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Thursdays Are For Gratitude

(I'm grateful every day . . . but in November, I blog about it, too.)

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On Tuesdays, my dad and I go out for lunch together.  This week, as we sat eating our sandwiches, our conversation turned to hobbies -- and about how so many people just don't "get" them. I'm sure you know what I mean . . . those folks who say things like 'I could never find the time' . . . or 'I don't have the patience.'  Or - worst of all - those people who belittle your choice of hobby: 'she plays in the dirt' or 'you probably made that'.  We both agreed that it's just silly and sad, and neither of us understand how people can NOT have hobbies.  For both my dad and I, our hobbies provide entertainment and outlets for creativity and friendships and -- even some really useful objects.

All of our talk about hobbies got me thinking more about my own this week -- how much they add to my days and settle me and just . . . well . . . please me!

So today, I'm grateful for my hobbies, and in particular, for the hobbies that allow me to make things.

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  • I'm grateful for the teachers who showed me how to use my hands to make beautiful things in the first place:  my great grandmother (who taught me how to embroider), my mom (who taught be how to knit), and Miss Helzer (who taught me the right way to sew).
  • I'm grateful for the ever-expanding availability of lovely materials to work with.  Earlier in my life, I was limited by the fabric and fiber choices available to me locally (often . . . just Red Heart yarn at the grocery store, y'know?).  Now?  There are yarn shops and fabric stores and fiber festivals and "big box" craft stores -- not to mention all the online resources.  It is a treasure trove of options out there.
  • I'm grateful for all the online resources to help me be a better knitter/stitcher/sewist.  Ravelry (for keeping track of my projects and patterns, for an endless parade of new designs, and for real-life photos of finished projects), Pinterest (for never-ending ideas and inspiration - and a way to sort and save them), blogs (for friendship and technique and inspiration), YouTube videos (for technique and instructional how-tos).  Really . . . an embarrassment of riches.

How about you?  What are you grateful for today?

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Carole

I can't imagine a life without hobbies either! I mean . . . reading, knitting, sewing, painting . . . those things add SO much to my life!

Bonny

I worry about people that don't have hobbies! I think their lives might be not as rich, creative, or just as enjoyable as they could be. I wish I had more time for reading, knitting, and exploring new hobbies.
P.S. I love your weekly lunch date! This is important and something I wish I had done.

Kat

I, too, love your lunch date! I did not have lunch dates with my nana, but every night when I cooked dinner I called her. We talked about what we were each respectively making and I welcome her ideas and suggestions for meal improvement! She taught me to sew, and cook, and so many things. All of which are *still* part of my life today. (plus a few additional things - because she always said, you are never too old to learn!)

And, I am profoundly thankful for her - and even more thankful that I had her for so many years.

Dee

All of those things that you mentioned.

Especially You-Tube today. I had to look up a stitch and following the brief video made it easy-peazy!

Mary

I host a knitting group at my mom's community on Thursdays. It's a small group, but the conversation is lively and the knitting is always interesting. I am grateful for a way to connect!

Valerie

Me too on this post. It's why I have Melanie Falick's new book on my Christmas wish list:
Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live

Sarah

I often wonder what those people who don't have hobbies do when they're not working or sleeping. Do they just stare at the wall? My life is so much richer because of the things I do in my spare time, and I couldn't imagine life without them.

Chloe

I am very grateful for knitting. All I can say to those who disparage hobbies is that I feel sorry for them. What a wonderful thing, a weekly lunch with your Dad. I think a lot of people could benefit from your positive example. It might be awkward if there has been a long lapse, but they could start by sharing memories. Coincidentally, an idea proposed on a TV show recently on how to survive big Thanksgiving dinners. Survive?? I was Grateful! Also looking forward to Melanie Falick's book!

Margene Smith

How wonderful you can have lunch with your dad and have a great conversation. People who have no desire to follow a creative pursuit (or several pursuits) just make me feel sad and/or sorry for them. Maybe they spend their time in other productive ways (but how?!). Daily I think of dozens of people, places, and things (truly an embarrassment of privileges) that fill my heart with gratitude. How can I be so fortunate to be in this place and time?

Honore´

I just want to be cloned so I can engage in my hobbies all at the same time...love your lunch dates with your dad; brought a few trips down memory lane for me. Thank you!
Cheers~

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