It doesn’t matter if you can’t sew or knit a sweater like your grandma. What really counts is that you rediscover the true value of time and objects.
All it takes is a ball of wool in your handbag, a seemingly elusive idea, and a tiny little bit of your precious time. There are plenty of women out there who have rediscovered their love of DIY. They have learnt that using their hands is good for both their mind and their heart. It doesn’t matter if you can’t sew or knit a sweater like your grandma. What really counts is that you rediscover the true value of time and objects.
Combining and touching materials, trimming, and losing yourself in a sea of different colours and shades can compensate for all sorts of tricks life plays on you, and transform them into a serene smile. The feeling of satisfaction you can gain from finishing a DIY task is indescribable. It’s a feeling that’s probably too personal to put a name on it, but one thing’s for sure: it’s both addictive and highly contagious.
It’s comparable to a small revolution inside of us which we can resort to every time we need a little break from the world.
Or sometimes we may be looking for exactly the opposite, and end up enjoying our hobby with friends, working together, chatting, and laughing over the pleasure of a cross-stitch or a loop of knitting.
Perhaps this makes you think of a group of grannies armed with knitting needles?
To be honest, it’s not an image I dislike, but in fact, there’s a multitude of associations that have transformed knitting and weaving into social and/or urban projects:
I’m thinking of the generous DIY efforts of Animammersa, an association that supports reconstruction after the earthquakes in L’Aquila and Emilia in Central and Northern Italy, with its project Mettiamoci una pezza (Let’s put something back). Another DIY group that comes to my mind are the tireless women of Knitting Relay who are organizing Total Pink in the Northern Italian city of Faenza, an event in which the entire city gets smothered in pink to raise awareness of women’s issues.
To cut a long story short: Whether you do it on your own, or in company, the most important thing is to enjoy your very own DIY colour therapy to the fullest.
Guest Blogger: Le Funky Mamas