time for...

I hate to be cliché here, but I’ll just say it anyway – there just isn’t enough time in the day. And I mean that in lots of different ways.
-I am currently bound by the universal constraints of linear “time.”
-There are only 24 hours in what we call a day.
-My life equates to a finite amount of time.
-Life is short.
-I work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day.
-The rest of the time I’m supposed to keep my house clean, water my plants, weed the garden, pick up the dry cleaning, sleep, prepare and eat healthy food, spend time with my boyfriend, keep up with New Girl on Fox, pretend to like football, knit, blog, prepare Christmas gifts, work out, relax, figure out how to reduce stress in my life, and try out new hobbies.

Every so often “free time” becomes so scarce, that it makes me a little cross. Like right now. Don’t get me wrong, I had a very nice weekend, and I didn’t actually do much cleaning or anything (don’t look too closely if you come over). But I haven’t knit a stitch since at least last Thursday.
Sometimes I feel too guilty to sit down and knit. Does that ever happen to you? I should be doing something else. I’m not sure what, but something more “productive” or “useful.”
The thing I forget is that sitting down to knit is incredibly productive and useful – in that it helps me relax and stay in the present moment.
I was talking today to a woman at work who just finished her first knitting class – “Loops 101” at our best LYS, Loops. She is hooked (even though it’s not crochet, haha) and looking forward to doing more. She said that even though it’s been a little hard to learn, she finds knitting relaxing. This, from a newbie! That’s encouraging.
I’ve learned over the last 6 years that knitting is indeed relaxing. Even when you are working on a difficult pattern, the act of sitting down and focusing on what’s directly in front of you, taking a deep breath and being present enough to the activity at hand causes you to slow down and… relax.

There’s only one problem. I’m not very good at relaxing, because I feel guilty when I relax. And then stress sneaks up on me in very unfortunate ways. Maybe I should prescribe knitting as part of my “cure” for stress. Like, I’m sorry I can’t come to your Christmas party, or check my gutters – I’ve got to sit down and knit. Doctor’s orders!

What do you think, Sockbean – is it OK if I sit down and knit every so often, even when I feel that I don’t have the time??


i am still working on this stupid sweater... 


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