[su_box title=”Day Seven: Your Time, Your Place” style=”soft” box_color=”#5a889e” radius=”5″] Where and how do you take time out to knit and/or crochet?
Maybe you don’t take time out at all and instead have your needles twirling as you try to juggle a multitude of other tasks with no ‘spare’ time to think of. Maybe you enjoy nothing more than to crochet whilst winding down from a yoga session, chatting with some friends in a nearby cafe.
Whether social or solitary, tell readers about your crafting time and space, and where you either most enjoy (or can simply find a few snatched moments) to turn yarn into something even more beautiful.
Historically it has not been a question of taking time out in which to knit. I simply knitted. All day, every day. I knit and I knit and I knit.
I knit until my hands hurt too much to knit and then I took a rest. A long one.
Nowadays I seem to scarcely knit at all. I have been wondering why. It is true that I am spending more time with my camera and photo editing tools but that is insufficient explanation. I think it is the chaos that I am living in that is stopping me. I need to relax in order to knit and I rarely feel relaxed when there is so much upheaval about me.
So, although we have tackled this subject before, this year my answer is a little different. For months now my only knitting time has been on the ferry to and from town. As I try not to go to town unless I have to, that means that very little knitting has been done all winter.
I have my sock kit:
I am now keeping my ferry knitting in a tub that once held laundry detergent capsules. It is neat, light and exactly the right size. It currently holds the better part of two socks in two kits: one for me, and one for ‘im indoors.
In the tub I have pen and paper, stitch markers, finishing needle, long circular needles and yarn. It also holds my books of ferry tickets. The pattern is normally vanilla and exists only in my head.
I prefer to travel on the MV Varagen and usually pick a day when she is sailing on our route. I settle myself in the cafeteria where there is good daylight and there are tables to work at. The ability to have a cup of tea and a bacon roll whilst I knit is a definite bonus. Knitting on the Earls Thorfinn and Sigurd is a far less comfortable affair, with much poorer light.
I knit vanilla socks on the boat because there will certainly be distractions. The trip to town is a highly sociable affair and folks will stop to ask what is on my needles or otherwise engage in conversation.
Once in town the knitting will come out if I stop for lunch or coffee and it comes out again once I hit the waiting room prior to the boat home. Again, there is often interest from fellow travellers in what I am doing. Vanilla socks are the only safe option should I not wish to be tinking all the way home!
The sock kit is frequently replenished as the trip can involve four hours boat time — and I can knit a lot of vanilla sock in four hours.
Occasionally I take my knitting out on Mondays to Spinning Group, now renamed Makkin’ and Yakkin’ due to so many of us failing to take our wheels with us! We do an awful lot of knitting at Spinning. In recent months I have been working on my Colinette throw, the Denali. With only a couple of hours worked on it every few weeks it is failing to thrive. I am hoping that writing this blog post will stir me into making a dash for the finish!
What has been interesting to me is the minimal amount of knitting that I was doing in the campervan. I took it with me every time that we went away but the only knitting that I worked on was the ferry socks, which travel in the cab with me – safely stored in the wine cooler cupboard between knitting sessions! I knitted on the move but never in the long evenings when we were parked up. I hope to develop the evening knitting habit when we next go away. I shall certainly pack multiple UFOs in the hope of getting something done!