|a sweater knit by my grandmother for my mom in the 60's|
Yesterday, there were many stories shared about how knitting and crafting have pulled people out of hard times under #makegoodfeelgood.
And it got me thinking about crafting and my own mental health. When mom had her back surgery I stitched circles to squares. It was simple and soothing to sit by her bed and stitch. Last spring, when mom fell and moved so quickly from that to hospice, I cast on a shawl, something with just enough to keep my hands busy but easy to pick up and put down. I come from a long line of fiber folks and stitching can be my balance.
These last few weeks have been a rush of busy-ness and even my simple, garter stitch knitting cannot quiet the buzz. Reading the Instagram feed yesterday reminded me that it is important to find that place of quiet and calm. I think perhaps I need to cast on a new donation hat.
I would love to hear how sewing or knitting is bringing you joy and peace.