I’ve been a bit quiet over the past week but I have been thinking about my knitting endeavors and have come to the conclusion the main reason I have been very fickle in my projects lately is the simple fact that I’m plum tired of knitting.
Like many of you, I’ve been knitting for a very long time, so long that other interests that I once loved and truly enjoyed have taken a back seat to my knitting, which I honestly can say has been the main love of my life for over 18 years . With that being said, I’ve made a decision that it’s time for a change of pace.
This week I pondered what it is I really want to do and set off with a strong urge to spring clean my craft room. I disposed of items I did not really need, or even want, downsized the books in my library (off to Bookman’s I go), and donated a good chuck of yarn to a local charity who make wonderful items for a good cause. I feel refreshed, even exhilarated, and even though my room looks rather bare, but I’m quite pleased with the result and I’ve made a decision on what I really want to do as far as crafting is concerned.
One, I want to SPIN! I love spinning and find it to be very soothing and peacefully, especially after a long day a work but I have neglected it due to my knitting. I want to concentrate more on my spinning and hone my skills so that I can use my handspun for garments. With this concept in mind, I have re-organized my craft room to have a little spinning corner, one that I’m quite proud of and love the results. My belief in life is that if you see things, you will use what you see first instead of buying more.
Two, I want to DRAW! I have decided to delve back into something I really love many years ago, drawing, and even water color. I tend to get very passionate about my hobbies and buy everything that pertains to my new found joy but this time, it’s different. This time, I’m going slow and have been extremely happy, quite content with what I have been working with that I have on hand, and I haven’t missed my knitting, GASP!
Now I know you all have heard about doodling, but I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Zentangle. I noticed that everything I googled paisley, I found beautiful renditions that fell under the category of Zentangle or doodling.
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. ~ Zentangle
My “doodles” are not perfect by any means, but I had fun, which is something that has been lacking in my crafting life for a very long time.
My paisley flower
My first hummingbird
I’m not giving my knitting or even crocheting as both have been a large part of my life, but I am stepping away from it for a while and for how long, well I really can’t say.
I do apologize for my lengthy post, but as long time readers, I wanted to share what I was thinking with you and want you to know how much I appreciate you listening to my rambles today.
I may not post as often but until next time, happy crafting!