Plan B

Challenges.  Even in pleasure there are challenges or maybe your challenges are your pleasure.  Knitting gives me a high level of pleasure but I could list an abundance of challenges that knitting has brought me:  stitch difficulty, yarn disappointment, confusion with directions, size issues, and the list goes on.  Any project that you deemed a good idea may turn awry at any time.  As an advanced knitter, I have learned some techniques that ward off or, at least bring to a minimum some of those issues that I have encountered.  However, I believe the biggest challenge I continue to battle is the time limitation I have for knitting.  And, it does not help at all when I peruse the knitting site and see how some can produce many projects very quickly.   Knitting is not my career so the time I have for it is quite limiting.

So, being an advocate for myself, I have found that careful and thoughtful planning about what I am going to knit within a season becomes imperative to ward off those uncomfortable feelings of frustration that I sometimes (often) develop due to the fact that I simply don’t have more time for it. Goal setting in knitting!  For me, the planning begins giving thought to the length of time it takes me to knit a particular piece and continues with the calculated number of pieces I can successfully knit within a year.  I know that because of experience.  I do NOT over plan.   Then comes the more difficult decision of the order of those projects.  Difficult I say because I love all the projects in my stash and can’t wait for any one of them to be completed.  And, yes, this infers a stash.  Again, so as not to frustrate, I opt to knit the simpler projects during the school year and the more advanced during the summer when my time is less interrupted.   One last thought that comes into the equation is any project I may want completed by a certain date like a gift item or an item for an upcoming trip or for a particular occasion.  That always needs much consideration far ahead of time to ensure its completion when wanted.  It is really a carefully thought out process that when done right, truly eliminates this time frustration for me.

I guess I am talking about this because of my recent accident and writing this is therapeutic for me.   As usual, this summer I had my line-up all figured out.  All was going according to plan. Until the accident.  More bewildered than hurt at first and now ten days into recovery and in reflective mode, I am attempting to turn this around and instead of thinking oh, woe is me, I won’t complete what I wanted this summer I WILL think that this recovery period is giving me opportunity to pause and appreciate what has been accomplished and what a gift time and good health really are.  And, maybe I’ll sneak in a surprise project to show I can be flexible, too.

10 responses to “Plan B”

  1. This makes sense to me. I wish I had the summers off. But since I don’t, I have to knit hard and easy projects throughout the year alike. I would like to plan my projects like this, but truth be told I get inspired by my mood alot.


  2. I got caught up and forgot to add that I love your writing style!! Knitting, while it has challenges with producing any one project in less than swift time period, with writing, you can achieve much more! Write a book! Both are crafts…both are creative!


  3. Holly, stay postive and motivated! You can still do it! You can still accomplish those knitting goals set! It’s only your leg that’d injured…arms still in tact :D I think even just beginning a project will refocus the energy of the injury to something good.


    • Margaret, it’s really odd the way one needs their legs (?) for knitting. I am at the end of a project and need to try it on for final touches and need to wind yarn for beginning of next. Without movement, suffice to say, it is quite stifling. But, getting better every day. Words of encouragement are always helpful, though.


  4. I love your reflections about the intertwined challenges and pleasures of knitting, which are also valuable to apply to other aspects of living and life. I am at a time in my life, both professional and personal, where I am questioning a lot. I am realizing that a major part of the battle is knowing when to listen to all those questions and doubts, and when to take a few steps back in order to get a better perspective and to appreciate the quiet. When to hold on and when to let go…. You are so right that time and good health are such gifts! Arielle


    • Arielle:
      Sharing knitting on a knitting site is lovely but I am finding it limiting (on a few levels). I love writing and wanted to do exactly what you have described. So, with your comment I will gain in confidence and forge onward! Thank you!


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