National Crafting Month was designed to help people rediscover and learn about the wonderful world of crafting and ALL it’s many benefits.
Just Do It
At some point in everyone's life, we have all tried crafting, with varied results!
Just because you didn't achieve that huge and overwhelming knit baby blanket in the past, don't be afraid to give the craft you have wanted to try another go, but perhaps choose a smaller, more achievable project so you get a more immediate payoff.
You are never too old or young to get crafting! Heck, I only learned to knit 6 years ago when I broke my foot and was off for 3+ months recovering! It has turned into a wonderful skill and peaceful meditative practice for me in life now, I adore it!
BTW, here was my first few knit pieces which I learned from a book written for tweens on how to knit:
Starting small and working up to larger projects and searching Ravelry.com and using YouTube really helped me work up to become much more successful in the knitting department!
Eventually, with practice, projects like skirts or long scarves don't seem daunting, though I did find that I dislike knitting two of things like socks or mittens (it took me a year between one mitt and finishing it's partner-I disliked knitting mittens that much-lol), even if I knit them at the same time. So not every type of project in the same hobby suits everyone, but some you will enjoy making very much!
I LOVE the Lanesplitter skirt! Easy knit with impressive results and makes anyone's booty look amazing!
Time Spent Crafting is Never Wasted
Just as I use my knitting to spend productive time on car trips or while waiting at the doc's office, some of our beloved actresses and actors get in on the handmade action when not working on set.
Krysten Ritter (from Jessica Jones) is a big fan of knitting!
And Misha, while also loving to knit, makes many other things with his hands. So much so that the American Craft Council decided to interview and feature him in celebration of this month!
Find Misha's long-form interview at the American Craft Council website here.
Do you know of other people in the spotlight that like to craft? I'd love to know, feel free to leave them in the comments!
Make Things to Help Your Mind
Making and doing show many signs of being great for our minds too!
Crafting is shown to:
- improve your mood,
- boost your brainpower,
- increase social activity & communal support,
- helps with coordination,
- can help fight aging.
So get out there this month and give that craft you always wished to start a go!
Take a YouTube tutorial, sign up for a local knitting class, ask a friend to join her in her sewing room, or tour a local maker space to learn more about 3D printing. I'm sure they would be more than happy to help you learn a thing or two about how to create.
You can do it and you may just learn a new skill or two or fall in love with a new hobby! Happy Crafting!
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