Avoiding the creative void


It was just after 7am yesterday morning, and wonders upon wonders, all three children were still sleeping… most of them were even in their own beds! My husband had already left for work and I was using the quiet time to drink my green smoothie and mentally prepare for the day ahead.

This time alone would normally have been spent knitting or crocheting. Now I’m not a morning person, but I do think that there’s something refreshing about starting my day with a little uninterrupted creative time.

I think that I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been knitting or crocheting one thing or another since well before Christmas. I honestly can’t remember a day in the past 9 months, where either my needles or hooks haven’t been touched… unfortunately, either can my elbow. The pain started a few weeks ago, right as I was finishing Abby’s blanket, but I worked through it and kept on doing my thing. Afterall, I had projects to complete and gifts to make!! It progressively got worse though and I couldn’t keep ignoring it – I believe that I’ve gotten knitters/tennis elbow, and am now forcing myself to take a little break right now to let it heal.

The problem is that the need to make and create has been so strong lately… maybe because over the past year or so, I’ve made it a point to always have at least one creative project to work on. Thankfully, I come from a family of makers – women who never really had idle hands and who taught me how to create like they did… it’s because of them that I’m not limited in how to fill the creative void. It just means that, until my elbow is healed, my hands will be pushing fabric through the sewing machine or holding fabric filled hoops and embroidery needles instead of knitting needles/crochet hooks and yarn.

I think that my hands – and heart – will be happy either way!



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