Although you can’t tell from the lack of posts in the Finished Object Friday category, I am a fairly productive crafter. People often ask me how I find time to do so much. I sometimes joke that having no husband or kids to look after leaves me with plenty of time, but in reality, the simple answer is that I just eek out free moments whenever I find them.
So I present to you, the little ways I find time to be crafty:
- When I can’t sleep – I have a love/hate relationship with sleep, mostly because I find it elusive often. If I have been laying in bed staring at the ceiling for more than an hour, I give up and just sit up in bed, turn on the TV, and pull out a project.
- During my commute – When I take the commuter train, I can find quite a bit of time to read or knit. This is harder when I drive, but I have been known to pull into a parking space at work, and knit a couple rounds before getting out of the car. It gives me time to decompress from LA traffic and reset my brain to concentration mode. I might also knit a row or two after leaving work and before I brave the freeways for the trip home. This is also my prime podcast listening time, too.
- While waiting for people, in waiting rooms, in line. – Some people use the time to read the internet or check Facebook, I knit. I always have a small project bag and my Kindle in my bag just in case I am suddenly free for five minutes. It doesn’t seem like much, but I can probably get two or three rounds of a sock done in that time. Add that up over the course of a week, and you have yourself a half of a sock, my friend.
- While watching TV – I don’t ever just sit down and watch TV. If I am watching TV, I am doing something else at the same time. Sometimes I am perusing the internet, but usually I am knitting.
- Scheduled time – I actually schedule time to be crafty. Typically on a weekend. Sometimes with friends but often alone. I am an introvert, so a little me time is important to me in order to recharge. I also try to do at least 30 minutes each night before bed. Something just for me. Self care is important.
Some people I know happen to also be able to knit while at work when on conference calls and the like, but I am pretty sure my boss expects me to either pay attention or to do other work if I can multitask, so your mileage may vary on that one. 🙂