Posted by: tgonzales | July 17, 2013

My Absence


I just wanted to explain to all of you why I have been away. This month it has been 3 years since I started blogging here at Crochet with Tamara and out of those 3 years I have tried to post 3 times a week. But this week I have to tell you my hands are not doing so well. I feel a little like this pile of stuff looks; all messed up.


I think it started with me poking a hole in this lovely zoo animal blanket that Susie gave to me out of her stash. I was so excited to find the Aunt Lydia’s thread called Zebra in my stash and I went on my merry way poking holes.


Then while I was doing my ironing I ran onto this little towel that Susie gave me and decided I would start poking holes in it too. Why I decided to pick up another project before completing the already started zoo animal blanket, I don’t know. What makes any of us do such a thing? I always say that we see something shiny and go towards it. I bet there are other people out there just like me, right? Anyway, my hands, my right thumb, and wrists are now hurting me so bad I can hardly hold anything in them. I just hope my poke-a-hole-in-it days are not over. 😦


Anyway, I did want to share some pictures of my Megan from Saturday and her nervousness on waiting for her first Flower Girl gig. (more on that another day)


She was so cute; she had makeup on, and her hair was so pretty.


But my Megan was so nervous that she didn’t know what to do.


She just couldn’t take it anymore; the stress was way too much, she had to lay her head down. I’m sure I felt the same way in my first flower girl gig. Well, that’s all I have for now, I will be back as soon as I can.


  1. megan looks gorgeous – and sometimes we all have to put our heads down and regroup 🙂
    Hope your hands feel better soon – you got zillions more holes to poke before you’re done !!!

    • Thanks so much Jill! I didn’t want to say anything and oh how I dislike complainers but I had to let everyone know why I had to rest for a while. You always make my day when you comment and you never fail to make me smile! Love you, Tamara

  2. Tamara, I am hoping that your hands feel better real soon. It is no fun having to put all of that crafty energy on hold. But in the meantime, I am sure that you are creating all sorts of nifty project ideas in your head and will be back on track in the near future. Megan looks so grown up with that hair style. I hope the wedding was a great success!

    • Hi Merri!

      Thank you so much for stopping by to comment. It means alot. 🙂 I’m sure my hands will get better soon. I hope you are having smooth sailing on the water. 😉

      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  3. Oh golly, and here I was thinking maybe you went on an impromptu getaway to New York with your hubby to see your son! Sorry that wasn’t the case. And I’m very sorry to hear about your poor hands. I really feel for you. Rest, rest, rest even though I know it is hard. I ended up resting for about 6 months all told when my elbow was so sore) and so far it appears to have worked. As much as I admire all that you do, I think it is more important to take care of yourself now so you can continue to do what you love long term.

    • Hi Jeanne!

      Man I wish I were in New York instead of in pain. I’m sure with a little TLC my hands will be as good as new. Thank you so much for stopping by to comment. It always makes my day.

      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  4. So sorry your hurting. I empathize. I have been having severe pain in both thumbs and my right wrist. About a month ago, I had Dr. orders NOT to crochet or do dishes (what a hardship). Although it hurts some, I can use a needle & thread, and a sewing machine, so have been working mostly on finishing small sewing projects and getting ready for CRAFTAPALOOZA, an art and junk show, at Century II, on Saturday June 27th.
    More info is on facebook.

    Tamara, please see you doctor about this. Ignoring & resting my hand
    has not helped a lot. I saw an Orthopedic specialist last week. He told
    me I have “dreaded” Arthritis in both thumbs. It’s not caused by crochet,
    but crocheting “aggravated” it. At first I ignored the pain until that became impossible. I am getting a cortizone shot in my right wrist next Monday. hopefully that will do the trick.

    The shots helped me in the past with other joint pain. Possible treatment involves surgery. I have had a “tendon release” several years ago and before that carpel Tunnel surgery on both wrists. It was remarkable how much the shots, and later on, surgery helped. I have had very little pain since way back ion the 1980s, until a few months ago.

    Anyway hope it’s better for you, very soon, as I know there are many, MANY cute crochet projects ready and waiting for you and your creative mind

    • Thanks Linda! I know you understand about the pain because you have been through a lot and still suffer from it. And as always it’s so nice of you to stop by to comment. Hugs, Tamara

  5. Hope you are doing better very soon. I know that is painful and not being able to crochet is also painful. Maybe if you quit doing dishes and running the vacuum for a year would help. lol Jerald and I are at the heart hospital today with Sis and her family. The last hourly report said she was doing good-the hole has been repaired and the cardio ablation has been done and they are working on the valve now. Should be coming out of surgery soon. Love you girl. sw

    • Hi Sue! I know I will get better if I can just rest my hands for a little while. I’m so glad that you were able to be at the hospital with Sis and her family. The hours go by much faster when you have someone to talk to. I hope everything went well. I haven’t heard anything since you posted here. Love you too and give Sis a hug from me. Tamara

  6. I am really sorry to hear about your hands. I can begin to imagine how annoying that must be. Megan looks lovely and the photo with her head in her hands shows her beautiful hair off really well.

    • Hi Alice!

      Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to leave me a comment. It means a lot as well you know. I will share more of the wedding photos real soon.

      Hugs, Tamara

      • I will look forward to it 🙂

  7. Awww.. Megan looks beautiful as Flower Girl!.. Love how pretty her hair looks; but yes, any big event such as this can sometimes be overwhelming and tiring, even for the ADULTS!! I hope the event was mostly GOOD times and good memories for her though…. As for your hands, oh dear.. I have worried about this kind of thing myself, and can only imagine how frustrating and upsetting it must be… A prayer is on the way, asking for a speedy healing and recovery for the use of your hands… ((love and big hugs)) ~tina

    • Hi Tina!

      Thank you so much for your prayers and I’m sure they will help along with some rest.

      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  8. Oh you have my sympathy- I have not crocheted for a while now and my elbows feel so much better- nearly well enough to crochet again. Megan- bless her- looks lovely! CathyX

    • Hi Cathy!

      I know my hands will be better as soon as they get a little rest and some Vitamin B6. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. It made my day.

      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  9. Hi Girlfriend!
    Megan’s hairdo is beautiful. I love it! Funny seeing her with makeup — very pretty.
    Glad I did not e-mail you to find out why we hadn’t heard from ya. You did not need extra hand aggravation by answering an e-mail.Sounds like you do not have much choice but to give your hands a rest. I know how tough that will be!! But it will be worth it in the long-run, so please “listen to your hands”. And next time, remember to “not overdo it”. Too much hole-poking does not a happy crocheter make. 😦
    Love & Prayers ~~
    :: Kat ::

    • Hi my Friend!

      I knew you would be worried about me so I had to write a little something to let you know that I was ok. I just needed a little time to rest these old tired hands. Poking holes is so much fun for me but not when it hurts my hands. Thanks so much for the prayers, I think everyone needs a little bit of that every now and then.

      Love you! Tamara

  10. Rest those hands up for another day my friend! Learn what the limitations are and stay within them and you will be able to do whatever you want. You have such an amazing talent and I don’t want you to ever lose it. Hugs and love, Barbara

    • Thanks so much Barbara for the advice and the compliment. I will do my best at resting them because I can’t NOT crochet. 🙂 Love and Hugs, Tamara

  11. HI Tamara
    I’ve nominated you for a blog award

    • Thank you so much Jean. You are so sweet to nominate me for this award. Hugs, Tamara

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