So, one of the client personnel commented on the shawl and complimented me on how beautiful it looked, and I thanked him and said that I am even more happy to hear his compliment, considering I had made it myself!! He was quite taken aback!! He almost blurted out- “you mean made, like actually make it”- making a knitting gesture. I smiled and said yes, except it is crocheted and not knitted.
Now with this being within the IT (Information Technology) division of the organization; his reaction was not surprising.
As I reflected about it later in the day, I realized that- not many people realize the importance of hobbies and crafts. In today’s day and age where machine produced items are sold at such cheap price, it is almost impossible to think of specially crafted items. Back when I was growing up, we got our clothes tailor-made. That was the norm back then and now, tailor-made seems like a luxury which only the uber-rich can afford!
In the photos above-
1. Cotton dish cloths- some are crocheted and some knitted. When I started, it would take me close to an hour to knit one.
2. It is a simple triangular shawl, almost like a prayer shawl that I made over the weekend.
The few items we make, we take good care of them. If they fade a little or get a little tear- we fix it. We truly utilize the garment for its entire lifecycle and not garbage it as soon as a new sale starts, or it shows the first signs of wear or tear.
Taking the time and effort to make something of good quality allows us to be our own designer- it feels great to wear our creation with joy and pride. It also helps to improve our mood and self-image; as we are wearing a truly unique (one of its kind) item. AND to top it, most of these crafts are great at relieving stress.
Crafts like knitting are high on the list of natural stressbusters. I for one, can surely vouch for their great emotional benefits.
There is something calming, almost serene, maybe even romantic about knitting, particularly on a cold winter evening by the fireplace. Beautiful music in the background just adds to this ambience. And the end product is something that you can enjoy, not only for its beauty, but also for its utility! Each time, you use it, it helps you to relive your calm and joyful experience of artistic creativity.
And don’t think that this is only for women. Many men knit and sew- particularly for its meditative and health benefits and/or for its contribution towards living an earth-friendly green lifestyle.
So, maybe this holiday season, make it a decision to learn a new needle craft and give your dear ones, something that you have created, with lot of thought, caring and love- especially for them.
Try it for yourself and see how easy it is to meditate, create something beautiful (and useful) and also relax- all in the same go…