One of the blog ideas I’ve collected is to write about my favourite things. There are themed versions – favourite kitchen things, favourite craft things etc… and I’ll probably do those at some point. But this first version is just things I use in my day to day life.
First up, but in no particular order, are my Clover Amour crochet hooks. The covers are smooth and because they make the hooks thicker they fit in my hand easier. They’re very comfortable to work with. At the moment I have a 4mm and a 5mm because those are the sizes I use most, but eventually I want a full set.
The second item is not a weekly medication sorter, it’s what in it. My antidepressants. My doctor has been adjusting my dose recently and I’m finally on something that appears to be working. The meds do not make me better, but they help me cope with things better. And I am a complete and utter mess without them.
My iPad! I LOVE my iPad.
This is my binder, where I keep my diary and my lists. Lots and lots of lists. And notes. All my notes and lists and plans and everything are in my binder, and it’s probably the first thing I’d grab in a fire.
This is my ankle strap. Since tearing the tendon away from the bone in 2000 (and going back to college before it was properly healed) I’ve always had trouble with it. In 2009 when I was in America I found this strap in CVS Pharmacy and it is a miracle! I’ve always had trouble finding a strap that feels good in the UK, if I could even find one to fit my swollen feet. But this one fits perfectly. I got two while I was out there, and although one is now purple after being accidentally dyed in the washing machine, they still work well. Even when I have a minor little ache in my ankle, wrapping it tight in one of these makes it feel better. I have caused some double takes when I mention going to put my strap on though.
And finally, my Zentangle pens. When I first started Zentangling in December last year I used my Staedtler Triplus Fineliners. I LOVE Staedtler – I have the fineliners, and the felt tips and the pencils. But they are quite expensive, so I looked for other options. I discovered that rollerball pens smudged, and biros weren’t quite smooth enough so I knew I was looking for fine liners. I’d pick up any pack I saw in Poundland or the 99p Store or a cheapy book/craft store I love called The Works. And for a while I had a bunch of different pens. These particular ones come in a three pack from The Works for 99p. And they work wonderfully! Very smooth, and steady. Doesn’t smudge. I liked them so much I went back to buy a bunch more packs before they stopped selling them – it’s the type of store that rotates its stock. And I would keep buying a pack or two whenever I was in there. At one point I had dozens of them! I’m down to about 10 now, but when I get money again I’ll still stock up if they’re still selling them. They’re the best pens I have!