Last week I received brand new knitting yarn in the mail. I love its soft texture and the muted colors. I’ve started using it to knit a sweater for my soon to be one year old son. A part of me feels guilty for not having completed a knitting project for him. The other part of me feels like I’m being too hard on myself. (I’m leaning towards the “being too hard on myself” category!)
I enjoy knitting. I first grew interested in the craft at eight years old. As a youngun’, I checked a knitting book out of the library, bought some yarn and needles and made a simple scarf. In the years since then, I let my knitting fall by the wayside. I recently picked it up again in 2008.
Now, it’s an obsession. Well, not exactly an obsession but the mechanical activity of knitting stitches calms my mind and soothes my spirit. It’s a great way for me to focus, especially when most of my days are filled with juggling multiple tasks at home. When a long stretch of time passed without picking up my knitting stash, I found myself missing my hobby. So, I’ve decided to carve out a half hour a day, six days a week, to knit. That may not seem like a lot but it totals up to three hours a week. Over the course of a year, I can complete a lot of knitting projects with three hours a week. I just needed to stop thinking about the “bigness” of the project and break it down into smaller, more reasonable increments of time. Increments which would fit a busy mother’s lifestyle.
Is there a project that seems overwhelming for you to accomplish? Try breaking it down into smaller time increments. Even fifteen minutes a day can make a great impact. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish as you consistently work at the project in tiny chunks of time.
Every so often, I’ll post pictures and updates on the progress of my knitting projects: starting with this baby sweater. Right now, I have a fresh stash of yarn. I’m excited to see what a half an hour a day can produce.