Try making my life a tad harder, preparing for Ravellenic games. It’s epic. I am on two teams, already! Heehee.
Have you read Little House on the Prairie books? Just imagine…scrubbing my menstrual flannels in a bucket, stewing up endless turnips, and chasing off the locusts. Oh boy…my volumizing hair would surely have been greasy…petticoats grubby and encumbering…cuticles raggedier than my kids’ rag dolls. Yet, the Ingall-Wilders were connected to their own lives. Their every happiness and very existence were created from the work of their own hands. Pa fiddled by the firelight while the girls knit themselves stockings with Ma sewing pantaloons. Don’t forget…kids skipped school ‘cuz it’s time to boil maple syrup, harvest rutabagas, or cut ice from the lake. I am full of envy.
My longing is no mere fantasy. I’m actually happiest when accomplishing tangibly productive work–cleaning dishes and putting ’em away in proper places and stacking order, shoveling snow, replacing a shirt button for the boy’s jeans, cooking up feast, picking up hair from dogs and girls–rather than crossing virtual tasks off my on-screen to-do list. I love seeking out activities that cultivate mindfulness. The sense of oneness with my activity whether it is crocheting an afghan square, knit a sweater, or we felt.
The repetitive work helps me in two ways. Counting chains/stitches and shingling fiber, a cognitive distracter, distract me from stress while I’m doing the craft. I get a great sense of accomplishment when there is a clear connection between my physical efforts and results. My reward chemicals increases while the anxiety/stress toxins–heart rate, blood pressure, perspiration and all–drops. This is a pretty nice cocktail, wouldn’t you say?!
Leisure turns out to be complicated and important. But, any type of repetitive motor activity can calm the brain. What do you do to ease the anxiety? Will you be participating in any of the Ravellenic games? Here is a pair of newly published Carved Heart Socks, perfect for Valentine’s Day gift, I plan to cast on for the kick-off ceremony and knit during the games. Coupon code at check-out is Heart for your free pattern, good ’til January 8.
Kate Heppell of Shetland Story have made Love in Cold Climate FREE for the run-up to and duration of the Olympics as her little way of helping to raise awareness of the plight of the LGBT community in Russia, subject to terrifying levels of persecution, discrimination and abuse. You may read a little about this here.
Other candidates for the games are:
- Accelerating Stipes Fingerless Mitts. Free download by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
How’s that for starter? I will show you my Ravellenic queues of JenJoycedesign by my dear friend next. For now, Pin-striped Fingerless mitts is a free download to Ravelery member. Grab a copy. Sharpen your needles. Dig in your stash. Cast-on away. Now, I must get to my daily walk. Come back soon for more Ravellenic enabling.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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