The Product That Saved Me From Doom’s Late Scroll
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I come from a long line of talented seamstresses. As a child, I was always amazed that my loved ones could create such beautiful and elaborate clothing, blankets, decorations, etc. As an adult, this astonishment was infiltrated with a tinge of guilt.
The guilt arose once I realized that at my age, my mother sewed her entire wardrobe from scratch. Meanwhile, I can’t figure out the mystery that is a coil. But with my schedule, learning a tedious new skill just isn’t a viable option.
Also, many textile artists in my family have already passed away. Those still alive are either just as busy or physically unable to show me the ropes. Just when I had succumbed to never being able to carry on their legacy, I discovered DMC.
“From a single thread, a work of art is born”
DMC began selling printed fabrics over 270 years ago in 1746. Since then the business has grown to include yarn, yarn, sewing accessories, craft kits and free patterns. The company’s motto sums up its philosophy perfectly: from a single thread, a work of art is born.
While I’m not completely hopeless in embroidery and knitting, I can’t say the same for sewing and crochet. So when I noticed that DMC had several crochet kits availableI was addicted (pun intended).
My grandmother could crochet a typical 1970s herringbone afghan in what seemed like a day or less. Knowing that I needed a bit more practice before getting to his level, I started with DMC Mandala Coaster Crochet Kit.
DIY Led By DMC
My crochet kit included everything I would need for the project: four adorable balls of Baby Cotton yarn, a hook, a sewing needle, stitch markers and, of course, detailed instructions. I was nervous but determined not to be outdone by a kit that claims to be for beginners.
Luckily the instruction booklet was extremely comprehensive. It broke every stitch I would need to make my mandala coasters, even the first step, a slip knot, which many craft kits will overlook due to its supposed simplicity.
DMC doesn’t add extra fluff to its instructions, making them easy to follow and conveniently located on two side-by-side pages. (So I didn’t have to worry about holding my wonky hook in one hand and turning the pages with another.)
The whole project should take about 12 hours, which I’ve cut out in 30-60 minute intervals throughout the week as much as possible. I’m not going to lie and say I haven’t been frustrated by a knot or two, but it’s certainly no more frustrating than a rambunctious 10:30 p.m. Facebook stream at night.
And in general, my DMC kit provided much more than a new skill.
Adding this new activity gave me more rest, not less
Before starting my project, I assumed that I had practically Nope leeway in my schedule. Then I thought about my late-night Netflix and Scroll routine. On weeknights, I’m in bed around 11 p.m. and watching a show (and/or scrolling my phone) until I fall asleep around midnight or 1 a.m.
I decided that by incorporating my DMC kit in my bedtime routine was my best option. The kit is compact enough to fit on my narrow nightstand, making it even easier to access at the end of the day. One of the first things I noticed was how quickly he put me to sleep.
Alright, so that probably sounds bad at first. But I think it’s safe to assume that crocheting isn’t winning the prize for most exciting activity anytime soon. And because I wasn’t exposing my eyes to intense blue light or my brain to anxiety-inducing media, I was able to decompress and fall asleep faster.
Have I woken up multiple times with crochet needles on my collarbones? Yes. Did I start to feel more rested, alert and calm in the morning after crocheting instead of standing for doom-scroll? Yes too.
Even more advantages of DMC
Besides soothing my tired brain and eyes, working on a DMC kit was also a huge confidence booster. I’m so stuck in my work rut, at home, I repeat, that I’ve forgotten the addictive thrill of learning (and getting good at) a new skill or hobby.
My mandala coasters are coming very slowly, but steadily too. As I round each corner and attach each new coaster, I become more proud of myself for not only doing something productive with my limited free time. But I’m also excited to learn a skill that’s been in my family for generations.
I already have my next DMC projects in mind that I would like to try, including this one Casual Rustic Punch Needle Kit and this dream Calm Wall Hanging Macrame Kit. These are the types of pieces I would buy on Etsy for myself or a loved one.
In effect, DMC has my gift set sorted just in time for birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays. For my fellow artisans and members of the artistic family, I plan to offer them their own DMC kits to try. I can’t wait to use my new skills to create unique gifts and decor for everyone.
And while I’m still a long way off the skill level that my mom, grandma, and sisters possess, I’m thrilled to be getting closer step by step.