Beverly at Pomogolightly is having another CraftFriday, instead of Black Friday. I avoid even grocery stores on Black Friday if I can help it. (For those fortunate enough not to know what that is – it is a push for sales the day after American Thanksgiving to get your books in the black. It has gotten waaay out of hand.) I plan to shop in my stash. Although one must be careful shopping in stash. I was working on a pair of mittens for the mitten drive at work using a ball of lovely lovely turquoise yarn. More than a few rounds into the second one, I realized it was not the same turquoise yarn as I had used for the first. Some idiot had wound two different yarns into the ball of leftovers. Some idiot too lazy to turn a light on in her workroom? Fortunately, this same idiot had another ball of the right yarn. Can you tell I worked on this second one at the office, while on a webinar?
A paper clip makes quite a satisfactory temporary stitch holder.
I am also cranking out gift socks, resting up for more complicated labors yet to come.
I am feeling a bit sad that I am too far away from my great niece to start the gift making traditions. There is such magic in making things.
I was pondering the magic part this morning when I serendipitously read two posts – one by Franklin Habit, and one by Donna Druchunas, both on the magical aspect of craft. Donna quotes Neil Shubin, Your Inner Fish
“The hand actually defines us in many ways. When you think about what makes our species unique and special, it’s having thoughts and being able to make those thoughts real. And the way our thoughts become real is through use of our hands to build things, to make things.”
And that is magic, of a sort. Are you planning any magic? If you need inspiration, pop on over to Pinterest and see Beverly’s Craft Friday board.
I plan to shop in my stash, but with the light on.