Charity hat making is good for the soul – not quite sparking joy – it’s also a delaying tactic

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Here are two more chunky hats knitted for a local homeless charity I can not donate time to the cause but I can donate craft and a hat is whipped up in two or three knitting sessions. It’s good for the soul to give something back in any way I can. I admire those who do more.

This hat making is helping me clear some of my yarn stash too so it’s a win-win situation. There’s a lot in the media right now about clearing and cleaning your life which seems to involve sorting out and tidying up and getting rid of things that don’t spark joy aka Marie Kondo styling. This yarn is lovely, nice colours, great to knit with (Adriafil Mistero) but it wasn’t making me smile a lot as it’s left from previous projects and there was never enough to do anything bigger. It was languishing in a cupboard. I am so glad to have re-found it and hopefully it will spark joy for someone else in more than one way.

However …. as much as I am enjoying the hat making I know I am putting off other things, including finishing knitting and sewing larger projects. It is very satisfying to see something grow quickly and then be gifted. I am talking about my recent baby knits and quick projects. This morning I looked at a few half done/three quarters done/tangled/mistaken projects in my craft room. I looked, then ‘hid’ them from myself until another day. I am wondering if it’s not just my crafting that is being avoided.

For now, it’s time to cast on again. I am thinking this is almost my own version of ‘taking a basket weaving class’ with a slightly more fulfilling end.

7 thoughts on “Charity hat making is good for the soul – not quite sparking joy – it’s also a delaying tactic

    ReginaMary said:
    February 11, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    The hats are lovely and I am sure the recipients will be delighted. Your other projects will get done in due time, but there is still a lot of winter left.
    Be well.

      tinaor responded:
      February 12, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      True – the hats should find good homes – and it is only February. Thanks Regina.

    Dartmoor Yarns said:
    February 11, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Well done on the hats. I think we need to be in the right frame of mind to finish projects we’ve been avoiding, meantime no point beating ourselves up over it or forcing ourselves to work on things we don’t really want to – after all this craft lark is supposed to be for enjoyment.

      tinaor responded:
      February 12, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you. Indeed. When the ‘craft lark’ stops being fun we need to have a rethink about what we are doing and why we are doing it. You have reminded me – and I needed the reminder x

    quiteayarnblog said:
    February 13, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Good for you! They look great, and will undoubtedly make someone feel warmer and cared for 🙂 And you know, even if you are stalling, that is often valid. Sometimes its good to wait until you are ready for something, or it is ready for you. In the meantime, you are doing something good for yourself and someone else 🙂

      tinaor responded:
      February 13, 2019 at 11:05 am

      I knew there was a reason for stalling! Feeling so much better about it as I sit here admiring the hats that go off to a new home tomorrow. xxx

    quietwatercraft said:
    March 3, 2019 at 7:40 am

    That’s a lovely way to procrastinate! The other projects will always be there so why not wait until you’re really ready to work on them?

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