Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Crochet Thanksgiving

Jumping into the holiday season, with so much Stuff going on in the world, in the country, in the community, I wonder sometimes, just a little, how I can be wasting my time stitching.  Wise quotes circulate about how important it is to protest the wrongs of the world, the importance of standing up for people (and creatures and the environment) suffering from abuse.

Of course, "abuse" can be hugely provocative.  The idea seems to be about manipulative, controlling behavior that just doesn't work, in the long run, with lots of collateral damage that is going to have to be cleaned up.

Off to one side, someone (was it Francis of Assisi?) encourages us to preach the gospel always, using words only when absolutely necessary.

Of course, "preach the gospel" can be hugely provocative.  The idea seems to be to live as an example of what works, owning the collateral damage, and, better yet, choosing to act in a way that prevents the damage to begin with.

An intriguing idea:  that words aren't always the way to go - for so many reasons.  Then the little voice reminds me:  that's why I crochet.

With so much abundance in our world, it is wonderful that we have the choice to work/play with craft, collecting and following instructions or exploring our relationship with the material - either way, spending time being in touch with what our hands can do, with the space around us, with meeting local needs, with calming and focusing our minds.  Doing good stuff.  No collateral damage.  Healing.

It's all good.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Holiday stitching

Every year about this time, I think about all the crocheting I didn't get done in time for Christmas.  This year feels a bit different:  It has finally dawned on my thick skull that ornaments and garlands and small projects like wrist warmers are perfect summer stitching:  they are portable and often made from threads and yarns that are thin and/or not wooly.  Rather than saving this stitching to November, as last-minute quickie projects, when so many folks are scrambling to finish sweaters and afghans for holiday gifting, it really does make sense to have these ideas floating around in June or July when the weather may be too warm for bigger projects.