Amanda is an active blogger, writer, and general illuminator of interesting thoughts. Over the years we've swapped recipes, patterns and ideas... but this week she has a doozy!
Amanda suffers from endometriosis, like many women (diagnosed and undiagnosed) around the world. Bringing trouble into the light of day, bringing knowledge and hope with it is one of her special talents. She asked me to participate as a guest blogger with the hope that we might be able to combine her talent, endo awareness and my crochet.
The exact same pattern can also be used to make a tote bag (by attaching a strap), and I’ve included a pattern for a small pocket purse for carrying personal items as well (because you know we all do!).
This technique is called "illusion crochet". I thought it appropriate for this particular purpose not only because it’s cool, but because it is symbolic. If you look at it one way, it’s simply striped, but change your point of view and the ribbon appears... your awareness changes!
Most of the things that trouble us are things we can see better if we just change our perspective a little.
You can find the free pattern here. I wrote it with beginner crocheters in mind so don’t let the look intimidate you if it is a new technique. If you get stuck you can reach me by posting your question here.
We’ve also come up with a way for you to win this one from me!
And here's how you can find out more about endometriosis... knowledge is power!