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How to Crochet in the Right Mind

Happy National Left-Hander’s Day!

As a left handed person, I know the woes of scissors not cutting correctly, ink being smeared all over the side of my hand when writing, and not being able to just pick up a gaming controller and play. Also, hearing, “Oh, you’re a lefty” every time I do anything in front of a person was old 30 years ago.

While being left-handed is considered pretty rare—making up only 10% of the world’s population—being a southpaw does have its perks.

  • Lefties remember song lyrics better than right-handers. The fact that I can remember the words to pretty much every song I’ve heard since 1985 leads me to believe this is true.
  • They have Right-Brain dominance. This means we tend to be more creative and imaginative, are better at expressing feelings even non-verbally, and are great at daydreaming.
  • Left-Handed people are divergent thinkers. They are said to be good at complex reasoning, resulting in a high number of lefty Noble Prize winners, writers,artists, musicians, architects and mathematicians.
  • 20170813_123327There are Stores dedicated to Lefties. These places not only sell novelty items touting our (assumed) superiority, they also have practical items like left-handed scissors, can openers, and notebooks that don’t let the spiral cut into your arm. Honestly, I would hate not being able to drink out of my favorite coffee cup with my left hand.

Crochet with Confidence

Being a left-handed crocheter does come with some challenges. Mainly that most tutorials are made for right-handed people, and crocheting left-handed is more than just doing the mirror of the 90%. Here are few tutorials to help you get started on your hook wielding dreams.

  1. Moogly – One of my go-to places for a lot of things. Great patterns and tutorials
  2. WikiHow – When all else fails, look at life sized, step-by-step photos of what to do
  3. Crochet Guild of America – It has to be official coming from the CGOA, right?

I’d love to hear about any projects you’re working on, starting, or need help understanding. Post a comment, or send me a message!

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Thoughtful Thursday: Creative Therapy

For a long time, I have turned to crochet as a mindful activity to clear my head and to cope with the world around me. Having a mental illness—major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder—finding coping methods is key to fighting my own head. I figured I would put this information right out there early in my blog because so much of my creativity comes from my internal demons, and my need to craft keeps me as sane as I can be. y illness does ebb and flow, and will always be a part of me, but I am learning to manage it.

I have been lucky. In my life I have been inspired by several people with many different artistic talents. My younger sister can visualize a drawing, painting, or scrapbook page and create it as if out of thin air; my daddy is an amazing woodworker, and I remember watching him completely lose himself in the grain of the wood. Both my mother and my aunt express imagination and beauty through quilts, albeit in very different ways. However, that’s the beauty of art; there is not a “wrong way” to create and through each piece the individual’s personalit shines through.

For me, it’s crochet. With every project I do, I fall into a place of calm. I am able to claer my mind and focus on the fell of the yarn, the color, the texture, the thickness… it’s taking a simple skein and turning it into a beautiful piece, no matter the final product. I am able to completely los track of time and self. Crocheting allows me to think in a different way then day-to-day problem solving we all face.

Crochet doesn’t just satify my creative needs, there is evidence that crocheting has health benefits due to fighting against depression, physical pain, insomnia, and grief, to name a few. In his 2004 TED Talk, “Flow, TheSecret to Happiness”, Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi stated, “When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life, you know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.”

Become Part of Something Larger

I encourage all of you to try something creative. Start small if you have to or take a class. Find something that speaks to the right side of your brain, and straight to your heart. If you desire, there are groups of all creative types who meet and you can soon build your network of positive, creative minds to challenge and accept you just as you are. Local libraries are a great place to start looking, as well as Meet Up, which allows you to find like-minded creators in your area. I personally will be at the Loops ‘N Hooch Meetup, August 20. Feel free to join us!

Reading List – Great books on the topic and to get you  started

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Crochet Saved my Life by Katheryn Vercillo
Crafting Calm by Maggie Shannon
Art Journals & Creative Healing: Restoring the Spirit through Self-Expression by Sharon Soneoff

 

 

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Welcome!

Hi, I’m Eny Irelan, and I hope you will join me on a voyage beyond measure through giving everyday greater meaning through creativity. This blog is my way to share all of the ways creativity brings joy to myself, my family, and those around me. It’s a place to let my geek-freak flag fly, discuss the crazy ways of marriage, motherhood,  life, and possibly most importantly, how crafting is therapeutic, and for me, crochet is my sanctuary and therapy rolled into one.

Come and join us on this awesome adventure!