Remember back in January when our biggest goals were to lose fifteen pounds, use up our overflowing yarn stash and spend less time watching Instagram stories?
Yeah, me too.
The year 2020 started innocently enough, but it has been nothing but an emotional rollercoaster for the entire world.
During this “season of stress”, folks are turning to hobbies to help relieve some of that pent up anxiety and energy.
I’m so thankful that I discovered crocheting back in 2016, during a very difficult time for my own family.
Since then, my love for crocheting has grown and expanded into knitting, something I never thought I would master.
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I’ve become a bit of an evangelist when it comes to creativity. Since I came to it a bit later in life, I don’t want others to wait so long to tap into that amazing part hidden deep within themselves.
So I continue to write and make YouTube videos every week with the hope that others will discover these amazing yarn crafts and help themselves in the process.
I seriously cannot get enough of this stuff.
My entry for The Crafties 2019 hosted by LoveCrafts.com, focused on how crafting helped me cope with stress as well as my changing role as a mom to adult children.
What I continue to love about crocheting and knitting is that it’s like the friend that knows just what you need, when you need it.
Although this year has been very stressful, indeed, the reasons #whyimake have evolved.
While I’m not a mom of little ones anymore, I still have such a great affection for children.
Their innocent questions, need for hugs and cute pudgy hands pull at my heartstrings. On the rare occasion that I’ve been able to witness for myself when a child receives one of my handmade toys, brings me great joy.
To see their little eyes light up with surprise and happiness is truly a gift.
My oldest child, Meghan, is a piano teacher and a very good one indeed. She is in the second year of her PhD studies for Music Education at the University of Missouri. Go Tigers!
I knit her a little bunny last Christmas that ended up looking remarkably like her as a child, as much as a knitted bunny can resemble a human being. And of course we named the rabbit, Meg-Bunny.
Do you see the resemblance?
Meghan now uses her bunny to teach young students how to play the piano.
She employs Meg-Bunny to demonstrate how to have the correct posture. She places the bunny on their shoulders and challenges them not to let Meg-Bunny fall off.
During this unprecedented time of quarantine she also uses the little knitted bunny to give her students high-fives and hugs because they can’t have any physical contact.
Alex Needs a Bunny
Last week my daughter told me about one of her little students named Alex. Alex is not yet six years old and he adores Meg-Bunny.
Alex and his family have recently moved to the United States from Bulgaria. Alex loves to talk about his grandmother back in his native country and he loves to give Meg-Bunny hugs.
One day he came into his piano lesson and noticed that Meg-Bunny was laying on her side. He came right up to my daughter and whispered, “Is Meg-Bunny sweeping?”
At first my daughter wondered what he meant by “sweeping” and then realized he was trying to be as quiet as a mouse because Alex thought Meg-Bunny might be sleeping.
She knew right then and there that Alex needed his very own bunny.
And thank goodness, she knows someone who can make that happen.
For Alex’s new bunny I’ve decided to experiment with some new yarn. Eeeeeekkkk!!
I’m going for a fuzzy body and clean cotton clothing. I’m hoping the contrast will look exactly as it does in my head.
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I made a small swatch and I am already in luuuuuurve with the fuzzy combination of lambwool and kid mohair.
For the clothing I am will be experimenting with DMC Natura Just Cotton. This is a splitty yarn, which I don’t love, but it comes in so many different colors and the matte finish is gorgeous and that’s all that matters to me.
As always, I will let you know how my research and development turn out. I like how professional that sounds.
All of that brings me to the second reason for #whyimake. Experimenting with new materials and techniques keeps creativity exciting and new.
Whether I’m learning a different knitting stitch, trying a new pattern or designing an amigurumi toy, the experimentation process is part of the creative journey.
And. I. Am. Here. For. It.
I honestly didn’t realize until fairly recently that I struggle with self-care. I have to battle the thoughts that make me feel selfish for doing something just for me.
This is my third reason for #whyimake. I’m learning to care for myself through craft. I’m enjoying it way more than I thought I would.
I’ve recently started my very first knitted shawl just for myself. And I can barely put it down to do anything else…..#myhouseisdirty.
I didn’t fully understand how making something just for me would make me feel. Yes, it’s a little decadent. It’s a little extravagant, but right now that’s just what I need.
As always, I will be sharing a full review of the project once it is finished
Why Do You Make?
What are some of the reasons that you make? Do you knit for stress relief? Do you crochet to show your love for your family?
I would love to know how crafting helps you.
I know crafting isn’t going to save the world, but it can help one person at a time and I think that’s pretty darn great.