God never gives us more than we can handle. I am a firm believer in what path my life has taken, I was meant to be on this journey. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease 10 years ago. My disease was so progressive and on the cusp of colon cancer; I had to undergo a hand-assisted laproscopic total proctocolectomy with a temporary ileostomy and a J-pouch in 2008. I lived with an ileostomy for some time while my J-pouch healed and had my takedown surgery in February 2009. However, my J-pouch failed, and in November 2010, I underwent another surgery to have a temporary ileostomy for a year in hopes that my J-pouch would heal, but that never happened. I had to have another surgery in September 2011 to make my ileostomy permanent and remove my J-pouch and affected intestine. I now live with a permanent ileostomy. In May 2015, I had to have another surgery to remove approximately 30 centimeters of small intestine in a resection surgery along with a relocation of my ostomy due to a prolapse. Severe complications set in with an internal infection, a subQ leak from my stoma and other issues which nearly cost me my life. More recently, I underwent another surgery to remove the anal area because an abscess had formed internally causing a very critical situation. The doctors felt that removing this area, it would prevent further complications down the line. My medical story keeps writing itself and it never gets easier, but a positive attitude and a life of purpose helps me get through the hardest days. Crochet has been a lifeline.
I began crocheting to pass the time during all the numerous hospital stays I had endured through my journey with Crohn’s disease. Soon this hobby took on a life of its own and I began to crochet as a form of therapy. I love to pick up a hook and start creating. Creating things helps me feel accomplished. I started a mini shop, called YARNutopia, to sell some of my crocheted creations in 2012. A portion of each sale is donated to research to find a cure for inflammatory bowel diseases, a disease that has affected me personally.
Everyone has to deal with the hand they have been dealt. I am no exception to that rule. I just feel that out of something negative, it was vital for me to turn it into something positive, and for me to not allow this disease to take from me more than it already has. I really wish I could do more in my life, but hospital stays and surgeries have stalled some of the progress that I would see my life taking. Being able to crochet and build awareness through my craft is the detour my life took when this disease tried to put some roadblocks in my way. I am extremely thankful that I found this outlet, and I feel better that I am able to give back in this way.
What did I just watch?-I just finished watching the Netflix series The Watcher and sat reeling from it. My very first thought was “What did I just watch?!” It was so baffling it made my head spin! I know it was based on a true story, so I spent a half hour just going down the rabbit hole of […]
Asking a Favor!-I wanted to hop on YARNutopia’s channel to ask a big favor! I NEED your help. In order to monetize my Ambient Sounds (second YouTube Channel) I need AT LEAST 1,000 subscribers and at least 4,000 watched hours. So this is where you can help me out. Go to my other channel here: @Fuad Azmat […]
Happy Halloween 2022 from YARNutopia!-Our Annual Halloween Costume Reveal is here! This year, we have decided on some friendly monster costumes. Nas loves his one-eyed green monster with horns! He was running around trying to catch pretend monsters and pretend he was one too! He’s such a little goofball! Nasir’s costume consists of the crocheted green slip-on with a […]
FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Monster/Alien Stuffed Toy Amigurumi-It’s that time of year again! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Every year, we try to create something unique and fun to share here on YARNutopia. This year is no exception, and we have decided on some friendly monster costumes. For my costume I just made a monster amigurumi doll and wore a […]
FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Toddler Monster Costume-It’s that time of year again! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Every year, we try to create something unique and fun to share here on YARNutopia. This year is no exception, and we have decided on some friendly monster costumes. Nas loves his one-eyed green monster with horns! He was running around trying […]
FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Fuzzy Monster Hat with Horns-It’s that time of year again! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Every year, we try to create something unique and fun to share here on YARNutopia. This year is no exception, and we have decided on some friendly monster costumes. Nate pulls off the big blue monster very well! For his costume, I […]
How to: Create Decor Using Mod Podge-Hi Yarnutopians! I hope your month is off to a great start! I love this time of year and all the festivities it brings. October in Wisconsin has such a wonderful feel to it. The days start to get a bit shorter, colors start to change, and there is a crispness in the air that […]
How To Bake Zucchini Banana Bread-Is your garden bursting with produce? Do you love a great farmers market? Do you love finding ways to disguise fruits and vegetables in your meals? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you have come to the right site! We have the perfect recipe for you!! Come bake with us! Follow […]
Our Introduction!-Hello YARNutopians, Since everyone here knows Nadia so well, and is familiar with her and her craft, Fuad and I wanted to introduce ourselves to this audience. We hope to get to know you more, as well as opening our home and hearts to you, as we take some new direction with YARNutopia. We are […]
Taking A New Direction-Hello Yarnutopians! It has been no surprise that Nadia has had her hands full with Nasir and motherhood. She is extremely busy and has scaled back considerably on her crochet. She is still busy creating and sharing her work, just not at the level you have grown accustomed to. Understandably so. Nasir keeps her on […]
FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Summer Mini Tote-What a fantastic little tote in dual colors! It’s a great bag to end the summer on! It is a cute round handbag that can pack a lot inside. Add a cute button accessory and away you go! Large enough for all your favorite things!! Follow along with this video tutorial to […]
FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Summer Mini Tote-What a fantastic little tote in dual colors! It’s a great bag to end the summer on! It is a cute round handbag that can pack a lot inside. Add a cute button accessory and away you go! Large enough for all your favorite things!! […]
Life is Changing-It’s been quite a while since I have last written an update both regarding my health and also Nasir’s diagnosis of autism. As far as my health goes, I feel I’m in the best place I have been in years. I have occasional setbacks, but over-all I have been feeling very good. I’ve been following […]
FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Boho Throw Blanket-Hot off my hook is my Boho Throw! I started filming this week and kept messing up. My camera wasn’t focused or centered, my microphone was off. So many issues. So I scrapped the video and wrote this VERY EASY pattern. I used Lion Brand Yarn Ferris Wheel for the throw and Lion Brand Skein […]
FREE Crochet Video Tutorial: Catchin’ Waves Crop Top-Warm weather, Beach Days, and the Catching Waves Crop Top are all you need for a fun in the sun summer!! This cute boho top gives all the vibes! Check out the video tutorial and written instructions below. Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this crop top: My […]