Knitting & Crocheting Blog Week: Day Seven – Your Knitting or Crocheting Time

Day Seven! (Woo hoo! I did it!)

Today’s prompt:

Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

I crochet everywhere. Everywhere. This is my full time job and if I’m under deadline, there’s no where I won’t crochet. I’ve crocheted on the bus, I’ve crocheted in waiting rooms, I’ve crocheted on a plane, I’ve crocheted in a car in the dark (while someone else was driving), and I’ve crocheted at Disney. No, really, I even have pics to prove it:

Standing in line at Soarin’ in Epcot

But, let’s talk about my typical crafting time.

If I’m working on a design and need to make notes as I go, then I’m typically sitting at my work table. I keep my design notebook next to me and crochet a row then write it down. I’ve learned the hard way that this is how I have to do it if I ever hope to write the pattern later. I often either have a cup of coffee or a cup of water next to me. Laptop is always on and I’m known to answer emails super fast because of that. I’ll often take quick breaks and stretch my fingers by goofing off online. 🙂

If I don’t need to make notes, then I’m usually in my comfy chair. There I still have a drink of some sort next to me, and try to remember to have all my tools on the table, too. I’m trying to learn to disconnect from the internet a bit more, but I still often have my iPod Touch next to me when I’m in the chair. It’s my secondary computer and I use it to do just about everything I need to do online (except Ravelry, it’s a bit harder to navigate in the tiny little screen).

My TV is always on. This comes from working seven years in a control room at a TV station. I get twitchy when there is a TV in the room and it isn’t on. Even if I’m not paying attention to it, it’s the noise. And no, music doesn’t fill the void the same way. So, if I’m home, TV on. I also use the TV as my clock. Again, this comes from working at a station. When a show has ended I know that half an hour or an hour has passed. Commercials remind me to take a break (although I did my time in TV working at a PBS station, so it took me a while to get used to those again). So I rarely watch movies. I won’t talk about what I do watch. There are benefits to working from home (mostly) alone so one can indulge in bad television vices. I now have a DVR, too, so I often record things overnight and watch them the next day.

I have one big window (sliding glass door) and one small window in my room and I usually keep the blinds open to let in natural light. The only time this changes is in the summer when it just gets too hot. We’re making some changes this year to the windows, so hopefully I can still have natural light when we move into the real part of summer. If not, I’ll do what I did last year, which was to wait until the sun moved to the other side of the house to open up the blinds.

My typical work day goes from about 9:30-10:00am (depending on when I get up and how long it takes me to do the typical morning stuff), pausing around 1pm for a quick bite for lunch, back to it until 5-5:30pm for a quick dinner and doing the dishes, then back to it until usually around 7:30pm. Some days go longer, some days don’t. It depends on the project on deck and the to-do list. And what’s going on in the house.

I often take breaks to snack, and will eat near my project (depending of course on what the food and yarn is, there are always exceptions), but I rarely eat while I’m crocheting. Simply because I haven’t figured out how to eat and crochet at the same time. If I’m putting down the hook to eat, then I’ll eat.

That’s all I can think of about my crochet time. Kinda boring, I know. 🙂

Today is the last day of the blog week! If you want to read the rest of the blogs that are also posting, you can do a google search on this term: 2KCBWDAY7. Everyone participating will have that term in their post and you can follow along that way. 🙂