It takes crocheting a lot of samples to come up with workable rope patterns. I have some wonderful bead faeries who do a lot of it, but when it comes down to the wire, I need to see myself that what I have on paper actually works with the beads.
Finally, after misdiagnosis, no diagnosis, Doctor head scratching, more tests and more than one specialists referral ... they are pretty sure that I have a severe case of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Why me, at my age, all of a sudden? Who knows . . . There are so many people out there who have this, live with it and manage it. I can do no less. Give me time to get this all sorted out and I hope to be back to beading.
I won't dwell on it, nor bore you with any of the details of what's working and not working. However everyone that's asked for future patterns, books, workshops and string-alongs needs to know why I've been so very quiet and non-productive. Getting old just isn't for wimps, is it? When I feel I can, the first thing I'll do will be a new string-along.