In a series of letters this week, we will explore what makes us be better stitchers while being productive and gaining enjoyment from our hobby!
When considering the right place in your home to create a sanctuary for your craft, think of it as a meditation space. In this space, you quiet your mind by keeping your hands busy. Doing so helps you think more clearly, opens paths to more creative and inventive ideas, and directs your mind to relax. Imagine your crafting space as a therapist’s office, except it’s only you and your knitting. A place where you can escape the worries and routine tasks of the day. In this place, you want to remove yourself from the buzzing of the washing machine and general outside noises. Find a space that is not high in foot traffic by your loved ones or pets (cats don’t abide by that rule, however). Keep it as clean and organized as possible. Imagine it being your blank canvas—as soon as you sit down, you remove yourself from anxieties and concentrate on task at hand—literally. After all, that is your place of Zen!
If you can’t find or create this space in your home, you can venture out and find refuge in your favorite coffee shop. Or, if the weather permits, head out to the park and amplify your experience with fresh air. Inquire within your local yarn store about groups of knitters who assemble in the shop or nearby for knit nights. That is also a great way to meet like-minded stitchers and build confidence in your craft!
Tomorrow, we will discuss the lighting in your perfect space…