It’s the most peculiar thing that’s happening. Come the second school term and most of the lady teachers come to school armed with either knitting or crochet needles and a little bag with your particular wool and off course a plan or a “recipe” as I like to call it.
It’s all the principal’s fault! As an artistic man (and psychologist) he feels that if your hands stay busy creating something beautiful you will not fall into stress and depression and general nastiness. The first time was about three years ago when we walked into the staff room to find knitting needles and bags of wool awaiting us. The instruction: to knit in your free time (before or after school and breaks) a block of a certain size. But you were not supposed to take the knitting home. Even the men joined later! We knitted and harmony built around us. Those who couldn’t knit were patiently taught. The blocks were taken away when completed and sowed together into blankets. It was sent to a nursing home close by. Twenty completed blankets!
It has now become something more. Last year a friend taught me to crochet. I’m not very patient so it was also a valuable lesson in patience. And I obviously decided to jump into the deep end. I wanted to make my own blanket. This from someone who likes to give up when the going gets tough!
Well I’ve done it! Having stopped in August last year, I thought I might not continue with it this year. But I did! And I’m so glad! Now I have proof of patience and perseverance when the going gets tough.
I’m now trying to crochet a dog coat for my sick and old love, without a pattern having my own design in mind! I’ll let you know how it goes!
What are you making that’s teaching you life skills? Have a great creative week!
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