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Why does a techie such as
like to do hand work?
There is pleasure in producing a physical object.
I learned a lot from the elders in my family, dear friends, and fellow crafters which needs to be kept alive and passed on.
As a designer, finding a knitting or crochet pattern and following it results in appreciation for the work of other designers.
For vintage patterns especially, I feel a kinship with generations of women who did needlework to clothe their families or make something pretty, often to give to a friend.
There is a need for unique, hand made items as well as the mass-produced things we normally buy.
Since my neuromuscular disease has progressed, I have had to abandon more physically demanding activities.
I learned to sew, embroider, and crochet as a child. In college and graduate school I picked up knitting. Later I learned to spin and as might be expected from my formal training in chemistry, took up vegetable dyeing too. I am also interested in the history of technology -- the roots of computer programming are in the textile industry!
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