On Handwork

Listen to the lilting, soothing, meditative voice of *Renate Hiller in this short video, and you will find a precious gem.

She says, “Our destiny is written in the hand. And what do we do in our modern world with our hands? You know we move the mouse, we drive and so on. We feel plastic most of the time. The hands are relegated to very little that’s actually bringing dexterity to our times. So we have come ever more estranged from nature and from also what other human beings are doing.”

And also, “If you do practical work somewhere on the school grounds, there is practical work going on. The children will all go to that. They’re really drawn to that. They want to experience it and however the reality is that there’s less and less of that. In the home, you know you can use already bought vegetables, all chopped up and ready to eat. There is very little activity like kneading the bread, and you know children grasp first an item and then they grasp with their mind. So if they have very little to grasp other than plastic ready made toys then what their mind grasps is very little.”

As we age, it’s just as important to connect with creative activities as it is for children.  Finding the purity of something beautiful, away from the craziness of our plastic, modern world.  Knitting is one way to do this.

Max in a sweater knit by yours truly.

Max in a sweater knit by yours truly.



Shawl knitted by me

Shawl knit by me

Yours in aging with class,

*Renate Hiller is the co-director of the Fiber Craft Studio at the Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, New York

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2 Responses to On Handwork

  1. Kathy says:

    Knitting is one great way to use our hands, and so is playing an instrument, cooking, planting in the garden or in pots on the balcony. Let’s definitely keep those plastic toys for kids to a minimum or better yet, none:-)

  2. Yes, Kathy, creativity has many forms that enrich our lives. And “boo, hiss” to so much plastic. I thought that you in particular would enjoy this video. Love you… Jane

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