Annie has had some terrific posts the last couple days which have really got me thinking. I, too, am feeling overwhelmed these days with three kids in sports, a couple birthdays in the month, a 5th grader graduating from elementary school and all the events that go along with it, year-end gifts, starting a new venture teaching knitting on the side and a part-time job which keeps expanding. How do you fit your knitting in, she asked?
Of course some days it sits idle. But MOST days I knit. I find little bits of time, 10 minutes here, half an hour there when I pick up the needles. Sometimes, after the kids rush out to the bus, I knit a little, or blog or read patterns or sift through my stash. Then I'm ready to take on the day.
I have come to realize that knitting is my island. All day long, I feel the demands of family, community, work tugging at me. Knitting is how I re-fuel. It is something I truely enjoy. It is when I feel the most "me". My husband and kids know this about me. Sometimes they ask me questions, but they know they will not get much of a response. "What are you knitting?". "Socks." It's private.
I do have mixed feelings about taking my knitting to sports and other public events. I found the basketball season frustrating because you have to sit SO close to everyone, and then the conversations start and only a row or two gets done. But with the outside sports I bring my own chair and sit off to the side. I actually noticed that this is what men do at games most of the time. They bring the paper and they watch the game. Period. Their version of multi-tasking. I can relate to that.
Knitting for me is about beauty and creativity and fun and challenge, oh, and self-preservation. Annie, thanks for the inspiration!
Peace Fleece Blueberry Borscht
Contrast Ribbon found at JoAnn