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You might be a Knitter if:
1. You have at least one project stashed in your bag/purse
2. You have multiple projects on the go
3. And they are based on how you might be feeling, one that requires concentration, something mindless, a long-term project, near instant gratification
4. You have been given yarn or knitting accessories as a gift
5. You pause the movie or television to study a character’s knitwear
6. You comment on character’s knitting techniques and become dismayed when they aren’t doing it right
7. You may or may not have been caught staring at someone’s hat, scarf, sweater, or mittens trying to figure out the stitch pattern
8. You laugh at knitting jokes
9. You make knitting jokes
10. Your family and friends know not to mess with you, because you are always armed with pointy sticks
11. You have more yarn stashed than you…
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I work in a job where I can knit sometimes. It’s great but today I haven’t done any yet! My fingers are itching to gently weld sticks, to coax some yarn into something wonderful. I am surrounded by balls of wool piled high on shelves. They seem to tease me. Instead I have been sorting stock of a different range. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me if I don’t knit here. I know when I get home and all the chores have been done that I can sit in my favourite chair and get on with my own knitty projects. However, today I just want to be creative and because I do not have the opportunity it is beginning to bother me. Creating something doesn’t have to be a physical ‘craft’, as in knitting, textiles or baking, does it? I guess I am ‘creating’ by writing this. I should be satisfied then, shouldn’t I? Well, I am not, going off to knit right now! Teacosy on the sticks closest to me ,,,,,!
I had a few hours this afternoon to actually knit. So, what have I been doing? Playing about with social media, equally important but …. I am knitting a striped baby hoodie. The baby it’s for is imminently due. I am worried it will arrive and I won’t have finished my baby gift (I know what ‘it’ it is, but I am not telling yet, mum’s strict instructions!).I am wondering how on earth I am I going to find time to do everything on my ‘to do’ list. .
Most weeks I have plenty of time to please myself but for the past ten days or so I have been extra busy, with more work than usual in my part-time job and another casual job that crops up just twice a year. I have also been visiting a friend recovering after an operation. Plus, I have been emotionally supporting my son who is avidly revising and taking exams. (Emotional support equals reading his mood swings, providing an ear when needed, giving sugary snacks when needed and complete avoidance when requested!)
Am I the only one who never finds enough time in any one day? I read in a recent article elsewhere that those who needed to find time should stop watching their ‘stupid soaps’ and just get on with whatever it is they need to get on with. I fully believe everyone needs some ‘down time’, be it watching tv, going for a run, doing a craft, making a telephone call to a friend or whatever they wish to do that is not work or a chore.
I favour any of those (except a run – I don’t!). So, I shall stop beating myself up about not knitting yet today. I plan to get the pins clicking a bit later on and to tell the friend to wait a while before she pops out baby number three!