I’ve just been to Spinrite Factory Outlet for 4 days last week. What a treat it was for me.
I was very fortunate to meet many fans, most for the very first time during my time. What a joy it is for me on a personal level. It still shocks me that people are excited to meet me. I still feel like the small boy from a little town.
Many fans share their stories with me. How they came to find me and/or why they crochet. We are each connected to each other as we have a similar interest. Even for me, starting The Crochet Crowd was a need to find others that care about crochet like I do… but truth is… it’s much more than just crochet when you really strip away the hook and yarn.
Many stories reflected a personal story of coping with a situation, expressing creativity, self healing and much more. This is what brings us together.
Another woman shared her story about trying to get crochet back into the school system. She was from Germany and its still an important creative outlet that is taught in schools. We don’t see that here in North America unless a teacher or assistant decides to run an extra curricular activity.
I was really moved by this story as the woman shared that creativity doesn’t start when a child enters the school system… nor does creativity end at 3:30 pm when school is over. Creativity and the passion for the arts starts with mom and/or dad at home. It’s true for my personal story and I believe crocheters and knitters know this to be true as well.
Will we ever seen the knitting and crocheting enter the school system as part of the arts program, I highly doubt it. Though I do question the cost of a hook and yarn is so minimal that it seems that it’s something that could go into a budget. The other truth too is that you won’t really see an adult finger painting or doing Popsicle houses or anything along those lines. Though they are important creative outlets to explore as a kid, it seems Knitting and Crochet are life long hobbies that really could be part of the school system.
As easy as I make this sound, I wouldn’t want to be a school teacher. I think there’s a lot of pressure for academics and noticing kid’s behaviors in general, I think it’s a job that is too hard for me on a personal level. My patience would run thin.
One of the grades I did as a kid was a year of pure hell for me. The teacher wasn’t creative and heavy on the books and loved to discipline. She was the type when she is upset, she wouldn’t stop until you were in full tears in front of everyone. Utter humiliation would best describe parts of my year. It was one of the worse years in my school career I had ever faced. Even now, 30 years later, I still have a very bitter taste in my mouth over that year. I don’t think I ever seen her laugh or smile. In retrospect, she was unable to mix in the fun, academics and creativity within the year. A year that I nearly failed. For me, I learn best when there’s a mix of educational learning that is mixed with creativity and joy. Looking at how I run my YouTube, you can see passion, excitement and enthusiasm all mixed in while you learn at the same time. For me, that’s the only way things get to my brain and I’m sure I am not the only one.
Share with me some of your thoughts on this.