Thursday, August 12, 2010

Crochet Therapy?

Crocheting under Pressure!!

Does your crochet help you feel better when you are upset about something..........are you able to think about things while you crochet?

For me when I am sad, depressed, or even angry picking up that hook and working on a project makes me feel better........sometimes just more calms me down, the "feelings" may still be there, but I am not as "hot under the collar" so to speak than I was before picking up my hook. If I am not having to count any stitches, I will definitely think about what is bothering me........

I have not particularly found a project that helps me wind down.........but on the other hand designing my squares is stressful!!! LOL Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it very much, and it is one of those things that I feel like I am denying myself if I don't work on my own designs.......I feel cheated!!! Of course getting involved in a designing process then makes me go mad.......do I just go with it and write it down later.......do I write as I do each row/round........do I draw it out first.........oh the many questions that rattle around up there....LOL. I know when I am working a pattern from a book or one I bought/found online and it has me stumped......I get stressed and can just frog it or throw it to the side somewhere and work on it later........and when I do pick it back up......and realize that it was my own mistake making the pattern go wrong........ohhhh the pressure!!! LOL.......the stress of realizing my temporary stupidity was what helped me out!!! I do feel vindicated though, if I find out the pattern has a mistake in it.....so I go all ninja on the pattern......then try to calm down and tell myself mistakes happen!!! Once you start designing your own stuff....you do realize that mistakes pop up a lot!!!! You can read over something time and time again, and never see that one typo....or that one miss placed word, or the row/round that just makes no sense at all. LOL It certainly gives you pause.

So even though Crocheting helps me to calm down, it can also stress me out......and then I have to think if it stupid on my part to let "crochet" do that to me.........to make me so upset over it........I mean it is just a material item....and aren't we suppose to NOT get upset over something so trivial? For me I agree and disagree..........I love making things for my family/friends........even strangers online.....ok most are not strangers......I may have not met them personally, but I have developed a friendship with so many that share my love of "hookin." My point I guess is that as trivial as some may think Crochet is............when you are working on something that you know your family/friends are going to love, you want it to be perfect, to be something you are proud of. Something that they are also going to be proud of, and want to show it off..........or at least display it somewhere in their house where ANYONE coming in will see it. LOL. So I guess it all comes down to that............proud of your work..........and if you love something, you are bound to be "stressed" out over it, even angry with it.......which if you think about it, you are angry with yourself......we all know that square or stuffed item is not in anyway out to get us!!! Is it??? Don't get paranoid now...........

So go with the pressure.......Crochet Therapy has advantages.....it will no doubt stress you out......but it will be there for you when you need to "de-stress"

2 comments:

Crafty Christina said...

Crochet can do both for me as well... stress relieft AND stress. But for the most part it's relaxing. If it gets to stressful, I put it away. Guess that's why I haven't designed anything in ages, lol.

Seelenfein... said...

I love, love, love crochet, because it´s very relaxing for me. Should it be stress, i began another crochet project. ;o) That´s why i crochet many projects at the same time. *lol* But at the most time, it´s really really relaxing for me.

Lovely greets,
Annika