My typical crafting time… I’m not sure I really have one, actually. I try to carry my knitting bag with me when I’m out and about, just in case I have a few minutes here or there to pull out my current project. In fact I have a difficult time leaving home without it – which is the same way that I used to be with books, back when I read during every spare minute (before kids). Whether sitting at the McDonalds play area while the kids run off some energy, or waiting for my daughter during her weekly cheerleading practice, I manage to squeeze in some knitting time whenever I can.
But when I’m at home, I usually end up knitting during the hour or so that the girls are getting ready for bed. They don’t need our help for any of that anymore, so I can take the hour to sit and relax – and knit. Sometimes I’ll go several days without any knitting time, or sometimes I’ll find more time than I’d planned – it really depends on the day. Back during football season, I’d discovered that Sunday afternoons were a great time to knit – listening to my favorite podcasts with my earbuds in, while my husband was glued to the game and the kids played on their own. Somehow those lazy Sunday afternoons haven’t been happening like that lately.
I think the most structured knitting time that I usually get is on Wednesday nights. The girls and I head to church for the weekly dinner and classes. The girls have children’s choir and then head to their classes. I help out in the kitchen after dinner – and then head to my ‘class’, which is called ‘Purls of Wisdom’ and is a knitting group, where we discuss everything from what everyone’s working on to what’s going on in our lives. At the end we take prayer requests and do a group prayer. I really enjoy the chance to ask questions, help others, share thoughts and projects and have at least one hour a week where I know I don’t have to scrape together time to knit.
Last Wednesday was my last knitting group for a while though – my middle daughter starts soccer practices tonight – Wednesdays, for the next 7 weeks. But, as long as the weather permits, I’ll be sitting on the sidelines with knitting needles in hand. Knitting along with the group in spirit, if not in person.