In Which the Pirate Crafts.

Day Seven: 3rd April. Your knitting and crochet time.
Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter?

I always carry a sock with me, and so if I have more than a few minutes to wait I can knit wherever I am. But when I’m at home, I shut myself into my cat-free loft room, settle in front of my laptop, and spread the yarn out on the table. Especially if it’s a project I’m slogging through, or not particularly enjoying the work on, I’ll force myself to knit so many rows or so many inches and then give myself a reward of checking Ravelry or another website. But if it’s a project I love, then I can’t wait to work on it. As soon as dinner is over, I dash off upstairs, tossing a quick “Going to knit! See you later!” over my shoulder to Pirate-Husband as he’s booting up the XBox or his laptop.

Knitting while watching TV (or streaming Netflix on my computer) is frustrating in that I can’t really pay attention to the knitting or to the TV show, but I sometimes put on music. More often, I work in quiet. My cup of tea usually goes cold while I work. While I often knit “alone,” I’m not truly alone as I almost always have IRC running and am chatting away with friends. Sometimes I go to the #ravelry channel and sometimes to another network.

Soon we will finish up the basement craft room and then I will have another place to sit and knit – but now I won’t necessarily be alone, as there will be plenty of room in the new space for Pirate-Husband and I to work together on our hobbies. I will have to get used to working along with his music, and he’ll have to get used to my muttering “44.. 45.. not now, counting! 46, 47..”

I do miss going to the weekly Stitch ‘n Bitch. Although I didn’t always get very much knitting done, and sometimes I had to rip back everything I did do while I was there, it was always a fun time to socialize with other yarn addicts. It’s unfortunate that I haven’t found another group as good as my old one!

4 Responses

  1. Butterfly says:

    I’ve been meaning to take some alone time to JUST knit. It seems I’m always multi-tasking when I knit and sometimes the knitting suffers for it.

  2. Karen says:

    Knitting in quiet sounds so heavenly. My house is never quiet.
    I think Ravelry needs a husband’s (or spouse’s) lounge so they will have a place to talk about the knitters they live with. It must be trying to hear “46, 47…not now I’m counting, 48, 49…” and have no one to talk to about it.

  3. Noreen says:

    My favorite knitting time is in the early morning. I rise about 2 hours before I have to leave for work. I knit while my housemate reads the papers on line and talks to me about what’s up in the world. We take turns on who gets the coffee ready, he or me. So nice.

  4. Kepanie says:

    I like reading how you persevere through a project that you’re not 100% happy about and reward yourself w/some online fun :O). It is nice to knit in the quiet sometimes!

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