Is knitting self medication? Are people who make things -- even if it's dinner, the bed, laundry, gardening and other activities that require physical engagement -- just getting a dose of the poor person's Prozac?
Possibly. Lifting Depression, A Neuroscientist's Hands On Approach to Activating Your Brain's Healing Power makes a good case for "effort-driven rewards," like crafting, as an alternative or addition to medication and/or psychotherapy. Read more about Do We Make Things To Make Ourselves Feel Better?
So I'm shipping out a package of handknits Tuesday (a package of handknit hats is being overnighted to me tomorrow so I have to wait to overnight my package until Tuesday). Here's what we have so far:
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I'm busy knitting (by request) bikinis for my etsy store. I'm planning on making a purple/yellow polka dotted one too. Hehehehe.
Here's the first one so far:
Artesanía is the Spanish word for handicrafts (I looked it up!). I love how pretty the word is, just as I love making things with my hands. I know a lot of Correntians love working with their hands too, so I wish you all a New Year of Happy Handcrafting!
So who wants to talk about their crafting plans, goals, wishes for the year with me?
I'll go first. I want to improve my knitting and crocheting methodically, and I want to get to a point where I can make some hobby money with it. So I am going to study off a couple of books (of which I need to get my own copies).
I also started a "memory crochet diary" -- check it out at http://memorycrochet.blogspot.com/
and tell me what you think of it. Read more about Artesanía: word of the day, theme of my new year
I just saw a post on learning to knit and I know how Lambert likes the knitting posts, so I thought that I'd post about some projects I've been doing. I've been insanely busy with classes so I haven't really been knitting, but I just did some super quick and easy knitting projects and I thought I'd share them (these have all been done in the past weeks and they each took an evening or less).
As part of my ongoing efforts to stick my fingers in my ears and sing "la la la la la" very loudly and pretend Roosevelt is President...
I started making this hat in 2002. The pattern is from a booklet (price 10 cents!) published in 1936. I decided to use some very nice antique wool fingering yarn that I've had sitting around for some time. The yarn is medium grey with a blue tone and a kind of tweediness I like very much. Here's how far I got: Read more about Crochet for a new New Deal
I posted previously about my WIP (work in progress-you will all learn knitting terms when I'm done muahahahahaha!) and I'm here to (finally) post some pics of my FO (finished object). And since it took so long, an extra special piece too. And I'm also posting information about how to keep your favourite knitted items in their original shape (natural fibres tend to stretch, shrink, etc.)
Here it is:
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Awhile ago Lambert welcomed knitters from Ravelry, more specifically coming from the Just Hillary group. (Though he didn't know that.) He said he wished we posted about knitting. So I am posting about knitting and our lovely group, but there are lots of pretty pictures.
Here's my (almost finished) latest project:
This is the back piece. Read more about Knitherapy. (Or: Lambert you asked for it)