Did you craft in public this past weekend? Saturday was World Wide Knit in Public Day and some of the Yarn Geeks got together out in sunny California. Of course they had a wonderful time out in the sunshine with their projects. I remember when I first heard about WWKIP day and I was a little unsure about practicing my craft out there for the whole world to see. I didn't want people to think I was weird. Knitting was something that grandmothers did, not college students. It may seem like a silly insecurity to some people, but there are a lot of us out there who worry about how we are perceived and try desperately to stay under the radar. Sitting in a public place and whipping out my needles and yarn was not something I thought was normal.
First, can we all agree that it doesn't matter what other people think about us? I know that this can be easier said than done sometimes, but knitting in public has taught me that my craft is part of who I am and that I shouldn't have to hide it. One of my first knitting in public events was in Rittenhouse Square Park in Philadelphia and it was eye opening for me. There were people everywhere, knitting without a care on blankets in the grass with their friends. I realized that I had found my people and that it was ok to be a college student who knits. In the park that day, it didn't matter who you were; you could still knit. That lesson has not only helped me to be more comfortable in my own skin, but it has also taught me to be more open minded about other people.
Second, let's make being weird a good thing. Merriam Webster defines it as "of strange or extraordinary character." That doesn't sound too awful to me. Yes, there are some negative words associated with weird, but I'm quite fond of all of the positive words; fantastic, curious, eccentric, funky, funny, remarkable. And if we were all the same, I think people would be a bit boring.
In our mindful making this week, let's list some things about ourselves that make us extraordinary and remarkable. The list can start out fairly simple; I like to knit (or crochet, or spin, or cross stitch, or quilt). Maybe you talk loud when you're excited or enjoy walking in the grass barefoot. Keep thinking of things that you like to do, smell, read, eat or watch. Maybe there is something that you like that someone told you was weird (I was teased in middle school for reading fantasy books). Definitely put that on the list and think about it in a positive way. Then, out loud or as a whisper, say "Yeah it's weird, because I'm remarkable."