The world appeared to spin a little faster between the end of the Moksha show and now. I was so very focused on the show that there was a catch-up moment. But just 10 days later I was starting a new free form project called ‘crochet a day’. Based loosely on Julia Cameron’s (the artist’s way, 1992) artist pages in which one would ‘free write’ or in this case ‘free crochet’ everyday. Yes…although I often crochet about 25 on every 30 days I managed between 3 – 5 times a week for this project, to truly get to this meditation . I tried to add Another level to my commitment to the ambiguous and start a new page everyday, intermittently working them into one from sept 15 -oct 15.
Lessons learned- most process books the artist’s way, creative license , etc give exercises to do day by day. Although this is useful, and I might investigate this further, setting a parameter for a -month ( a color way, a period of time eg.45min, a general theme or set of stitches to use) and having that as a go to means a new ‘page’ can be embarked upon quickly and without choosing new materials and humming and haing. A quick selection of a theme or set of colors especially- remnant pieces -that are always with you (and an appropriate sized hook) Mirrors what other books say about setting yourself up to succeed.
Also important- no guilt. If you do not succeed to crochet free every day, don’t stress. Set up new parameters every few weeks to keep your interest peaked. As usually the pay off is a utilitarian product, crocheting toward nothing as a meditation means you should refuse assigning a function to your product for the longest possible time. This changes your practice toward the moment rather than the future, the feeling, learning, and creative rather than following someone else’s ideas.
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