I am on a quest to surround myself only with the things that bring me joy. To use things rather than collect them for future use. To be thoughtful with the materials I use and the things I make and wear. I want to be perfectly clear that this is a personal journey and not any kind of condemnation or judgement on how anyone chooses to live.
I struggle with the amount of yarn, fiber and tools I own that never get used. Will they ever get used? Why do I own them and what value do they add to my life? It is a complex question. Like many, I have regretted getting rid of supplies that I end up needing, thus purchase...again. This has led to a mentality of clinging to stuff “just in case.” I’m drowning. Something needs to change.
I love the concept of minimalism. I love small intimate settings. I also love my stuff. But, do I really love the stuff or am I holding on to things as a form of a security blanket. Am I afraid of trying something new so I cling to the old? I think there is a certain amount of truth to that statement. I feel like I have gone through my life as that person who never finishes anything, who is like a bumblebee jumping from flower to flower. I admire craftsmen and women who devote themselves to a craft and hone it to perfection. I have always wanted to be that person, but somehow I never could sit still long enough. I turned sixty this year. I think it is time. I want to spend the rest of my life enjoying what I have not overwhelmed by piles of stuff. I don’t want my daughter or grandchildren to have to struggle over what to do with the things I held on to. I want them to have a few very precious things to share and cherish.
So what things do I love enough to do over and over? Knit socks, Crochet, spinning on a drop spindle, then creating art and home decor with the two previous skills. That’s it! So that is what I am going to do.
The business side of things will involve teaching crochet and making hand spun yarn on a drop spindle as well as partner with other yarn makers. I love to promote the work of other fiber artists, so I will be designing crochet items using hand dyed yarns from folks whose work inspires me. The sock knitting? Well, that is strictly personal. I adore making and wearing handknit socks.
I’ll leave you today with a video tour of my “studio.” I hope you will follow along as I travel this path towards being a minimalist fiber artist.