3 Great Life Lessons Taught by CrochetBy Tameko Barnette – 9 Comments
We can experience life lessons at any given time from anyone and anywhere. Did you know that you can learn life lessons from the art of crochet? In daily life, we all need inspiration, encouragement, and support. Often times, we sit and crochet with the intentions of creating, supporting, and nourishing ourselves and others with our creations.
We have great life lessons passed down to us from family members, friends, and strangers we meet in grocery stores, but we can also learn a great deal to help us each day in life through crochet. Here in this post, I’m only going to touch on three life lessons, but if you really pay attention to your craft, you’ll see there are many more life lessons to learn.
I’m going to give this list to you in the style of David Letterman for fun. Here goes…
Life Lesson #3 – Being Creative. Quite often, when we think of creativity, we only think of the writers, painters, filmmakers, actors, sculptors, etc. There are many people who crochet as a hobby or take part in some other art or craft, who do not consider themselves creative. Every single person is a creative being. It just so happens that a part of our creativity is showing up through our crochet projects. Think about all the times you tweaked patterns to fit your own style or created your own pattern all together. Apply this creative mindfulness to every part of your life. You will find that you have more solutions to your life’s challenges than you think.
Life Lesson #2 – Sharing. This is a lesson that we learn early on in life. I can remember back as far as nursery school and kindergarten class learning how to share with my classmates, friends, and family. This life lesson shows up again in the art of crochet. Think about how many projects you are crocheting right now or for the past year that are for someone else as a birthday gift, get well soon gift, mother’s day gift, or a just because I like you gift. While we may decide to crochet a few items for ourselves, the majority of the time, the art of crochet has our minds on community (sharing).
Life Lesson #1 – Patience. Oh, this is a big life lesson right here. Every day living requires patience. Who requires our patience? Relatives. Friends. Strangers. Co-workers. Ourselves. Everybody, including ourselves requires patience. Crochet teaches this lesson every time we come across a pattern that seemed easy at first, and then we realize it’s a little more complex than we thought. Crochet teaches this lesson every time we mess up a new stitch or an entire row and have to unravel it and start over again. Every time, we start a project aiming for Christmas gifts, but those Christmas gifts become New Year’s gifts or birthday or Valentine’s gift…or maybe even the next year’s Labor Day gift. Patience is a virtue and crochet is one of its teachers.
If you have any life lessons that crochet has taught you, please leave a comment. We look forward to hearing from you.