Everything we love about summer – barbecued tri-tip, fresh peaches, floating lazily down the river in an inner tube – is taking a hiatus as the weather shifts from heat to fog. If you’re like us and the quickly crashing darkness of autumn makes you want to curl up on the couch and knit something,* pull up an ottoman and settle in.
* You don’t even have to know how to knit. That’s where we come in.
Why Crafts Make Your Life Better
Whether you’re the Pavarotti of purling or you’re still getting tangled up in yarn, wrapping up in a scarf you knitted yourself is deeply satisfying. You’re a human and humans are creative – we love making things. Mastering a new skill helps with the demons of perfectionism and stasis and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Crafting is especially good for older adults, because it helps them stay active and healthy by engaging your muscles and brain cells. “Crochet and knitting can help with arthritic stiffness,” says Kim Kotary, a crafts teacher in New York.
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Twist wire and rearrange beading patterns for your new earrings in between sips of hot chai. “Crafting gives people a way to express creative ideas, to make things that are personal and unique,” Kotary explains.
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Quilting or patchwork calls for cutting and arranging and lots of long stitched seams – all of which go well with the new season of Downton Abbey.
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Knitting a blanket will help you keep your sanity as your kids actively try to shatter it. “The repeated rhythmic activity is very relaxing,” explains Kotary.
If this list sounds intriguing but daunting, Kotary offers all manner of crafting classes over Skype.
Are there any crafts you’d love to learn this fall?