Happy New Year!
2014 opens before us full of possibilities. January 1 is that magical day when everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions and sets goals for the coming year.
Most of you probably have a resolution that includes finding more time in your busy life to knit and crochet. As they say, “So many projects, so little time!”
Happily, your yarn related goals will probably be easier to keep than your exercise related goals!
Here is a list of 10 tips for making more time to knit and crochet in the New Year.
1. Learn to knit or crochet while you walk
Loosing weight is one of the more popular resolutions out there. Walking is great exercise because it’s low impact and good for all ages.
Back in the day when people had to knit in order to clothe their family they knit while they walked all the time. If they could do it, you can to!
2. Knit and crochet for charity
Doing volunteer work is another popular New Year Resolution. There are many well-known, established organizations that collected hats, blankets, and scarves to distribute to people in need. They accept items all year. Who can say anything bad when you are engaged in such a virtuous activity?
3. Sweep less frequently
Come on, we all know the floor is just going to get dirty again. Why not wait for your efforts to have a noticeable impact? Take that time to make progress on the blanket you are crocheting, which will endure!
Instituting a “no shoe” policy and shaving your four-legged friends will help keep the mess down.
Getting take out every night isn’t practical because it will get expensive and that will cut into your yarn budget. Instead, put the members of your household on a cooking rotation. If they want you to knit them a sweater they have to give you the time to do it.
Friends who don’t live with you can pay you in casseroles. If they spend time making a lasagna for you, it might make them better appreciate the time you spent crocheting them a scarf.
If you live alone (or have rebellious roommates) you might want to set aside one day a week to cook several large dishes that will provide plenty of leftovers.
5. Get a dishwasher
This can be either a mechanical one or someone who lives with you. More time saved for stitching!
6. Do the laundry
And by “do the laundry” I mean start the cycle, knit until it’s done, then transfer the clothes to the dryer.
Those fancy, high efficiency units tell you how long the cycle will take. If set your wash cycle correctly you just made an hour of yarn time. After all, what if the load becomes unbalanced? You have to be there to fix it.
Humans are social animals. Having a good support network is important for our happiness. If it just so happens your support network hangs out at a local yarn store, so much the better.
8. Take your yarn everywhere
Waiting is so much easier when you have something to do. Ladies can keep a small project in their purse. Guys can get a messenger bag. In the summer, I’ve seen men using the knee pocket on cargo shorts to hold their yarn. Brilliant!
9. Take public transportation or carpool
This isn’t always easy, but you should investigate your options. A few years ago I started taking the train to work. I gained about two hours of knitting time!
Also, any money you save on gas can be added to your yarn budget.
10. Become a sports fan
When you are a sports fan, people totally understand that you have to stay home to “watch the game.” Do you realize how many hours of football are shown on TV on Sunday?
You’ll just be sitting there on the couch watching TV anyway. You might as well have something to show for your time.
Remember to cheer when the people around you are cheering so you don’t blow your cover. If anyone asks why you are crocheting, say it helps settle your nerves when the game gets close.
Share your tips for making more knitting and crocheting time in the comments!