I haven’t touched a knitting needle or a skein of yarn since my water broke just over a year ago. The strange thing is that throughout my high risk pregnancy, I knit almost constantly. I knit my way through the weeks I spent in the hospital trying to stop my preterm labor. I knit in the emergency room and as they wheeled me in for ultrasounds to see if there was still a heartbeat. And, knitting kept my hands busy during the months I was on bed rest.
I took up knitting not because that’s what expectant mamas do but because…
I could do it anywhere.
It was easy to stop and start it.
It wasn’t messy.
So, I knit my way through all that trauma. It gave me something outside myself, outside my body and away from grim statistics about premies. During a high stress time, knitting was something with no pressure. If I missed a stitch I could just remove a few stitches and go back. I’m grateful that knitting carried me through all of that.
Maybe your story isn’t about knitting to treat your anxiety during a high risk pregnancy.
Maybe it’s how you baked your way through heartbreak or painted your way through loneliness when you moved to a new town. No matter what the circumstances, I bet you can think of a time when making has rescued you.
On today’s episode of our podcast I’m chatting with artist @lisabardot about creativity as a way through.
Lisa and I talk about how drawing helped her through a difficult time, the importance of expressing yourself through creativity, the effect the pandemic and its trauma had on making, how to get started tapping into your creativity or a daily practice, courage, vulnerability and how she keeps it all together while juggling her art, business and raising three kids.
Click the play button below or search for Dear Handmade Life on your favorite podcast app to listen.
Also, we’re giving away access to one of our online workshops (if you win, you can pick whichever workshop you’d like). To enter just leave us a review on iTunes here. We’ll randomly pick a winner and announce them at the beginning of our episode of next month. If you win, just email us to claim your prize.
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