Several months of pandemic living have left many of us feeling drained. We know we are not alone, but sometimes it sure can feel that way when working and schooling from home. Whether you live alone and feel isolated or find yourself surrounded at all hours by family and loved ones, these have been challenging times for us all.
Now, more than ever, self-care is critical. Many of us seek comfort in our favorite crafts. Spending even a few minutes each day with fiber in hand refuels a frayed psyche. And if you haven’t touched your wheel or spindle in months, know that you are in good company, and there’s no better time to pick up where you left off.
Turn off distractions and carve out a little time to be alone with your craft. Here are several ways to spend your precious creative time and recharge:
- Give yourself permission to succumb to startitis. Spin that special braid that you’ve saved. Cast-on with your most luxurious fiber. Or reclaim a stalled knitting project by ripping it out and making the handspun yarn into something new.
- Redecorate with your craft materials. Set out a bowl of beautiful braids, but safely out of reach of pets and children, to spark inspiration. Stow hand-dyed fiber in vintage glass jars and arrange them on a shelf for a pop of color.
- Attend a virtual fiber event. Many spring festivals were canceled earlier this year, but several fall events have transitioned and are happening online, which offers far-away attendees a great chance to take part. Don’t judge yourself too harshly for those impulse purchases from the vendor’s market. Know your purchase supports a business in our small fiber community.
- Learn a new-to-you technique. Brainstorm and make a list all of the fibery things you want to do, and then select one to start with. Finally make a spinning journal, complete with samples, swatches, and snapshots. Improve your prep game by blending fibers from your stash. Begin a breed study.
- Get lost in a good book or podcast. Audiobooks allow you to craft and get lost in another world. Or tune into one of the many fiber-related conversations online. We admit to having fiber stashes, but many of us also own a fair number of fiber books. Dust off a forgotten classic or one you haven’t yet cracked open.