Haste. The sickness of our time. Technology has changed our lives from the simple, slow life, to a fast paced battle to survive. The more technology advances, the faster the pace becomes. We live in an instant world, where everybody wants instant gratification and instant results. It is with great sadness, that I have witnessed this mindset, creeping into the crafting world. Let me give you some examples:
The crocheter who admired the knitted shawl in the shop: “I don’t knit. It takes too long to make something.”
The knitter who admired the sock weight yarn in the shop: “I don’t knit with anything thinner than DK; it takes too long.”
The weaver who wants to start a new project: “I hate warping my loom. I wish I can just sit and weave.”
The once-upon-a-time-knitter: “I miss knitting, but I don’t have time anymore.”
I think we all need to stop and think this through.
Working with yarn is therapeutic, but if you rush through the process, only focusing on the end result, all the therapeutic qualities are lost. In fact, you will increase your stress levels with this mindset, instead of allowing your craft, to lower your stress levels.
Stop and smell the yarn. Seriously. Smell your yarn. Touch your yarn lovingly. Look at the colours as you are working. Every now and them, put it all down and admire it from a small distance. Look intently at how you form your stitches. See how the colours of the yarn play around in the project. Embrace every part of the project, as part of the therapeutic process. Don’t rush towards the finish line, instead, enjoy the journey. The entire journey. Everything that is part of it. Planning the project. Choosing the yarn. Choosing the colours. Starting the project. Working on the project. Finishing the project. Everything is part of the therapy and should be enjoyed as such.
When I launched my own spinning wheel, as part of the Ilona Wooden Range, I named it Ilona-Mary. We all need more Mary moments, in a Martha world.
Take your life back. Take your time back. Slow down and smell your yarn, Martha! I am focused now on enjoying some Mary moments every day of my life. Join me.