December 20th, 2013
I believe strongly in the power of crochet to improve quality of life whether you’re suffering from a serious condition like depression or just seeking to experience more inspiration in your everyday life. One of the key ways that I believe crochet can help is through embracing each stage of the project including the process of visualizing, working on, and finally completing the work.
Visualizing a Crochet Project
Many people underestimate the value of this first step of a crochet project but it can be immensely beneficial to focus on it. Truly embrace the process of thinking about what you want to make, how you want to make it, who it will be for, and which yarn you will want to use.
Doing this allows:
- Stimulation of the mind
- Excitement about what’s to come
- Creative thinking and the playfulness of imagination
Visualizing even a small thing like a crochet project opens up new ways of thinking. This helps stimulate hope, optimism and energy for all areas of life.
The Process of the Project
Most people focus all of their energy on the process of the project. Of course, this offers many benefits as well including:
- Opportunity for mindfulness crochet
- Distraction from life’s troubles
- Engagement in problem-solving
- Relaxation, focus and enjoyment of your chosen craft
The benefits of crochet increase general well-being and quality of life. The more you pay attention to this, the happier your everyday life can be.
When you come to the end of a project, take the time to celebrate what you’ve completed. Remember back to the early stages and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Pausing to enjoy the final project helps to build self-esteem and pride. It also greases the wheels for the inspiration you’ll need to start the next project. And of course, if you’re giving the item to a loved one or a charity then you can celebrate the final project together with the person receiving the gift, experiencing the sense of community that handcrafting brings.
Take the time to immerse yourself in every moment of your next crochet project, from the first steps of visualization through to the final moments of elation upon completion. It may change not only the way you approach your craft but also the way you approach the world.