Monday, August 15, 2011

The Balancing Act...


I constantly struggle with balancing all of the things that I have going on in my life. I'm a single parent, I work, I have a house to take care of, and a business to help my sister get off the ground.

Where do I find the time to knit? I'm trying to make knitting profitable as well, so should I put knitting higher up on the priority list? I struggle with feeling guilty when I do put down everything else and pick up my needles. I know that there are ten other things that I COULD be doing instead, but knitting is one of the few things I have in my life that I truly enjoy doing... so is it so wrong to dedicate time every day to it?

I see all of these fantastic knitters on Ravelry and around the blog world and I wonder where they find the time? How did they become so amazing and design all of these awesome patterns AND have families and jobs and lives?

I would love some actual responses to this. Where do you find the time to knit? Do you feel guilty when you take time away from other things for your crafting? Are your spouses/SO's/families supportive of your knitting/crocheting?

3 comments:

SteampunkDreams said...

I am also a single parent who works, and I am a full time college student. I steal my knitting time in pieces here and there. It's my sanity and I have to MAKE time for it, just like people make time to see the therapist.

Deb said...

I steal bits and pieces of time...breaks, lunch, waiting rooms. When I get close to finishing a pattern or a project and have to be more single-minded, I'll get up a little early or stay up a little late. I'm lucky in that I have 2 other adults parenting along with me, and both of them think that what I can do with yarn is way more awesome than my day job. So they'll distract the kids for me if I'm truly desperate to hear myself think.

I wasn't as good about taking the time and the space I need before my therapist told me it was ok to do things for myself. Sounds obvious, but I've always battled guilt over it and I shouldn't have. Just because you have a ton of responsibility doesn't mean you don't need space for the things you enjoy. If anything, you need it more.

Chelsea said...

I'm immensely lucky when it comes to knitting time. No kids, no job, itty bitty apartment, and a husboy who enables my yarn purchases, admires my knitting, and appreciates handknit socks.

I'm currently visiting my sister, however, and getting a closer look at how she has to struggle to find knitting time. Working 30 hours a week, going to school full time, and having 100% responsibility for the care of her six and twelve year old girls, her knitting time consists of longing looks as she passes by her stash in the morning. I showed her the Beekeeper's Quilt, though, and she seemed excited by the prospect of the tiny hexapuffs; mini-projects she might actually have time for! I'm gifting her the pattern on Ravelry, it's the least I can do.

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