On occasion I write about crafts on this site. It’s been a somewhat crafty week, so this is one of those occasions.
I spend the last week in the mountains on a ski trip with my friend Best and her almost 5-year-old. You can imagine the definition of ski trip is a bit fuzzy when it involves two almost 5-year-olds and two avid skier adults who have not skied in 6 years- do the math.
Despite a rather limited time on skis, we had an enjoyable time and pursued other favorite activities like reading, breaking up fights and making crafts. I should say, one old favorite activity, reading, and two new ones
As hard working singles, the craftiest pursuit that Best and I engaged in was make-up application, with perhaps a splash of home décor thrown in for fun. Now we knit, sew, crochet and felt. We make dolls and toys and scarves. We discuss needles and fabric and wool. We make things; often but, not long and not well.
A few years back I worked in marketing at a fairly large company that makes craft materials. As always, one of my favorite parts of the job was delving for statistics. At that time, late ‘90s there was a significant shift going on in the field. Where, in the ‘80s much of the crafting was being done by older, empty nesters, now younger women were engaging in craft hobbies. Now we see a significant turnaround
Not quite mainstream hip, Best and I started handcrafts when our sons started attending Waldorf school. Waldorf schools believe in the importance of handcrafts, for two very important reasons. One, at very young ages, children watch parents engaged in meaningful work – that is, in actually making something. Secondly, Steiner believed that children learn through handwork.
And so I knit, sew and craft, much to the amusement of DH, our moms and my single friends. Much to the pleasure of The Hamster, who, somewhat erroneously believes I can make anything. As he grows and begins to make handcrafts himself, it will aid him in the learning process