In the first “Answers to Your Knitting Struggles,” let’s look for solutions in the ever-present quandary, “How can I find more time to knit?”
What are you struggling most with in your knitting life right now?
“Finding more time to knit now that the days are getting longer and warmer. Outside projects become more enticing.”
“Not having enough time to do all the charity knitting I want to do. The need is so great and the ideas flow faster than I can keep up with them.”
“Nothing really – figuring out how to make more time to [knit]!!”
“Not enough hours in the day!”
Did you wonder what was the number 1 response to my recent survey question to Knitting Nuggets subscribers? The quotes above, taken directly from survey responses, should give you a hint. Time and again, I could practically hear the pleading tone in reader’s words as they decried their lack of time to knit.
Finding More Time to Knit: the Ever-Present Struggle
Some readers struggled with guilt over the great need for charity knitters and the lack of time they had to devote to charity knitting. Other readers bemoaned the enormous number of patterns they wanted to knit “someday” and despaired that “someday” would simply never come. Still others felt the weight of wanting to knit for others as well of themselves, all too aware that their lack of time made this task seem Sisyphean.
Believe me, I understand. If I had to answer my own survey question, this would come up as my number one struggle, too!
I am not a time management expert. I get distracted way too easily, probably by all the same things you do — email and social media, one of my daughters insisting that I just have to see a cute YouTube video, my family insisting on eating three times a day, et cetera.
However, although I don’t knit nearly as much as I want to, I’m pretty happy with the amount of knitting I do daily. I rarely feel like I’m going nowhere on a project (unless it’s annoying me for some reason — read this recent What I’m Knitting Wednesday post to see what I mean) because I don’t have any time to spend on it.
The first post of my new series called “Answers to Your Knitting Struggles” will, I hope, give you some ideas on how to make more time to knit.
Today I’ll tell you what I personally do to help me get more knitting time. The next two posts in this series will offer time management techniques that may help you find more time each day for knitting without feeling guilty.
So let’s get started!
Three Ways I Manage to Knit Daily
I do three things that help me (usually) spend some time knitting every day.
1. Early morning knitting
One thing I do every morning is pray. I have a fairly lengthy list of people I pray for every day. As I recite this list, I knit. It usually only takes me about 10 minutes to read through my list. But it’s a way to connect with my yarn and needles for a few minutes. And that helps set the tone for my day.
You might not pray every morning, but I’ll bet you can wake a few minutes earlier every day to knit. Even if you spend just 10 minutes knitting like I do, that’s 10 minutes spent contributing to a knitting project. And I’ll bet that will make you feel great!
2. Taking my knitting bag EVERYWHERE
I always make sure I have a portable project on my needles. I also have a gallon-sized plastic zippered bag that I have all my knitting notions in. This includes things like thread scissors, tapestry needles, stitch markers, spare DPNs that I use as cable needles, and so on.
I also have two small “project bags” that I can throw my project and notions bag into at a moment’s notice before I leave the house. And I take knitting projects with me almost anywhere. Because you just never know when you might find yourself waiting in a long line!
What’s more, I frequently carry one of these bags in with me whenever I’m sitting in my house. I can then knit when I’m taking a break from writing or when I’m watching TV with my family.
In addition to the two smaller knitting bags, I have a large knitting bag. This I can use to either a) pile a bunch of knitting projects into when I take a road trip with my family, or b) place a less-portable knitting project that I can work on at home.
3. Taking knitting breaks
Did you notice “taking a break from writing”? I don’t do this often enough, I confess. But I do like to keep my knitting near me during the day when I’m writing. Then, when I just need to rest my brain for a bit, I’ll spend a few minutes knitting.
This, obviously, is easier when you work from home. But you can do this if you work outside the home, too! When you have a break at work, have your knitting handy. Then see how many rows or rounds you can crank out.
Next, I’ll offer information on two highly-recommend time management techniques: the Pomodoro Technique and Getting Things Done (GTD). Stay tuned for more help in making time for knitting!
Do you have any tips for making more time to knit? Please share below!