So what is your biggest challenge with yarn and fibre crafts?
- How to follow a pattern?
- how to get knitted and crocheted garments to fit?
- warping the loom?
- cutting your weaving?
- getting the thickness of yarn you want when spinning?
- All of the above??
Or perhaps, like me its actually finding the time to make things and having the focus to do it. Here’s how it goes for me: I resolve to start knitting, spinning, weaving or crocheting once I have completed my work day; fulfilling orders, planning spinning and weaving courses and Retreats etc etc. Then – oops – there is more to do so I will sit down and knit, spin etc when dinner is made/the dishes washed. Then…just check the emails first. …Get wood and light the fire, and so it goes on.
So finally, time to sit down, hooray! But as soon as you begin to relax, something happens. All the things you forgot to do start to pop into your head. Put the bins out, make lunch for tomorrow, phone a friend…and up you get before they go out of your head again. Or horror of horrors, by this time one of the kids has got back out of bed.
The solution to the ‘before I forget’ thing is to have a notebook within reach. Then, it’s easy! Simply decide which project to focus on. Or do you want to read that book? Ahhh, not so simple after all! And you forgot to make a cup of tea you had been looking forward to.
I will pick up project number one, a shawl for a friend’s birthday and resolve to work on it until it is finished. Then remember the baby bootees are rather more urgent and also smaller so wouldn’t it be better to get them finished first. Just focus until they are done. But I have second bootee syndrome. Yes, its related to second sock syndrome but I may just be the only person who suffers from it with bootees! And now, of course the phone rings and after chatting for half an hour (lovely, but I forgot to take my knitting with me when I answered the phone) and I am nearly out of time.
So here is the solution! Yes, really. Let yourself off the hook here because the reality may just be that you don’t have much time for knitting, crochet, spinning or weaving right now. Do ten minutes a day/at a time instead of trying to carve out large chunks of time. It is amazing how much you get done in ten minutes a day.
And the secret is this: there may well be more than one ten minute slot a day. it is amazing how many ten minute slots there seem to be, once you stop trying to carve out those non-existent larger chunks of time. Those who have done my spinning courses or read the ‘How to Spin’ book will be familiar with the ten minutes a day them for spinning and many of you have and got in touch to say it was a revelation!
I spin ten minutes in the mornings and treat it as a meditation but what if you did something else for ten minutes in the afternoon or evening? It is so much easier to find ten minutes than an hour. So I am off to knit for ten minutes, see ya!