Nicole from Must be Destiny... left a nice comment for me about my baby blankie #8. She suggested that I write a post about time management since I seem to crochet alot. Well - it's really nothing that I've been able to figure out - it just all comes with time.
It all started back in 1977 or 1978 - my sister Teri taught me how to do the granny square. Of course, I didn't stick with crocheting then - I was in High School and had other things to do. But around 1982 when I was pregnant with my daughter, a friend of my husband refreshed my memory of how to crochet. I crocheted a few baby blankies for her but when she was born all of that went out the window. I think I was able to crochet only when she slept. Not alot got done. I then started working part-time for a car dealership that my husband worked at - still not alot of crochet was getting done. My next job was working full-time for an attorney. The only time to crochet was at night after E's bedtime - I always tried to squeeze in a couple hours - and I was always tired the next morning.
Fast forward to 1989 when I was pregnant with my son. I decided to quit working and stay home with the kids. I was very happy. I thought I would have all the time in the world. Wrong. My son did not sleep for the first 18 months of his life. If I was able to pick up my crochet work, it was only for a few stitches. Between taking care of my kids, the house and always making sure everyone was fed, I was just too exhausted to do anything else.
As my children grew, I was able to find more and more crochet time. It's good now.
I work part-time at a (different) car dealership and I always get to work about 10-15 minutes early. I sit in my car and crochet a granny square or hexagon. Tuesday thru Friday I also pick up my youngest grandson J from the school bus and watch him until his Dad or Mom gets home from work. While waiting for his bus, I crochet a granny square or hexagon. Sometimes I can get 3 or 4 squares or hexagons done in a day. After I'm done watching J, my time is mine. I can crochet for a little while until it's dinner time. I cook dinner, clean up, get showered for the next day, plop down on the couch and crochet some more. It's great.
So in conclusion - here are my crochet time management tips:
1. wait until your children are grown
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2. always carry a crochet bag