Sunday, January 17, 2021

Making Keeps Me Sane

 This is a hard time for everyone. The pandemic and politics are impossible to escape. And we all have our personal struggles with these issues.

But I am grateful to be a maker. I've had quite a few Zooms on this long weekend, and the Habitation Throw is perfect mindless knitting. I'm not sure I like the way it's coming out, but I can always use another lap blanket.

And I finished this embroidery of my own design. It gave me chance to work on my satin stitch and try combining stitches. It was way more work than I expected, which is often the case for me.


I'm going to make it into a little wall quilt. I think the colors will work with all the fabric I sun-dyed last summer.

And I took a little trip to Prague -- virtually, of course. This is the Old-New Synagogue, where Franz Kafka was dragged to High Holy Days services by his father. I was there with my daughter in 2018. Jews have been praying there for 700 years and that imbues it with a quiet sense of holiness.

Being a maker is especially useful, I think, during the pandemic and winter. I do miss seeing people, meeting at coffee shops, gathering for potlucks. But making things is a pretty good way to get through this strange world we now inhabit.

I hope you are finding ways to bring some joy into your life, too!


12 comments:

  1. Being a maker is such a comfort to me too. When knitting or crocheting my mind is at peace. Reading has the same effect on me. Your embroidery turned out so pretty. Your stitches look very even. I have been eyeing the habitation throw. What is it that does not make you happy? The yarn or the pattern itself? A virtual trip sounds lovely right about now. Where do find those?

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  2. Aw you put it perfectly. Knitti g is therapietic for me

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  3. I miss so much pre-pandemic..agh. I love your embroidery and the colors, so cheerful for winter. I do like your habitation throw too!!

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  4. I wonder how folks who are not makers are surviving this. Your projects are all wonderful as usual. Your embroidery is is so bright and cheerful. Araignee

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  5. I cannot imagine getting through . . . All This . . . without my knitting and stitching and painting. I love your embroidery. The colors are so cheering and happy. (I think I need a virtual trip. . . ) XO

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  6. I had just been thinking "I wonder what people without hobbies are doing?" Cannot imagine this past year without my stitching, knitting and reading to keep me occupied. Your crafting is so inspiring! Your embroidery is gorgeous and I always enjoy your sketches. How large will the Habitation Throw be when finished? Looks like maybe a lap blanket? The colors are so pretty together.

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  7. I agree--being creative is a great way to neutralize the stress of our 'new world'. I am missing people gathering and laughing, knitting and smiling at each other's stories...
    Your art work is gorgeous! I always feel the history of a place.

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  8. The embroidery design and stitching are beautiful.I think a wall quilt is a great way to feature your stitching and dyed fabrics. That sketch is well done: I love the colors.

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  9. Love that beautiful embroidery! We were fortunate to visit and sing with our choir in Prague, lots of memories from that trip. You are right crafting helps one's sanity. However, at the moment one of my knitting projects is torturing me and is about to go to timeout, maybe forever!

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  10. I can't imagine what people without hobbies are doing with all of the free (stressful) time.

    I have to say, my knitting is just not doing it today though. None of it is "sparking joy". :::sigh::: I think I'll dig through the stash and see if I can find something to spark some interest.

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  11. I like your Habitation Throw. I sure do like the knitting on it. Your embroidery is so pretty and bright. I look forward to seeing how you incorporate it into a quilt.

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