Thursday, April 14, 2011

~ crochet time management ~

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
 - and -
2.  always carry a crochet bag 

:)        
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18 comments:

  1. Such a fun post to read!!! I'm with you, carry hook and yarn wherever you may roam!!!

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  2. Thanks! I only have 16 more years! :)

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  3. yes, that is exactly right. I always have a bag with hooks and yarn with me everywhere I go. Dr. office,before church, always waiting on someone, those little minutes really add up. And helps the Waiting time go by faster.

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  4. bwahahaha! So true on waiting til the kids are older! I do try to get an hour in a night after they go to bed, but not every night. I am actually sitting here crocheting, while I read your blog post, and my kids are playing on their computer (but time is up! LOL) so off I must go and play ;)

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  5. made me smile..love your blog

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  6. Well written, Debi. And I totally agree...when the kids are little it's hard to find the time to crochet. I crocheted a bit back then, but nothing like I have time for now.

    This weekend I'll be puppy-sitting while my dd's family is camping. I plan on crocheting during that time. Think I'll put an edging on some receiving blankets.

    Right now I am off to work on some more crocheted play food for my granddaughter's BD present come July. All the pieces for chocolate cake are made. Now I just have to sew them together and stuff it.

    Have a great day! :)

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  7. How true! I carry small projects in a zip lock bag in my purse like dishcloths. I call them "purse projects."

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  8. Ms.Debi! You are such a sweetheart! Really..what a great post, always such a pleasure to read. You never waste a minute of your day :) I think I'm going to make up a few "bags"..one that I can leave in each of the trucks, and maybe even one just to grab if going with someone else. It's not like I never have more then one thing going at a time anyways :)
    I loved hearing more of the personal stuff about you too, learn something new everyday. (I thought you had always worked) Thanks so much! Very much appreciated, take care! xx

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  9. Yes, those are the perfect tips. I hate getting caught somplace without my crochet, at least when I it with me it passes the time and gets something beauituful done at the same time.

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  10. Loved reading your post Debi, I hope I don't need to wait until my little one is grown. lol. :-) I carry smaller projects with me too and my hubby will say, why did you bring your crochet? :-) Have a great evening.

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  11. That sounds about like me! I taught myself to crochet somewhere around 1992 0r 93, then had kids and didn't pick it up again until my oldest was 12! And yes I do try to take yarn and hooks everywhere I go lol.

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  12. great story .. I have bags with all my wips in, seperate of course..
    Choose which one I feel like crocheting for the day :))

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  13. So true! I've always crocheted whilst watching TV, in the evening at night, but now, with all the time for myself, I can do that whenever I want. Of course, I had to wait like 18 odd years...LOL!

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  14. I agree I always carry a hook .i m often found in a queue crocheting whilst waiting to pay for shopping.

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  15. I have a small bag of yarn and a hook in my lunch bag (waterproofed, just to be safe). I'm normally at work 20-30 minutes early, mostly because if I leave my house even 5 minutes later than I do, traffic gets horrible and I chance being late for work. So I crochet before shift starts, sometimes crochet at lunch. Then the bag is still with me after work in case I need to stop for an appointment anywhere.

    My husband and I cannot have children (unless a miracle happens) so I crochet most evenings too. I don't think I know how to watch TV without yarn and a hook in my hands...

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  16. Debi-what a great post! Well said! My youngest is now 9, and it is much easier than when they were little. However, I've always squeezed in crafting time. It was a little 'me' time tucked in and a relaxing outlet, even when they were little. Have an awesome day and thanks for sharing!

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  17. I spent many, many hours crocheting while my children trained or played at their sport. I had to occupy myself for up to 6 (or more) hours.

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  18. Nice to read these details of your life, Debi.
    Since a while I take along with me, while travelling, also crochet things and so I crochet in the train, in the hotelroom and so on. :-)
    Bye, Lia

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