When people ask why I knit or "craft", I feel the same way as when people ask me why I write. I really have no idea why I do any of it. Part of it is that I can barely remember a time when I wasn't churning out words or knit items from the tips of my fingers. But mainly, it just feels good to take something relatively ordinary like a pile of words or ball of yarn and transform them into something extraordinary.
The weather was too gorgeous this past crafting weekend to devote too much time to actual crafting. We diligently pulled out our projects on Tuesday afternoon when the group of five girls arrived and moved (temporarily) into the old, unused lodge building down the road. But when Wednesday dawned just as gorgeous as the day before, we shoved the projects in the corner and spent the entire day out on the dock.
Despite our sunbathing tendencies this crafting weekend, we still managed to do a fair bit of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Just take floating in the lake, for example. Pretty awesome just the way it is, but when I mention our need for floating noodles, Katie's eyes lit up. She turned to Emily: "You have your air mattress with, don't you?"
Some people might be deterred by the air mattress's very clear labeling that it was not meant for use as personal floatation device. This group was not. "Bullsh!t!" declared Betsy.
It took some doing, but we managed to turn the mattress into a multi-person floatation device.
Of course some things require no transformation. The double rainbow that appeared on the last evening of crafting weekend was pretty extraordinary just the way it was.
It's been one busy, beautiful week at Of Woods and Words. Stayed tuned to hear about the "miracle" that happened Saturday evening.