On most days, I feel pretty confident about my yarn skills. I know I can spin, wash, dye, knit with the best of them. Because my confidence is all tied up in yarn (pun intended), I just didn't think it was possible for me to do other things.
This year, I have been trying to try everything. I began gardening, canning, sewing, metalwork. I know this is going to sound ridiculous, but I didn't even cross my mind that growing food was so easy. Now, to be fair, I only planted really easy crops and on a very small scale. I have the typical stuff like squash, pumpkins, herbs, tomatoes, onions, and carrots. Obviously, food doesn't just appear from thin air. But, I have never been good at keeping plants green and out of the trash can. A garden as small as mine is on auto-pilot. I weed and then employ Baby Cutthroat to water it. I don't even really understand why I am so amazed by it all.
I feel like keeping my crafting options open and branching outward. When spending so much of your days focused on fiber, it is so good to start new things (and be terrible at them). It is refreshing to learn something new. And, I always have a willing accomplice. Grammy Cutthroat comes over and is open to some crazy idea I just saw online somewhere. Last week, it was, "hey, let's make Mr. Cutthroat a tie!" The weekend before, it was, "hey, let's go pick 8 lbs of strawberries and make a million jars of jelly!" The weekend before that, it was, "I saw this thing online about stamping metal..." She's a good sport.
I'm off now to make something crazy that I am learning for the first time and executing on the fly. And, it may not be good, but at least it is new.