Making Lemons for National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness month! I am celebrating Craft Yarn Council style, and I am making lemon stress balls!

This month, we take note of what causes us stress and rid of them in a healthy way. Standing in a slow line? Take it out on a lemon while you wait! Be aware of what stresses you out and find a healthy outlet. My go-to is crocheting, but other crafts work for me too. I try to scrapbook and knit. Whatever floats your boat, maybe you enjoy floating on a boat!


Keep in mind that having a hobby does not mean the stressor goes away permanently. if your taxes are stressing you out for example, settle them ASAP. Neighbors getting on your nerves? Talk to them about the issue, and move on to the proper authorities if they’re not cooperative. Do something to help the situation, constantly running away from it does not always help.

Want to crochet lemons too? The pattern I’m using is linked below.

Check out the hashtag #stitchawaystress on social media to see what others are making for National Stress Awareness month!

  • Pattern: Twinkie Chan’s Lemon
  • Yarn: Loops and Threads Impeccable in xxx; Red Heart Super Saver in Lemon
  • Hook: Clover Soft Touch 4mm

My First Sophie’s Universe Blanket

First project I want to share is a blanket. In mid-2015, I finished this crochet-along (CAL) to see what the hype was all about. Decided to use scrap yarns, and immediately regretted it! It did come out beautiful with lots of compliments from one of my favorite crochet groups on Facebook, but I just knew it could have been more wonderful and definitely much softer had I picked proper yarn!

Upon finishing this CAL, you definitely can’t call yourself a beginner anymore. As long as you know how to read a written pattern and follow video tutorials, this can be a great project to advance your crochet skills. This CAL will teach you front/back post stitches, popcorn and bobble stitches, and surface crochet.

The pattern for Sophie’s Universe (by Dedri of can be found here.

Click the images below to see my first “Sophie” at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park!



Want your own finished Sophie? Use the form below to contact me about personalizing and ordering.