Ballastexistenz: Expressions of PosAutivity: #AutismPositivity2014, Crocheting and Dancing

By Mel Baggs

Please see video linked here: Crocheting and dancing. from Mel Baggs on Vimeo.

Crocheting is my new perseveration.  You can call what I was doing in this video stimming, dancing, or whatever you want, but it’s how my body moved naturally and it felt great.

I was making granny hexagons for an afghan that’s turned into an all-purpose piece of fabric, that I’ve used as a blanket, a shawl, and a skirt.  I’ve also made a wide variety of other things, shown below:

crochetafghanshawl crochetafghanskirt crochetbabyblanket crochetbooties01 crochetfuzzyyellowhat crochetowl01 crochetowl02 crochetpurplefuzzyhat crochetpurplehat01 crochetscarf01 crochetshawlkeys crochetshawlsyellowbamboo crochetyellowhat01 crochetyellowshawlbutton crochetafghanblanket crochetafghan01

Closeup of a crocheted afghan worn as a shawl, with a shawl pin.

 

There’s hats, scarves, shawls, baby booties, and even a stuffed owl with a jar inside.

Crocheting is pretty much all I do these days.  It’s nice to have something I can do with my hands that doesn’t require language or strenuous activity.  I’m running into a lot of financial trouble because I keep buying yarn even when I can’t afford it.  But I love crocheting, and it’s completely taken over my life.

I could never crochet or knit, growing up.  It was visually too confusing to find where the stitches were.  I had some of that problem when I was trying to learn this time, but apparently my visual processing is finally mature enough that I can distinguish what a stitch looks like.  Once I figured that out, the rest became easy, and I took off really fast.

As an autistic person, and my particular type of autistic person, I need things to do that aren’t words, aren’t abstract, and aren’t surfing the net.  I’ve been looking for something like this a long time.  I was trying to get into sewing, when I found my old childhood crochet hooks in my sewing box.  I never did get into sewing, because I took off so fast with crochet I haven’t looked back.  It’s my only real interest at this point, and I bore people by trying to talk about it.  But I love it.  I always have at least three projects going at once that I switch off between depending on how I’m feeling.

What does this have to do with autism?  Besides the ‘special interest’ thing, the basic thing is, I’m an autistic person and this is how I enjoy my life right now, and that’s all that matters.  Also in the video I’m dancing to the autistic band, The Raventones.  The movements make more sense with their music playing in the background.  😉

 

Original post at: http://ballastexistenz.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/expressions-of-posautivity/

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3 responses to “Ballastexistenz: Expressions of PosAutivity: #AutismPositivity2014, Crocheting and Dancing

  1. I love the owl head! Thank you for sharing… you are very creative an talented Mel! I used to wear a CPAP to bed at night… wish I were as stylish as you!

  2. Very nice! I envy you your ease with crochet – I figured out knitting, but crocheting eludes me. I don’t know if you’ve found the Ravelry site yet but the sheer number of free patterns on there is staggering. It’s porn* for knitting & crochet.
    (*not actual porn, though I’m sure there is porn that involves knitting. The internet is weird, wild place.)

  3. Very nice crochet work, but no less important in the interest of autism acceptance was the description of stimming, which I can relate to as an autistic person who also loves from time to time at least to know things that are not abstract. I have my own form of stimming, which is turning refuse into works of art. I love nature and would never dream of polluting it with bottle caps, receipts, altoids tins, candy wrappers, and plastic bags. Instead I turn them into wall fish, wind chimes, coasters, miniature Zen gardens, pictures, book covers, handbags, yarn, images, and belts. I was more of the world outside of the autism community was really aware of the world of stimming as something that should actually be respected and appreciated, not looked down upon and feared.

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