Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pattern Updates and Other Stuff

Happy Saturday everyone!

Oh my goodness, I've got a lot done this past week!  It feels really awesome to be crocheting and writing patterns once again.
Health update:
As some of you know, I've been pretty sick. Without going into the horrifying details, it started last year in September and continued on and off until just lately. I was finally diagnosed with ulcerative colitis on May the 11th. It is a brutal auto immune disease but I feel pretty good now. I'm on medications that are helping, thank goodness.

The only issue I've been dealing with since leaving the hospital is low hemoglobin, which was down to 70 just last Tuesday, which explains a lot, lol. 70 is considered
critical. Man, I was feeling weak, good, but super weak!
A couple doctors wanted to give me a blood transfusion while I was in the hospital when it dropped to 74 but 2 specialists said no, it's too risky for me. I wasn't even able to take iron until 3 days ago! I can't wait for it to totally kick in. I'm also on a wait list for an iron transfusion, which will make me feel wonderful I'm sure.

I'm working slow but steady:
Just crocheting a few rows my arms felt like I had been lifting weights. I would crochet some rows, take a break and write instead then crochet a few rows and write some more. It took forever. I thought it was because I was tapering off of steroids but I was wrong, low blood will make anyone feel weak and tired like that.
I needed distractions so I ended up working on different patterns at the same time. The large Cuddle Me Puppy felt like a marathon so taking breaks to write other patterns was a very good idea, it helped a lot.

With all that said, slow and steady wins the race. I got 2 patterns posted now, yahoo! I'm so pleased.

Here's the patterns I have posted:
Cuddle Me Puppy. This guy is very big and cuddly. The perfect size for hugging. You can get the written pattern here. There is also a full video tutorial for putting the puppy together, view the playlist on youtube here.

And the Miniature puppy. I also call them "Pocket Puppies"  My daughter named the white one Kevin, lol I don't know why.. but it's a good name and makes me giggle too :) They're tiny, between 2 and 3.5 inches tall, depending on type of yarn you choose. Although they look similar to the large puppy, they are a completely different pattern.

No videos for the tiny puppies yet, however, I did link a couple of  short videos in the pattern that will help you get through the feet and the muzzle. Pick up the written pattern here.

Coming up:
The outfit for the Cuddle me Puppy. I'll be posting a pair of shorts, a shirt, collar and a bone. Excuse this photo, the outfit was still a work in progress here.

I also designed a couple new members for the Little Bigfoot gang. I'm so very excited for those!! Here's a group photo of all the LBFs that I actually started designing in 2012. I redesigned them in 2014-2015 to make them bigger and a bit easier. The originals (not pictured) were much smaller.  Most of them have video tutorials too.You can get all their pattern links here

Here's the new members of the LBFs on the way. A LBF Hippo, puppy and kitty!  I'm working on them after I get the outfit posted I mentioned earlier, however, all 3 patterns are mostly done already so it won't take too long after I get the clothing pattern up.

The Little Bigfoot Hippo is one of the originals but I never got around to revising that pattern, until now! Click here to see what he looked like back in 2012, he was much smaller back then!
The puppy and kitty were never part of the original gang so they are new additions.

Also, I did promise the tiny bear pattern too.. so he's coming as well. In fact, he's what inspired the tiny puppy which led to the large puppy which led to the LBFs. See how it goes.  One just leads to another to another!

One last thing,
I'm now adding closed captions to all my videos. CCs are a wonderful thing. They not only help the hearing impaired but that also enables people to choose any language they need it in! Mind you, google translate is terrible but it does help. 

CCs are open to contributors on my older videos, I can't caption those right now and design at the same time. There isn't enough hours in a day. A person doesn't have to do a whole video either. I know that my older videos are very long and that would be a huge job indeed. On youtube there are people who'll do part and then leave the rest up to others to finish, every little bit helps!
Click here for the instructions, and here for the list of my videos open to the public.

I think that about covers the updates for now. See you soon!

  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and help keep the patterns free. If you do give a donation, please accept this note as my sincere thanks and know that you have helped a great deal.
Many Blessings to you!

Copyright 2017 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved 

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  1. I'm amazed that you accomplish so much while fighting health issues. Praying for your continued improvement and strength to continue doing what you so obviously love!

  2. Thank you so much, I appreciate the prayers for sure.

    I love doing what I do, it actually helps a lot. When I was super sick and couldn't make anything or crochet anything I would dream about it!

    Now I'm able and life is good :)

    1. I just read about your health issues. I know I am a year, plus behind, but I really hope you are well and not having any more issues. Love your patterns and I am in awe of your talent. Prayers for continued good health.

  3. Hope you're feeling better , thanks for the amazing patterns (working my way through the cuddle puppy) x

  4. Hi Sharon! I was waiting to see which little big foots were next and I'm super excited to try all three! I am working on cuddly puppy right now and my 2 year old is super excited. My dad is going to build me a shelf for my other amis so I can finally display them! Did you know that lemon and lavender essential oils are both good for your blood? I hope you continue to be better! Prayers!!♡♡♡♡

  5. So glad you're feeling better! Thanks for the puppy pattern. He/she is adorable!

  6. Oh wow, ulcerative colitis sounds incredibly painful and frustrating. I had no idea you were battling so much! It's such a relief you're now feeling better and getting the treatment you need. The fact that you're still pumping out patterns and creating videos is a testament to how much you love this craft (and what a total professional you are). I've been battling sleep deprivation and the mommy blues, but that's nothing in comparison. Thanks so much for continuing to share and inspire and bring together this wonderful crochet community with your endless imagination and gigantic heart! xxoo You're amazing!!!

  7. Hello Sharon, I'm so glad you are feeling better! It is amazing that you were able to work up these patterns while not your best. I love all you patterns and tutorials.

  8. Am praying for you fast recovery. I know the struggles of feeling sick. For the last 7 years my health hasn't been good. I have good days and great days. My good days are the ones that are not so good (I just don't want to say I don't feel good). It took a long time before we where told my condition. Last year I was loosing my eyesight very rapidly. Thanks to God we found 2 excellent doctors. After 4 surgeries am doing great. The hard part was not crocheting or knitting, the hardest was seeing the concern in my family. Everyday is a new day, everyday is a new beginning. �� BELIEVE ��
    Thanks for all the patterns. Am working on the cuddle puppy. Can't wait to do the mini.

  9. Get well soon sweet lady!! I feel safe in saying we all adore you and your beautiful crochet tutorials and patterns. Hugs!!

  10. i hope you get well soon.
    i'll be sending love and light to you

  11. Thinking of you and praying you will soon be feeling better. Thank you for sharing your beautiful patterns.

  12. I just love your patterns, you make them so easy to follow thank you for new ones

  13. I just saw this. SO glad you're getting better and know what's going on with your body. Keep healthy! Rest, and crochet! LOL

  14. Sharon,

    You poor thing! I hope you start feeling well soon. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful little creations with all of us. They make me happy just looking at them. I'll bet they make you feel happy making them. Keep up the good work. Sending love and best wishes your way!

    - Momma Cat

  15. When I read your story it brought me to tears. I had a short bout with colon inflammation and it was the worse pain ever. My situation was cleared up with antibiotics thank God but it gave me a new appreciation for my health and the health of others. I pray for your continued good health and thank you so much for sharing your talent as well as your personal struggle with your health. God Bless and watch over you as you continue to get better.

    1. aww, so happy you were able to get treatment that took care of it!
      Thank you so much for the prayers and the thoughts of concern, you touched my heart.

      Many blessings!

  16. I added CC to the bunny pom pom video. I actually completely edited what was already on there because some of it was wrong.

    1. wow! Thank you so much, Mariah! I just reviewed ans published.
      I appreciate that :)

    2. You're welcome. :)
      It isn't perfect but I tried my best. It's the least I can do, considering you provide these amazing patterns for free.
      I love those bunnies. I've made a few of them to place with my doll collection.
      I hope you feel better.

  17. I'm new to your website and your amazing little crocheted friends inspire me to make them! My mom has been dealing with ulcerative colitis since she was pregnant with me and for the past two decades. (She had me at 28 and is now in her early forties). I'm in my mid-teens and I see what she goes through, and I pray for a recovery for you. My mom prays I don't get it. I don't wish it on my worst enemy. I am not trying to scare you, but I want you to know that you are loved and you have touched so many people. I do not know you personally or your situation but my heart goes out to you, and you have inspired me in so many ways - including starting my own crochet blog as well as coming up with my own patterns. The first stuffed animal I crochet from your blog will be in honor of not only my mom but you as well. Much love.
    P.S. how do I make an account?

  18. I have Crohns and know what it is like especially with low iron. The transfusions do a world of good and you feel much better with them I have had a fair bit of my bowel removed so no more pain. Good luck and keep on doing what you enjoy

  19. Oh my word! I sure hope you feel better soon. Have researched this condition a lot as suspect someone close to me has it :-( Wishing you all the best x Lou

  20. I just read this! I'm so sorry about your health problems! I'm very glad the doctors know what's wrong. Keep taking the meds and get lots of rest! Your health is very important for you and your family...and especially your fans!!!

  21. I just read this too and I hope your health is improving. My elderly father had ulcerative colitis and they kept him on steroids for a year which never seemed to help. Finally after going back to what his old doctor said- taking a glass of Citrucel every morning (fiber), he was helped. He was 6 ft tall and down to under 100 lbs by then, poor guy. I hope you are doing better, my heart goes out to you!

    1. My heart goes out to your father. What a brutal thing to go through. I could never have imagined the nightmare that is unless I went through it myself.

      I'm still on steroids. I recently had a minor flare up but nothing that I couldn't handle. I quickly stopped eating a certain food and that helped clear things up. I'm super sensitive to what I eat.
      I'm still on steroids too. I go off soon though and will start another treatment. Fingers crossed that one does the trick!
      I'm doing much better, I feel good and my energy is up.

      I wish your father all the best. I'm so glad the fiber has helped him some. If there was anything I could say to him, it would be to stay away from all processed foods and all gluten. I do and I think it has saved my colon so far.

      I recently thought it would be okay to try some kettle chips since I was feeling so good. They're gluten free and not so bad, so I thought anyway. I was wrong.It flared me up within a day or so of eating them. It's a shame we can't enjoy these things but they're so not worth the price we pay.

      Anyway, I do appreciate your message and the well wishes, that means a lot! And again, all the best to your father. I hope he soon finds complete relief from this dreadful disease.