Why I craft and why I want to share that with you
There is something to be said for being able to sit down with your own thoughts and working through some things while also creating something you or someone else will enjoy. This is what I usually do when I’m crafting things. I am thinking of how the design will work, or how things should be stitched up, but mostly, it’s me and my thoughts. As the needle is piercing the fabric, I am meditating and working through the random thoughts that pass through my mind. As I hear the rhythmic sound of my knitting needles clicking and the feel of the soft yarn passing through my fingers, I’m working through how to be a better mom and a better person. I think through the events of the day and my reaction to said events. I’m thinking about what awaits me in the future, how I would like my future to look and how to make that happen. This is something I have always enjoyed about the creative process, even as a kid; the ability to be perfectly alone in my thoughts and not have to explain to anyone that I’m perfectly content being alone.
I have been crafting things in one form or another since I was a kid. I remember when my mother was pregnant with my baby brother, she taught me how to embroider baby blankets for him, some of which I have now for my kids. I was about 8 years old at the time. She sat me down and taught me what needed to be done, the different stitches, how to thread a needle, how to start and finish the stitches. I was also taught to cross-stitch, crochet, latch hook and sew on a machine. Anything to keep my hands busy really.
Since my mother worked, I would spend summers at my grandmother’s house while she worked. As much as I love my grandmother, spending the whole day at her house could get pretty boring. It’s unbearably hot in the summers here, so you can only spend so much time outside before you’re dying of heat, therefore, I would find ways to keep myself entertained indoors with my crafting. I always made sure that I had a craft project that I could be working on because otherwise, I would just be sitting around watching TV all day and that’s never good.
As an adult, I taught myself to knit, spin yarn on a wheel and a drop spindle, and am always perfecting my machine sewing skills and learning different ways to get better, more professional looking results because I learned as a kid the joy and feeling of accomplishment I would get from finishing projects and learning new things as I did so.
Because of all this knowledge I have gained over the years, I can look at clothing and understand how it was constructed and the type of fabric that was used, and how the fabric was made. This also means that I can recreate clothes if I wanted to for the cost of materials and gain the satisfaction in knowing that I made something myself that I can enjoy or my kids can enjoy and in certain aspects, be able to save some money. The same can’t be said for knitting because good yarn can get really pricey, but you can save some money sewing your own clothes as opposed to paying an exorbitant amount of money just for a certain brand name you like.
My husband thinks its silly at times. He’ll say, “why are you going to make something when you can buy it and not waste your time?” He says this mostly for things like hand knit socks or when I bake my own bread, but it’s truly something that I enjoy doing and feel fulfilled from. I actually have a huge collection of knit socks, and I love them all. They are the most comfortable socks I own, but they honestly cost more to make in yarn then if I had just purchased an 8 pack of cotton socks at Target. It’s not the same though. Those knit socks are colorful, they are patterned, and they were knit specifically for my feet and fit me well. They are thick and keep my feet warm when it’s cold out because they are knit from a soft wool. Knowing that I made these socks feels special to me. Each sock was knit while I worked through issues I had going on in my mind. They helped me relax when I was stressed. They helped me get through the loss of my child when I miscarried. They also helped me grieve the death of my brother and my uncle when they unexpectedly passed. They’ve gotten me through rough times.
Lately, the things I craft not only bring me an immense amount of joy, but they are created with joy because I make items for my kids knowing they will be excited to wear them. I make tutu’s for my daughter knowing she will run around the house twirling, or I’ll sew her Minnie Mouse inspired clothes and I know she will fight me to take it off because she loves them so much. I get happy knowing they are happy, so when I make things for people, like the Mermaid shell bra I made recently, or the Unicorn tutu for a clients first birthday, I put an immense amount of love and joy into them because I know they will be treasured like I have treasured what I’ve made for my kids.