The Knitterly Hooker

3 tips for busy knitters

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on February 4, 2015 at 12:10 am

1. Knit.

2. Knit.

3. Knit.

Seriously though, with life infringing on the things and people we love, it’s important to reclaim the lost time. As the busy person I am, and continue to be, I’ve developed a few strategies to ensure I get some knitting time in. A little knitting is better than no knitting at all.

1. Schedule time During meetings and trainings. Waiting at the doctors. At lunch. If you don’t drive, during your commute. Be honest about the time you will have to knit. Accept that time you have and set realistic goals to avoid frustration and disappointment. Set knitting appointments in your calendar (phone or agenda book) to ensure you get some knitting done. Because of limited time, it’s better to plan projects in advance to smoothly transition between each one.

2. Plan project Consider using Ravelry to plan projects utilizing the queue feature. Easier projects are more achievable and thusly increase your confidence and efficacy. It’s not to say more challenging projects are not achievable, but increases the odds of frustration and quitting. Smaller projects are winners so choose wisely. Choosing smaller portable projects allow you to knit on the go at times that may not be scheduled, plus they’re more practical. Hats, scarves, cowls, socks and toys are good examples.  Complicated stitch patterns take up time while more simplistic and basic of them do not.  Garter stitch and stockinette stitch fall into the categories of basic and simplistic; they are mindless.  When you are busy, there is no time to think and further complications cause frustration.  We’re aiming for smooth sailing when we have limited time.

3. Use stash Time is of the essence and your home is a more definite and automatic journey than to LYS (unless your LYS is literally down the street from your home). We are knitters and we all have yarn….hiding in every corner our homes. Use that. Make it work for projects you have planned. Ravelry can assist and make this easier…finding projects by weight of yarn, brands, and yardage. Using your stash may yield something that surprises even yourself. When you use your stash, it pushes your creativity to the next level and brings a sense of accomplishment when it’s actually all utilized. You could always order yarn online, but then you’d have to go to the post office to pick it up…who has time for that? Just think about how proud you’ll be that your stash size has gone down.

Just knit!

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  1. I have a scarf I’m working on and it’s a 14 row pattern. I try to complete at least 1 pattern piece a day. Some days I do more. But some days (the last 4) I’ve done none. I wanted to.have it done by tomorrow for when my mom comes home and it be her gift. I’m taking it with me today and doing it whenever and where ever I can!

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