Makers and the Power of Choice
I think everyone could benefit from a little splash of color in their lives – especially right now.
Color is what guides me through my knitting. Typically, I pick a yarn first, and then I pick a pattern so I can let the yarn’s textures and colors inspire and influence what I create. Some people are process artists, while others do it for the finished objects. For me, I would say it is a mix of both, but most importantly it is about what the yarn calls for me to do.
While, of course it may be frivolous to just purchase yarn and not have any idea what to do with it, I believe that if you love the colors and textures enough, you will find something to do with it. Now, this isn’t a blog to persuade you into going out and bringing home a whole new stash, but rather the purpose is to allow for space to reflect on what guides you to craft. The power of creating and putting a piece of yourself into the things you make can foster feelings of accomplishment and individuality. Choice is a powerful thing, and makers are supreme when it comes to that.
The fiber arts are known for their therapeutic values and “creative act[s] such as crafting can help focus the mind, and has even been compared to meditation due to its calming effects on the brain and body” (Stahl 2018). The repetition of motion in knitting and crocheting makes me feel calm and helps clear my mind of negative thoughts. "Repetitive creative motions like knitting, drawing, or writing help activate flow, and are all tasks that create a result. And when you succeed at creating a result, no matter what it is, your brain is flooded with dopamine" (Stahl 2018).
Maybe the fiber arts to you is making people happy. Making gifts for loved ones or for donation can feel so rewarding; getting to help people by doing something you love not only helps others, but helps yourself as well.
The bottom line is to make whatever excites you or makes you happy at that moment. If something becomes a chore don’t feel guilty about pushing it to the side to begin something new.
"Here's How Creativity Actually Improves Your Health:" https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2018/07/25/heres-how-creativity-actually-improves-your-health/#1e8c4bcf13a6