When customizing the sweater length, measure from your desired starting point and take the measuring tape over your shoulder and to the back at the same spot as the front measurement. Additionally, measure from under your bra or armpit across your breasts to determine the width of the sweater. These measurements should guide your chain length, but keep in mind that using blanket yarn will add weight, causing the sweater to stretch slightly. Consider leaving an inch or so of leeway, particularly for the sleeves, to account for this stretch. When trying on the sweater, take note of where you want the cuff to fall to ensure a perfect fit.

Hat Making and Tutorial Plans

Recently, I completed a new crochet hat, and I can't help but find myself looking amusing whenever I wear it. While I'm unsure if I will create a tutorial for this particular hat, as it features basic v-stitches, I'm considering redoing the hats in my Etsy shop. This way, you can physically see how they look, as the current pictures were taken before I ventured into the YouTube world. Back then, I wasn't comfortable being on camera, but now that I am, it seems fitting to update the images. What do you all think about this idea? Let me know!

Craft Fair Opportunities

Craft fair season is approaching, and I've been presented with a few opportunities that I'd like to share with you. The first craft fair allows unvaccinated vendors, while requiring vaccinated patrons to present their vaccination cards. This raises some confusion for me, but I've decided to participate. It's a four-day event, with the second day spanning eight hours. I'm still trying to wrap my head around how I'll manage through such a long day, but I'm up for the challenge. The following week, there's another craft fair that doesn't allow unvaccinated individuals inside the building but permits them to set up outside under a covered area. It might be necessary to bring a tent to create a sheltered space for our booth. This fair is spread over two days and will test our resilience.

Additionally, there's a tempting but pricey craft fair that takes place over four days in an old Sears building. The organizers classify it as a retail event, meaning vaccination is not required for vendors. However, the entry fee for this fair is a staggering $500. I'm torn about whether it's worth investing such a significant amount of money. I'm also uncertain about the turnout given last year's circumstances, where people were hesitant to touch or try on anything. The fear of not selling anything and losing a substantial amount of money is daunting. But, I feel the need to try something new to alleviate my growing inventory. Worst case scenario, I'll pitch a tent in front of my house and host a mini trunk sale. What are your thoughts on these craft fair dilemmas?

Supportive Partner and Craft Fair Preparations

I must express my gratitude for my partner, George, who provides invaluable support during craft fairs. His assistance with heavy lifting, selling, and being there for me emotionally makes it easier for me to participate. Despite the physical challenges I face during these events, his presence makes them more manageable. I am incredibly fortunate to have him by my side.

As I anticipate the craft fairs, stress levels naturally rise. Between ongoing pain and the demands of these events, it becomes a mentally and physically taxing period for me. However, I understand the importance of putting my work out there. At the same time, the uncertainty surrounding attendees' behaviors and the potential impact on sales adds an extra layer of anxiety. But, as they say, there's no gain without risk. I will do my best and hope for positive outcomes.


Thank you all for sticking around and joining me today. I appreciate your continued support and understanding during these challenging times. Remember to visit Linda, Judy, and Tori's channels to offer them some yarny love and encouragement. Stay tuned for more updates on my crochet projects and adventures in the craft fair world. Until next time, happy crocheting!


Q: What craft fairs are you participating in? A: I will be partaking in a four-day craft fair that allows unvaccinated vendors and a two-day fair where unvaccinated individuals can set up outside the building.

Q: Are there any vaccination requirements for craft fair attendees? A: The first craft fair requires vaccinated patrons to show their vaccination cards, while the second fair only permits vaccinated individuals inside the building.

Q: Will you be making tutorials for your new hat designs? A: I am currently undecided about creating a tutorial for my latest hat design, but I am considering redoing the hats in my Etsy shop to provide updated visuals.

Q: How are you preparing for the craft fairs physically and mentally? A: I am taking each day as it comes and making sure to rest and manage my pain levels. Mentally, I am trying to stay positive and focus on the potential opportunities at the craft fairs. My partner's support is also crucial in easing the demands of these events.

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