My name is Tara Lyons and I am a singing knitter. I faintly recall my first paid gig: standing carefreely on a table at Shakey’s Pizza and debuting “Tomorrow”. I think I brought home an entire quarter! Through the years, I’ve studied countless hours about this beautiful art and had the pleasure of performing with phenomenal ensembles in incredible spaces. The unfortunate thing is; more often than not, singing feels more like work and less like a hobby. And that’s Ok, I guess.
I adore all things knitting. I recall my mom first teaching me to crochet and how I began gifting everyone I knew an itchy, crazy colored, afghan. Knitting naturally followed once I mastered the coordination of holding two needles and yarn at the same time. More than anything, it’s the act of knitting that drew me further into this creative art. Therapeutic for certain. The monotonous motion of moving needles and yarn has always been soothing – especially all cozied up on a couch under a warm blanket watching a classic film.
As I’ve evolved into a wife and mother I find less time for singing and knitting and more time for doing laundry, more time for vacuuming, more time for making meals, more time for shoveling snow and raking leaves and mowing the lawn, and more time watching Disney movies playing Farkle and putting together a family puzzle. It’s the choice I chose 11 years ago, and it’s the choice I make every day I am blessed to wake up and choose it. So, it’s not that I regret or am bitter by the majority of my day-to-day duties. But I’m learning that moments for me matter! A half hour of warm coffee and my latest knitting project is 30 minutes of bliss! Cuddling under a warm blanket with the NY Times crossword (Monday’s, of course) is exercise my brain needs! There’s probably a diva still inside me somewhere; I get glimpses of her when I dance around an empty house singing Carmen with my broom and dust pan in hand. And when I see her, I realize I need to indulge her more. As we all really must. Take time for those things we love to do. Take time for those things that make us happy. Take time without feeling selfish. Take time to indulge our inner diva!