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Humans and The Arts

Since the dawn of time Humans have been learning the Arts. Early man covered themselves for warmth with animal hides (early fashion). They made symbols on cave walls (early painting and storytelling) then came fire, and all hell broke loose. As we rush through history to modern times, Humans have learned many crafts. It would be a daunting task indeed to master them all.

But in that time Arts and Politics have rarely met. You could argue the point by saying politics shaped the human race and therefore dictated the Arts as well.

When they let us have computers, we found like minded crafters further apart. Since we couldn’t talk to our maiden Aunt twice removed on our maternal great grand mother’s side, we couldn’t ask her to teach us! The online knitting, spinning, crocheting, weaving ect….. communities were born! People could talk to each other around the world. As the world became more complicated we looked for support in our crafts and our communities.

I myself have a lot of different hobbies, but they all involve at least one stick and some string. As I got older and more disabled my hobbies became my life, my therapy, my love. I poured my heart and soul into everything I did.

When I first found the knitting (crocheting, spinning) communities, I was very scared to get involved. But I told myself if anyone on this planet would understand a lunatic like me, it would be those communities. I have never been interested in anyone’s religious beliefs, politics, or gender. All I am interested in is Art. I know that I live in the past a lot. But that’s just me. I have never discussed my religion, sex or politics with people who are not involved in my day to day life. I was raised that these things are not discussed in public, that these were private matters. Not to be discussed in public.

Most of these things were further enforced by my profession. As a Nurse, I was taught to be understanding of other peoples beliefs and privacy. To be respectful at all times. There are rules and boundaries that should be upheld. And Lord, if you love your job, NEVER EVER discuss religion or politics at work. Or make socially inappropriate comments about anyone else’s appearance, size or sexual orientation.

It really hurts me to see people that were friends yesterday, are now enemies due to their beliefs. I have friends who have different beliefs than I do, but that has nothing to do with our friendship. We’re friends because we have our Art in common. That’s enough to talk about for me. I don’t think it’s my business to know everything about them, if they feel they need me to know more about them than that, they will tell me if not, I don’t pry into it. I don’t judge people, its not my job.

My job is to share my Art with anyone who would like to hear about it. My hope is that we as a species will someday learn to live together. So, I will continue to share my blogs and my yarns* with you. But I will not discuss politics, religion, race, creed, color or sexual orientation. Also I will not date anyone from work! So don’t ask!

“All we need is Love”

I think that was George, but it could have been Paul! Can you tell I was a Beatle Baby!

*Now buy some yarn and go home and create!

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The Gentle Art of Healing

Hi everyone !!! Sorry for the long break, but it was well spent on research for my new project. As some of you may know:
I am a 60 y.o. Crafter/ Maker & a retired Nurse. I am trying to start a movement involving the Ageing & the Young, Disabled and Mentally and Physically Handicapped. I want to use crochet, knitting, ect. as Art Therapy. This is not something new, it has been in use overseas for years. It has never been widely used in America. Possibly because of our Healthcare systems, Insurance. I don’t think my Insurance will cover my next yarn purchase, or my next set of needles or hooks. It would be great if it did, but we need to stay in reality. This is the first part of a series of articles I am writing. Your comments are greatly encouraged, in fact, if you have an opinion give it good or bad. I read them all, and answer if appropriate.

I am Physically Disabled my Partner in Crime is Mentally Handicapped. We have both found relief from our illness’ through our art. I know many other crafters who have found the same thing. There is a very calming influence that comes over you, it can be very mesmerizing. I call it the”Aahh” moment, I’m sure some of you know that feeling, it happens while your crafting.
The problem is the fact that the ‘Arts’ covers a wide variety of activities from painting, pottery to playing music, concert and museum visits and walks in the park. Some involving physical exertion, others mental and creative stimulation, social contact or a combination of all.

The importance of Therapeutic Knitting or Crocheting

  • Accessible
  • Low cost ( most of the time)
  • Portable

A tool for controlling symptoms such as :

  • Isolation
  • Loneliness
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Decreased Confidence

Feelings of Worthlessness as seen by society or even your own family.

  • Fear
  • Worry
  • Stress
  • Lack of a rewarding Occupation
  • Change of Identity – Sometimes enforced

Common across the board include the Young,the Retired, People with Injuries or Illnesses.

In order to work well, all these issues need to be considered. Social activity groups can offer a lot of support, that’s why knitting & crochet groups are so popular. Groups lead by people who not only have a knowledge of the activity, but also understand how it could help the persons health, can increase the benefits of the activity. Activities need to fit into the ‘real life’ of each participant or they won’t be continued!

Attending a new group for the first time is not that easy, either. Most people will tell you it’s difficult. Social activity groups make it a little easier because at least you have a common interest with others and potential topics of conversation. However, for those who need it the most, it remains a challenging thing to do, so they may opt out unless support and a planned introduction are offered. If you know someone who could benefit from one of these groups, offer to take them, offer to teach them. Many libraries around the country offer classes or a “Stitch and Bitch” Group for free. LYS’ offer classes and groups for a nominal fee.

I have been in touch with the Author and she has given me permission to use this information. This isn’t new stuff, she has been here and discussed this before Medical Professionals as far back as 2007 I think(my numbers could be wrong). If you are interested in learning more she has a website: stitchlinks.com . Imagine what kind of world we would live in if all our government officials were required to take a class or two. I hope those big black trucks aren’t coming!

This is the first of a series of blogs, I would really appreciate you commenting. Let me know if I should continue along this road or not. Thanks

stitchlinks.com Knit for Health and Wellness, Crochet Therapy by Belsan Corkhill
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