I know some of you had a long weekend with their families – I hope you had fun!
This weekend I was rereading the interviews I did with all the amazing crafters – World Crafters. I asked all of them what their craft meant to them and what “gifts” they get from it. I love their honest and open answers and it is amazing how sometimes such simple little things as a handmade craft can change so much in your life!
As for me one of the greatest gifts I got from the craft is the desire to learn, not for work, not for school, not for university, but just for myself. Here are some random things I learned from knitting.
Things I Learned Because of Knitting
- Value my time. Before knitting I used to come home from the university/work, do something here and there and all of a sudden realize that it was already late, I have to go to bed to get enough sleep before the next day. Right now I am much more conscious about my time and organize it is much better, because I want to fit in as much creativity as I can into my daily life!
- Photography. I am definitely not a professional photographer and I have tons to learn, but because I really wanted to capture the texture, color and overall beauty of a handmade piece, of yarn or to visually share some knitting/crochet techniques, the words “exposure”/”shutter speed”/”aperture” mean at least something to me now and I am fascinated and eager to learn more and more!!! Before knitting I was absolutely indifferent to photography, but right now I have my favorite photographers whose work I admire and would love to learn more about this form of art.
- Being more open. Most of the time I am an introvert. Though I love working with people, my happiest place is being alone with nature or at home. I used to be very suspicious of social media platforms and only after I started knitting, I realized how much I wanted to meet new friends to share my passion with!
- Being more aware of slow fashion. During my university years I was slightly obsessed with Vogue, I loved this visual library of textiles and forms, but I never looked at them from the maker’s perspective. I am still fascinated by it, but right now I am more interested in the story behind a piece of garment. This is why I love so much Knitting Inspiration series – it is not just about fashion, but about people who put their heart and soul into their work!
- You can learn anything if you want to philosophy. I was brought up in the post Soviet Union society where the change of a life path or professional path was frowned upon. It was a common philosophy to believe that if you are bad at math at school, you are definitely a humanitarian and you should stay so for the rest of your life 🙂 I am so happy I shook this off and I feel so much more free and open minded.
- Being more fiber conscious. I am very careful now when choosing clothes in the store. I almost never wear synthetics right now and always try to opt for natural materials. I am also extremely interested in all the diversity of fiber out there, I love researching about their origin, properties and use!
- Mistakes are the lessons, not failures. Life is amazing, isn’t it? You learn such big things from such simple little things as a handcraft. But I got the philosophy of looking at mistakes in my life as something that I need to experience in order to learn something rather than a drawback, it may sound ridiculous, but this realization came to me through knitting and is spread in all areas of my life now.
I would love to ask you what did you learn from knitting (crochet, spinning, weaving, sewing, painting, embroidery…)?
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Have a wonderful day today!