I had a message from one of my sisters this morning offering a bit of a leg-up to keep posting through Blogtober 🙂 She offered me a suggestion for a post. How could she tell I needed one? Ooooh, and she offered to do a guest post too! Yay! Loves my beautiful sister, and know you will too 🙂
Annnnyway, she was wondering how I manage to fit knitting into my day.
As you might know, I’ve got three lovely kidlets, two of whom are preschoolers. Plenty of small hands to get tangled in yarn 🙂 But actually, since the littlest one has mostly gotten over her yarn addiction, I am lucky that they all seem to leave the WIPs and yarn alone. I know one of my friends has a wee man who likes to steal her working yarn, and I saw a huge tangly mess that was a skein of yarn a friend’s daughter had been ‘knitting’ with posted on her blog last week.
So how do I fit in knitting?
* first, I have children who wake up much too early in the day – so 1) get an early start
*secondly, I make sure that I always have some easy knitting around, so that when the kidlets are around I can pick it up and put it down easily. I so love knitting in the round for this reason – and (most) sock knitting is great too. so 2) use children as an excuse for multiple WIPs.
Case in point – I’ve put aside my tunic for a wee bit while my brain fog clears, and that only left my lace socks to work on, clearly too much work with the girls around, so I *had* to cast on for this cute wee dress. The 1×1 ribbing is much less offensive when it picked up and put down over several days, rather than trying to do it all at once.
* thirdly – lead a guilt free existence. Yes, I knit while the kids are up and happy. I knit while I read stories. Miss 3 is plenty old enough to hold her own books! There is no rule that says I have to do housework all day long, is there? 3) If everything gets done, no one will know how much time you spent knitting.
*fourthly, I knit everywhere! Yes, I take knitting with me to get-togethers (that’s right, isn’t it antenatal girls?), to friends houses, to Uni, in the car (but not if I’m driving). Well, actually I didn’t take it to the movies. But if I am sitting down, with no needles in my hands, I have to confess to feeling a little restless. So 4) Make your own opportunities to knit.
* finally, I always have my next project in the planning stage. Always an excuse to surf Ravelry, buy knitting magazines and stash yarn – you don’t have a lag between projects 5) Be obsessive.
My next project? Another one of these.
So that’s when I knit. When do you fit knitting into your day?