Skip to main content

Is Solitude Serenity? Is Alone Lonely?

On a couple of ocassions lately, I have mentioned to a good friend that I am traveling to some places near and some far to seek solitude. My next adventure will be spending a month in a Florida Airbandb this winter by myself. Apparently, this struck my friend as odd; she felt compelled to ask me why I would want to go for that long and be alone.

A little shocked that she was questioning my sanity, I am not sure that I gave her a good answer. First of all, I don't envision being entirely alone there. I have crochet friends in Florida who I am sure I will catch up with. I also have a cousin there and another dear firend who I am sure will at least spend a weekend with me.

I've already thought about pacing these visitors with some time in-between because I do think I might get a little lonely, but the opportunity to explore, crochet, read and do what I want when I want is very appealing to me! I am never at a loss for things to do and often feel like I am running on a treadmill to keep up. My crochet is my tranquility. It always relaxes me and has gotten me through some hard times!

My carry-on baggage for the trip will be chocked full of the projects that I want to work on while in Florida and all the supplies I need to happily crochet every day! That's not to say that I won't check out some local yarn shops as well!

As you probably already know if you've been following my here on the blog, I am a strong believer in the healthful qualities of crochet an have written about it often. I recently started a new chapter in the "rest of my life" when my husband died on July 1, 2016. I am proud of how I have adjusted and how I have focused on the fond memories and embraced happiness instead of despair.

You'll enjoy this video that clearly shows the power of crochet to bring joyful outcomes to families of hospitalized babies, as well as a calming mental state for the paramedics who crochet hats! My only wish is that the paramedic who speaks would feel pride rather than laughing in a way that converys insignificant value to what she is doing!

So what is :alone" to me? When I crochet alone, I am not lonely because I go to places of tranquility and joy; I find excitement in my creativity and as a project finishes I am content! I crochet with two groups also and enjoy the socializing and sharing. I am serene when I am alone, knowing that I can have a busy life but always return to solitude to recharge the batteries.

Where do you crochet? Does crochet bring you serenity? I'd love to have your comments here.


Comments

Anonymous said…
From Twisted1 on Ravelry: I totally get needing to be alone with one’s own thoughts and do not think it strange at all. It feeds the soul and allows the creative juices to flow freely.

Popular posts from this blog

CGOA Celebrates 20 Years ~ Part 3: Juried Crochet Art Exhibits

Saturday, March 29, 2014



In August 1994, I hosted 90 avid crocheters for a weekend conference at De Paul University in Chicago that included classes taught by Bill Elmore, Joan Davis, Arlene Mintzer and more;  a Keynote Address by Sylvia Landman (Crafting for Dollars); a lecture by Annie Potter; marketplace, meals together, door prizes a plenty. An optional tour of Lake Michigan on the Spirit of Chicago was offered along with an optional post conference workshop with Pauline Turner. The most ambitious of all during the weekend was the Juried Exhibit of Crochet Art.
At the time, I firmly believed that crochet art was an amazing way to educate people about the vast possibilities of crochet. It is amazing to see what can be achieved with just a hook and flexible lines from many, many materials. Today I still hold the same belief: crochet is as varied as the crocheter who does it. Crochet art, however, moves and amazes even the most seasoned professionals when they see how artists apply t…

Part 1 ~ Irregular Expressions: a Mother/Daughter Team

Incredibly amazed when I discovered Irrregular Expressions and the work of Turkish artist, Sebahat, I wanted to know more. Following is the interview I conducted online with her and her daughter, Aysegul.
Crochetkween: Is Bolu, where you live, near any larger Turkish city that we would recognize?
Aysegul: Bolu is a small city midway between Istanbul and Ankara, we are surrounded with snowy mountains, dense forests and small lakes. 

Art to Wear Exhibit: WomanMade Gallery, Chicago

Yes, my specialty is crochet, and yes I am the author of the Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works from Twenty Contemporary Artists. However, I love fiber in all of its forms and Art-To-Wear is no exception. The Art Wear movement established firm roots in the decade of the eighties with the publication of Julie Schafler Dale's incredible book, Art To Wear.

,


Broaden your horizons: be on the look out for all kinds of fiber art shows. You might even run into a cnocheted piece of art now and again and for sure a lovely sky to gaze at too!