Mindful Mindlessness

Apr 26, 2010

Blanket, nearly finished

Last week on the Make and Meaning blog, I wrote about crafting on autopilot – that's how it feels when my hands take over and my mind takes a break. In many ways it's my favourite kind of crafting. It's a special kind of obsession, really. And for me, it only happens with the simplest of projects. A giant granny square, a ripple blanket, a plain scarf. That's part of why so many of the projects I make are dead simple. I like the mindlessness. I need the mindlessness.

I've nearly finished my giant granny square blanket. Remember the one, from ages ago? I ripped it out when I found more yarn, and I'm very glad I did. Now it's a good size to keep one person warm, and the lighter yarns certainly brighten the whole thing up.

So what about you? Do your hands ever take over your crocheting? Do you balance more involved projects with mindless ones?

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cfesunflower wrote
on Apr 27, 2010 10:00 AM

Kim your blanket is really cool.  I wondered what you had decided to do.  In answer to your questions... One of the reasons I took up crocheting was for the relaxation and need to get my mind clear in the evenings before bed.  I do find that working on a complicated pattern late in the evenings gets me all "geeked up" and unable to sleep.  So I do try have a project going that does meet the "mindless" criteria.  Stroller size baby blankets usually do the trick.


Kim Werker wrote
on Apr 27, 2010 10:18 AM

Carlita, I wish I could get all geeked up from complicated patterns at night. I find when I've got those solid hours to crochet at night, all I'm able to concentrate on is the simplest of things. Which is great, but it means I rarely have the mental energy to tackle more involved projects!

cdthomas wrote
on Apr 28, 2010 2:19 PM

I mindlessly crochet while on the bus, usually in the morning. If something's too complex for the bus, then I have to wait after I've rested, and when TV's so boring that I put more attention on the pattern.

But, in a way, crafting's always mindful -- the 'mindlessness' we seek is the switching off of concerns other than the task at hand.