Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Angel wing hugs

My dear friend and next door neighbour is poorly. I don’t think she would mind you knowing that she has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She is only 41 and unable to walk far or even open the car door let alone drive. It has been and continues to be a daily battle to stabilise her pain and deal with her 3 (lovely) children, husband and home. I’m not sure I would cope. I just want to do what I can to help and so have been forcing myself on her from time to time for a chat and hopefully to make her laugh. Things are making progress but its too slow for her and this causes frustration. I am only glad that I can’t see the pain in her face like I could in March, that was frightening.


Anyway, what could I do? Be there and offer help. And…………… Crochet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!That was as much to make me feel better as anything else .


So I made this. She is feeling the cold even in the sweltering heat. The pattern was a freebie I found on  ravelry and I like it because of the border included in the pattern. Each row takes longer and longer as you work up from the bottom. I used 183g of stylecraft life 4 ply (2 balls basically) and a 3mm hook. My projects page on ravelry says that it took 15 days to make, odd hours here and there.


It drapes so well and is soft and light. Here is my attempt at blocking. I am not very good but try as it does make a difference.



I made the huge mistake of trying it on. Oh dear I so wanted to keep it!!!!!

 all parcelled up (2)

But no here it is ready to go

all parcelled up

She loved it and it kept her feet warm while we gossiped chatted. I read that it was the nearest thing to a hug without being a hug and stretched they look like angel wings. So an angel hug cant be bad ey?


  1. What a lovely gift Louise and so beautifully wrapped. I hope your friend's pain improves, after a couple of weeks of my shoulder and arm being painful I can well imagine what the pain of a chronic condition like arthritis can be like and the way it restricts your life. Send her my best wishes.
    Sue xx

  2. What beautiful work, Louise! I don't think I'd ever have the patience for such fine-yarn crochet. It looks wonderful and I think it's so kind of you to make this for your neighbour. :-)

    Caz from Never Knew

  3. Hello again! Once again I can't see what i am typing but i hope it makes sense. LOVE your shawl - It looks so soft and warm and pinky!
    I wish that I could crochet so beautifully!
    Lucy xxx

  4. Beautiful shawl Louise .Such a kind gesture and so practical for your friend.I'm sure it will help her discomfort.
    Thanks for the link to the pattern.
    Jacquie x

  5. What a lovely gift, beatifully made and such a nice thought. Please tell your friend that my husband was diagnosed with R.A in his early forties and he's now in his sixties and it hasn't disabled him in any way, but he had to give up all sport (his joints ached) except swimming apart from that his hands are showing the classic signs of R.A and his grip is poor. He does get tired quickly too. Luckily He responded to the right drugs at the beginning of his diagnosis and they have kept his R.A from making him disabled, and helped keep him relativly pain free. Apart from some daily drugs he is also on a very strong drug once a week called methatrexate,( hope that's the right spelling) it's used for cancer patients ( in much higher doses of course) and for psoriasis, if your friend is offered this one tell her it's been very beneficial to my husband. I do hope they sort the right treatment for her, it's a terrible disease.
    I hope this helps a bit.

  6. OOh that was nice of you louise. I bet it really cheered her up.
    What a kind person you are!
    Your work is so lovely I'm sure she loved it.
    Hugs to you Suex

  7. Hi Louise, thanks for leaving a reply on my craft blog. I am so glad that your friend is on Methatrexate as it's been great at stopping my husbands R.A from progressing too fast. He leads a very normal life and it didn't stop him working (he is retired now though). We know how she feels about the depressing fact that it's forever, bizarrely I took the diagnosis worse than my husband even though I don't have it. He is so laid back he almost falls over !! so I think a positive attitude is the best one to have. Hopefully there will be a cure in the near future, please give her my best wishes.
    I love your blog and your crochet is fab. I see you garden and grow veg as well. If you get some time visit my allotment blog :
    Have a great week-end.

  8. Beautiful work, Louise. I want to make one too! Thankx for the link. Best wishes for your friend.

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