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There are rarely events where the whole world feels the effects, but this past year, everyone around the globe was impacted in some way – whether it be big or small. When something as life-changing as 2020 occurs, it’s so important to take time to assess how you are doing and when you need to release some pent up stress. 

Self-care is something so near and dear to my heart, and I hope that you hear my heart behind this little check-in today because I want to make sure our community of crafters is thriving… so I sincerely ask, how are you doing?

Like most craftspeople, we are first-rate at portraying how we feel through our art, so I encourage you to tap into your creative side to decompress, let off some steam, and unwind. There are so many ways to enjoy self-care whether it’s a hike through the mountains(one of my favs), a bubble bath and candles in the company of a good book, cooking and swaying to the music, or diving into a new craft. 

I find knitting to be very soothing and think you may enjoy it too (if you’re not already an avid knitter!)

My hope through these simple writings in this corner of the internet is to share wisdom I’ve gained along the way to strengthen your techniques, a little quirky humor here and there, and a safe place for you to stretch your wings as an artisan and truly fly. 

Here are a few tips to get you started with your knitting:

#1 Patience will change everything

Don’t feel like you have to be a knitting superstar to enjoy the process. Have fun and give yourself grace to mess up. The technique will come as you practice. 

#2 Do it when you want to and then set it down when it’s no longer fun

This is supposed to be enjoyable, so if you start getting frustrated, set it down, do something else and then come back when you’re ready. Knitting takes some concentration at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be like second nature!

#3 Try then try again

If you don’t love what you’ve created you have every permission to rip it out and try again – I do! That’s part of the fun of creating, you get to keep perfecting it until it’s something you truly love. 

#4 Turn on music you love, breathe deep, and let the stress melt away

This is “you” time, my friend. Practice deep breathing (breathe in for three seconds, release for six seconds), roll your neck to loosen tense muscles, relax your shoulders. Turn on your favorite music and sip your favorite beverage. Depending on the season, take your knitting outside and enjoy some fresh air or curl up by the fire and enjoy the warm glow. Do what brings your heart joy.

#5 Seek help from those who are more experienced

It’s A-OK to get help! Kayla and I are gearing up to teach a monthly beginning knitting class in April, so be sure to check the events calendar in case you’d like to join. It will be virtual so you can do it from the comfort of your home, and still connect with other artisans around the country. We’ll share tips and tricks to get started and help you create a washcloth, cowl, and beautiful hat. Head to Facebook or Instagram if you have questions. I’d love to help!

#6 Add your flair to it

This is your time to shine! Have fun with this little project. Add unique little pieces that make it yours! Maybe you normally default to black or grey, why not try some bright spring colors?

#7 Embrace the hard and try new things

Set a little goal for yourself and push the limits. Knitting is a great exercise for your hand eye coordination and also for your brain. You can do it!

Tag me in your knitting adventures, I’d love to see them. And remember, it’s ok to take time for yourself. In fact, I’d say it’s essential. 

Best, 

Nick