Handmade Philosophy

by This is Carrie on July 23, 2008


I loved reading this little blurb on Sugar City Journal’s new store website:

As a new bride about eleven years ago I was visiting my in-laws in Virginia (yes, Lynne’s parents!). The women’s organization at church -the Relief Society – was hand-knitting bandages for lepers. Wanting to learn how to knit, I signed up for the project. And what a project it was! The bandages were knitted on teensy needles with the finest crochet thread. It took hours to knit only a few tedious inches. Perplexed, I questioned the ring-leader of the bandage-knitting crew on why we were knitting these instead of buying some gauze at the pharmacy. “Because,” she told me, “the lepers believe that a handmade bandage has the karma of the maker in it. That energy can help heal their wounds.”

This philosophy perfectly puts into words, why I love handmade (and finally gives me some sort of explanation to why my mom also spends hours upon hours crocheting leper bandages herself!) Spread good karma. Heals some wounds.

image via secondstorie.com

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Mommymita July 23, 2008 at 7:10 pm

It makes sense- thanks for sharing that.

Sometimes people ask me why I sew when you can get clothes so cheap at target/wal-mart.

They ask me why I make bagels when you can get them so cheap at costco.

I too like the energy and feel (and taste) of something handmade – it is a bit more authentic and has more soul.

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Chloe July 23, 2008 at 11:23 pm

I agree with mommymita – handmade has soul, it has a “story” behind it instead of a factory. I’m proud of that.

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