December 16: I'm Not Crafty

Whenever in the company of non-knitters I frequently get the comment “I’m not crafty like you”. Which is usually followed by something about how busy they are.
I got to thinking about it the other day and no, I’m NOT crafty. Knitting is not crafty, crochet is not crafty, sewing is not crafty. This is crafty:
macaroni popsicle
Macaroni necklaces and popsicle art, that is crafty. I’m not crafty because I don’t care to make things of this nature. Last time I checked, every child at Mason’s school was capable of being crafty. How can a grown adult NOT be crafty, unless they just choose not to be.
Honestly I don’t understand why anyone would want to avoid creativity. It is about more than just making stuff. The same thought processes that go into creating beautiful and useful things, are also a very useful life skill. Innovation, problem solving, entrepreneurialism – the most successful business moguls and community leaders exercise creativity on a daily basis.
On those occasions that I am in the company of these busy non-crafty people, I just have to bite my tongue. Unfortunately I have yet to come up with an appropriate creative response. Emphasis on the word appropriate.
Fortunately I get to be surrounded by like-minded creative people every day that I go to work. You all keep me sane, and my knitting.
Everyone at SWAK makes “stuff” – we knit, crochet, sew, quilt, paint, rug hook, make jewelry, tat, weave, spin…just to name a few.
My question to you today is what stuff do you make? Two lucky creative souls (I won’t call you crafters!) will win one of these cute bags that Lori made.
Project Bags
I’ll announce the winners tomorrow!


  • Beth

    16.12.2013 at 00:33 Reply

    Besides the knitting and crochet, I like to make jewelry. So far I’ve mastered bead weaving and beading in that arena and hope to learn more.

  • stephenia

    16.12.2013 at 07:46 Reply

    I dabble in s bit of everything -sometimes just to try it out. But my favorites are knitting, crochet, quilting, art journaling and sketching.

  • VReyes

    16.12.2013 at 08:12 Reply

    Along with knitting, I sew and work chainmaille. The sewing was more of a necessity when I needed to hem some pants that I purchased without thinking about the fact that I was too short to wear them. The chainmaille is a hobby I have picked up with my boyfriend. Learning how to bend the metal and work it into beautiful designs has been fascinating!

  • pindy4176

    16.12.2013 at 09:12 Reply

    Knitting and cooking/baking are probably the two crafts (in the true sense of the word) I do most. I love to try new recipes! I also like to make wreaths.
    After the holiday mayhem abates, I plan to add sewing and the occasional cross-stitch back into the mix.
    I dream of my house and I being festooned with things I’ve made!

  • JudySmith

    16.12.2013 at 09:40 Reply

    N addition to knitting I have started to weave.

  • hthrldwg

    16.12.2013 at 09:49 Reply

    I knit, sew and bake. I’d love to learn to crochet someday.

  • Rebekah

    16.12.2013 at 09:50 Reply

    In addition to my knitting and crocheting, I do a small amount of beading and crosstitch. That’s about as crafty as I get.

  • stacyawebb

    16.12.2013 at 10:53 Reply

    Lately I’ve been making cards and pom pom balls. With some of my boys. Gotta love that willingness.

  • Betty

    16.12.2013 at 11:08 Reply

    I would have to say, I dauble in it all! I first learned to sew on my Grandma’s treadle sewing machine. I taught myself to crochet from a how-to book. I took a class when I was 10 to learn knitting. (I was the only “child” in the home extension sponsored class.) I bought a bead weaving loom to make bracelets, helped my grandma paint quilt squares with those ball-point paint tubes too. I picked up and completed several cross-stitch kits and then it was needlepoint. I’ve done a little hand embroidery, & jumped on the punch needle craze at it’s height of interest. I have also hooked a few small rugs, made quilts for my babies, & did charted needle dinosaurs on shirts for my boys (which remind me of those multi-patterned/multi-colored Mo-Betta western shirts they had to have – involving some creative pattern drafting). I took a decorative painting class, did ribbon weaving for a clutch purse, & also have done some scrapbooking. I also took a tatting class, everything clicked after years of trying to learn it from a book. Now I know what the books were trying to tell/show me.
    I’ve decorated many a birthday cake, not only for my children, but also the big double-mix sheet cakes for birthday celebrations at my husband’s workplace each month. I also think sometimes being Ms. Fix-It should be considered a craft, if it’s acceptable, with my attitude of it’s not working now, either I can repair it, or I can’t, so what’s to lose.
    If any new or revived craft comes along, I have to try it. I’ve experienced very few failures, (free-hand machine embroidery doesn’t float my boat at all) my determination taking precedence. Just don’t ask me to duplicate items multiple times. I have, for special occasions such as classroom parties, but once those 30 or 60 items are done (always last minute, with many sleepless nights) those items are never repeated.
    Wow, no wonder I have trouble focusing,LOL! I have a huge case of start-i-tis. Always with the best of intentions though.

  • teliam

    16.12.2013 at 11:27 Reply

    I like to do any craft that keeps me busy. Sew, knit, pinterest crafts.

  • mbkinser

    16.12.2013 at 12:47 Reply

    Hmmm. Knitting, drawing, order from chaos, I make a good mess.

  • mschoir01

    16.12.2013 at 13:08 Reply

    Just can’t keep we creative types down to a single activity, can we? I shouldn’t be picked for this one, but yep, like most of us here, if it is fiber related, I’ve tried it. Everything but rug hooking, that is. I couldn’t wear it, so it held no appeal.

  • pharris824

    16.12.2013 at 14:57 Reply

    I agree that knitting isn’t crafty… When done right (like you do it!), it’s artistry. In the last couple of years, I picked back up on needlepoint, which I hadn’t done since high school. I joined 21 others in needlepointing communion rail kneelers for our church. A woman back east (quite an artist) hand-painted each of these beautiful canvases. So we had the easy part, bringing to life these canvases. That’s the most fun I’ve had making anything in years!

  • rjpirrong

    16.12.2013 at 16:44 Reply

    I like to knit, paint, sew and do “crafty” things with the boys like make bracelets, cook, put Legos together etc ; )!!

  • jlbeene83

    16.12.2013 at 19:08 Reply

    I like to do a little bit of everything! Here lately I’ve been working on some mixed media projects, I’m really into art!

  • Melann526

    16.12.2013 at 19:15 Reply

    Another dabbler here! Fortunately my lovely husband has agreed to forego a guest room in favor of a walk-in closet, a baby room, and a craft room in our new house. I need it to house the yarn for knitting, crocheting and weaving, the scrapbook supplies, fabric for quilting, the glass for mosaics, a couple of stamping kits, some beading supplies, and that’s before you get to the things that I have just for general prettiness!

  • rczb

    16.12.2013 at 22:09 Reply

    I crochet more than anything. I occasionally knit, and used to sew. I’ve been collecting fabric for quilting again, so I’ll have to start that sometime. Weaving is also on my list of things to do. (And I seem to collect bags…yes, that’s a hint! Too bad I don’t know how to get the random number chooser to take a hint.)

  • Yarntramp

    16.12.2013 at 22:29 Reply

    I make jewelry, wreaths, pillows & bed covers. I am learning to knit & think I am going to love it! I can do stuff around the house like putting in a new thermostat, replaced a bathroom light fixture, new outlets. I have been known to paint a bit. I am willing to give it a try to avoid paying a service call. I may have cut a tree down or two. Videos on line have been a help but a real person is even better to get tips from, especially when learning a new craft. 🙂

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