Craeft

Craeft is an Old English word. According to British archeologist Alex Langford, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries craeft connoted power, resourcefulness, wisdom, and skill. Transforming flax and fleece into yarn and then weaving or knitting textiles, for instance, was a matter of craeft. 

Since then the word has become craft and its meaning reduced to “skill” or sometimes just an activity to keep children busy. Alternatively, craft is an adjective that elevates handmade goods from homemade to artisanal. 

My craeft is knitting, an activity that demands patience, diligence, and attention to detail.