Friday 5: 5 things I know for sure about DIY and crafts

Making things yourself is highly satisfying

From playing with fabric combinations to putting the final stitch in a quilt, casting on to taking your dried, blocked piece of knitting and trying it on, admiring the completed scrapbook page or sewing that yarnbomb in place… it feels good to make something with your own hands.

You are more capable than you know

Everyone, even experienced crafters, have moments of “oh, I could never make *that*”, and yes, we have them about crafts we already know how to do.But that doesn’t mean you should let that sneaky fear voice stop you from trying.

Yes, your attempt at a lace shawl may end up a tangly jumble of yarn ramen…the first time. And maybe even the second time or third time. But if you keep trying- and most importantly look at where and how you went wrong and do it differently next time, you’ll get there. And when you do, the victory dance will be totally justified.

Just remember the wise advice of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot: Your significant other will not agree that a knitting achievement, however significant, is worth you waking them up.

Having good tools and materials makes a difference

Even if you’re just starting out. A lot of beginner knitters, for example, buy squeaky cheap acrylic and needles, but if you’re doing something for yourself, especially learning a skill that you hope will become a passion, why not start as you mean to go on? A beautiful chunky merino wool, and some good wood needles, will make the experience of learning and practicing that much more pleasurable- which means you’re more likely to keep going, and get good. Plus which would you rather have as your first finished item: a bright but plasticky scarf, or a squishy, soft one? Which do you think you’re more likely to wear and show off?

Whatever you want to learn, there’s someone out there who can show you.

Google the technique. If you want to learn in person, Google it with the name of your town. Enough said.

Never, ever go DIY when cutting your hair. Especially not your fringe.

Go ahead. Ask me how I know.

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