OK, maybe it doesn't sound much fun.
Whenever I used these lovely tools, I felt a profound sense of gratitude for the women whose hands had used them before. One of the meditations I use during my mindful crafting sessions continues this theme of gratitude - for the people and animals who provide us with the materials we work with, to those who taught us how to make those materials into practical and beautiful things.
Recently I watched a repeat of an episode of The Incredible Human Journey, in which presenter Professor Alice Roberts spent a night alone on an African plain. This was clearly not an enjoyable experience, and one that appeared to make Prof Roberts somewhat jumpy. Her purpose for putting herself through this ordeal was to convey how difficult it was just surviving at the dawn of time for homo sapiens.
Being a little jumpy was the best way to survive for a species that was very often something's next meal. And this background jumpiness got passed on down the line. Take two early humans, for instance, optimistic hominid (Oh!) and stressy hominid (Sh!). They are, rather improbably, friends. Out one day on the plains there is a rustle in the bushes, 'Shhh,' says Sh! 'I bet that's an angry rhino.' 'Chill', says Oh! 'It's just the wind - would you just look at that sunse....... '
Or you can take some yarn or fabric, get comfy, and count the many things to be grateful for along with your stitches.