It seems like I've read several blogs and/or articles in magazines about how stitching has helped people through troubled times.
I totally believe that stitching can help you get through hard times. It can totally de-stress you after an extremely hard day. As we all know it's the rhythm of the stitch, whether is it just a x-stitch or something a little bit fancier. Up and down, in and out, however you think of it, it makes you slow down and enjoy the journey.
However, I've found that for me, I don't really NEED to be stitching to get the therapeutic benefit. I found that as long as I'm carrying my stitching with me I have a calming feeling. I guess it's just being close to the bag that does it, in fact I keep it next to my chair in the living room. Some days I just look at the projects in it and feel better. Some days I look at ALL the projects in it and wonder what in the world I was thinking when I went to the dark side of having more than one project going at a time.
Right now this is my bag of choice. I've been using it for at least 10 years. The handles are all frayed and I'm seeing worn spots on the bottom. But until I see another one like it, I will carry this one as long as it holds up. I got it at a yarn store that is no longer in business, got a ball of yarn to go in it because I felt silly just buying the bag. It has all kinds of neat pockets in it and a zipper on the top. It fits nicely under the seat in front of me on an airplane, it can be crammed into the truck or back seat of a car and of late keeps my cat (Ms. Kitty) occupied because she loves attacking the handles. It carries my stitching, my knitting and even my electronics at time (Kindle, I-pad, computer).
So why am I thinking about my bag today? I'll be going to see my oldest sister soon and it will go with me, as it went with me to the hospital after she had her surgery, as it went with me when we went to chemo together, as it goes with me everywhere. This will most likely be my last visit with my sister, I want to go while she is still in relatively good heath and we can laugh together about growing up. While she has won lots of fights along the way, she knew she wouldn't win the war. So while I know I most likely won't take anything out while I'm with her other than to show it off, it will be close to me and I will have my strength.
So do you also find satisfaction in just knowing your stitching or other projects are close at hand like me? Or am I the only one who carries their crafts around?
My goal in life is to accumulate enough bags that my kids can call me a bag lady. I don't toss my retired friends away, I keep them all in my closet so I can remember the memories of all the projects that were carried in them.
Happy stitching - full moon is coming soon and I'm excited that I will actually have some progress to show off :)