[Knitting] Knit-Life Balance

I am trying to figure out how to have a knit-life balance. You know — like folks speak of having a great “work-life” balance, I want a great knit-life balance…

I want to knit all the time. But I work full-time outside of my home. And I am a wife. And I am a mother. And I own an art gallery. And I give visual journaling classes, hold paint & sips, and do other activities with paint, paper, and canvas. And, and, and.

We all know how it goes…

And all I want to do is knit. Yes, I want to paint and draw too, but I know how to manage paper art + fiber art and give both proper time and attention. What I haven’t yet figured out is how to add in work, husband, kids, and LIFE to my passions with paint, paper, and fiber.

One of my current projects is the scarf pictured above. I’m following a free pattern that I found on Ravelry. It is for my husband — he picked out his own yarn. Right now I just want to knit non-stop until I finish! There are only 23 rows left…

But I am not able. I have to go to work. And I have to spend time with husband and kids. That happens in the evenings after work. By 10 p.m., the boys are in the bed and hubby and I are spending some quality time together. Then it’s time for bed so I can make the 6 a.m. bell to wake up and start the cycle all over again. Here comes the weekend and there are household matters to tend to, spend quality time with the boys on non-school days, and we cannot forget the husband.

When do I find time to knit???

I am determined to figure this thing out. I can’t keep knitting 2 rows and then putting the knitting down to give time to something else. I will never finish knitting that way. It’s madness! LOL

What do you do to fit in time for knitting — real time and not sneaking in a couple of rows between activities?

2 Replies to “[Knitting] Knit-Life Balance”

  1. If I may replace ‘art’ for ‘knitting’- for some of us equally had to fit into a daily schedule – I plan it. I just allow myself the time to do art. Make it a project, find time for it – once a day, three times a week, or even once a week. If I plan it, I (often) do it. If I don’t get to do it, I re-schedule the art. Well, you know.
    If it is about the way you think about it – if you ask yourself – am I allowed to have this time? Is it worthwhile? If you can say yes to that question, say you are allowed to have this time. Write it down. Give yourself permission. Even if something else has to go – or be changed. Knit while having quality time with your hubby (say the first 15 minutes after you sit down together, you knit). Hope this helps. If only a little.

    1. Art too is part of the problem Corinne! LOL I am an artist too. Own an art gallery and all… I have planned time for knitting (and art) and for whatever reason I seldom honor that scheduled time. In my defense, I have 2 teen-aged boys who are all boy and all teen and all of what comes with both of those things so it’s pretty crazy day-to-day for me. I’m determined to figure it out. I think I’m going to start making use of the ambrosial hours…

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