Crocheting, Knitting, Looming, how many fiber arts are there??? A lot. My favorite was (and still is) crocheting. When I was a kid, I watched my aunt and grandma crochet a lot. Later, when I was bored and decided to pick up a hobby, I chose a hook as my tool of trade.
For some reason, crocheting has been portrayed as the cheaper hobby in comparison to knitting. I was not sure where that notation comes from because, in my humble opinion, any hobbies could be as expensive as the hobbyist want. Moving along, I started liking crocheting because it was very forgiving in the event of a mistake. I would like to think that every crocheters out there make a mistake every now and then, no matter how advance they are. When the inevitable event happened, it was easy to pull back the yarn to the point that needed to be corrected. Yes, frogging was painful sometimes, but the finished project would be a nice finished project and not a finished project with a missed stitch. Although sometimes, that was okay, too. 😉
When crocheting, one hand was holding the hook and the other was keeping the tension of the yarn. I think because of that, crocheting finished objects couldn’t be massively manufactured. Knitting, on the other hand, could be. In fact, most of our clothes were made with knitting. Even t-shirts were knitted by a machine somewhere. Pretty cool, eh? The common looks of knitting might cause some people to think crocheting creates a gap-y and looser piece of fabric. The origin of crochet was to make lacy patterns, which meant the gap-y looks was created on purpose. While this was true for most crochet garments, crocheting could be tailored in such way that was less loose and less gap-y. Some ways to create this result was to use a smaller hook or smaller stitches.
Knitting, looming, weaving, quilting, and spinning could be listed as part of the fiber arts family. For as long as the art could be seen as making a piece of fabric as the end result, that art could be counted as a fiber art. From the art of making wool into yarn (spinning) to the art of taking pieces of fabric to make a beautiful blanket (quilting), these forms of arts could be seen as making textile.
I tried my hands in knitting, looming, weaving, and spinning. For some reason, I kept coming back to crocheting. In my opinion, each person had her/his own hobby that drew them closer to a meditation state. Crochet taught me how to meditate by giving me an easy mantra, such as “one, two, three, skip, one, two, three, skip.” More over, I felt like it was a hobby that helped me think through my problems instead of numbing them. I used to do other hobbies that numbed my thoughts instead of bringing peace.
What’s your favorite fiber art? Do they bring you a sense of joy? What do you do for your daily meditation? Though I’d been crocheting for a while, meditating was something new for me so I’d love to hear more how others meditate, concentrate, and bring in peace into their minds.