Isn't that a lovely present to give someone?
I had an interesting time this afternoon, bloghopping the world. Via the Hot Cocoa Swap I found red shoes and she was having a little ideology questioning moment; very interesting it was and I have left a discussion point with her. But it got me further along a track I have been on for a while now and it seems to tie in with a zeitgeist trembling to life. Crafters are lovely people.
Seriously. People who are involved in craft are (by dint of choice of their hobby/outlet/desire/free time filler) inherently kind people. I recognise that as gross generalisation b/c there must be some out there who actually don't like other people's cats/gardens/whatever but when we craft it ends with a tangible result. A result we look to give away very often, to share. We use our time and skills to create useful, beautiful, functional, frivolous items to benefit the world around us.
Physically or emotionally. We invest time in creating things which can then represent so much to those who receive them. Imagine slipping on handmade socks - surely there is an automatic positive energy to your day b/c someone spent time and energy finding the correct yarn and colour to suit you. Just for you. An afghan for a friend's baby is more than to keep a child warm; it is an expression of friendship, of joy, of community and communion.
I believe that the ways of looking at the world as postulated by people like yarnstorm are simply the magnified voice of so many crafters in both the real and imaginary worlds. We want more than hyperbole and high life,in fact we actually want less. It is the things lying underneath the froth we look for - we want creativity and sharing and expression and support and recognition and laughter and guidance and learning.
It would seem to me that crafters have a recipe for a good life right to hand.