Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A Typical Knitter's Day

When I read everyone's blogs I am always impressed by the sheer number of projects that you are working on and have finished. How do you find the time? I started thinking about what my typical day is like and where I fit the knitting in. Here's what a Lynette day looks like:

5:30am, wake
6-6:30am, go for a walk or run
6:30-7:45am, get ready for work
7:45 - 11:30am, work
11:30am - 12:45pm, lunch at home and if I'm lucky I can fit in a little knitting
12:45 - 5:30pm, work
5:30 - 6pm, decompress
6 - 6:45pm, make dinner
6:45 - 7:15pm, eat dinner
7:15 - 7:30pm, clean up
7:30 - 9pm, free time (errands, knitting, blogging, photo stuff, TV or some combination of these)
9 - 10pm, get ready for bed, read
10pm, sleep

I can't knit past 9pm without suffering some consequences (dropped stitches, etc). And the 10pm lights out is pretty firm because I can't stay awake.

What does your typical day look like? Where do you fit the knitting time in?


Birdsong said...

My day is a lot like yours - up early to exercise, lots of work, and only a few hours in the evening to fit in my passions. I think I probably knit a bit faster, but I am not getting a lot done these days, just small projects and hardly any reading. I no longer read in bed, preferring to either read or knit in a chair until 10, but otherwise quite similar. Hoping for more time when I drop down to just one job in the next few weeks.

Agnes said...

I don't have a job, but I wake up much earlier than my husband ... around 8 a.m. Besides checking mail and reading blogs, I would also check on the stock market and maybe do some little investment work. Then some mornings, I would iron the clothes for him to go to work. He comes back for lunch, so I have to prepare lunch ... thus really not much time for knitting. Afternoons are mainly for supermarket and other errands, laundry or cleaning. If I want to do some shopping for myself, it would also have to be in the afternoons when I have the car. I may also have to prepare dinner (if I want to make dishes like stew which take longer time) before going to pick him up after work. So, most of my knitting is done in the evening after dinner. But my husband is a night owl ... and I always try to go to bed with him at the same time. So, I am trained to knit into the night ... I can knit even after midnight.

Ruth said...

same with agnes - i'm not working, but i do have a million and one extra curricular activities. i used to do one project at a time (usually they are gifts with looming deadlines ahead!)... but now i've got 3 going on plus other stuff and i don't see myself finishing anything anytime soon! ack!

keohinani said...

see, at least you have a schedule. everything's kinda all over the place with me. sometimes i'll wake up early to knit (that's rare, actually)...more often (but not THAT often), i'm about ten minutes late for work because i wanted to fit another row or two in before i leave the house. ;P
sometimes i'll knit during my half hour lunch break, but most of it gets done in the two hours between the time i get home and the time i go to bed (8 - 10). however, even that is questionable because i'll spend time reading knit blogs and surfing the online yarn stores. if i don't do any of that, i have more knitting time.
i really suffer when i knit without keeping track of the time; i get really into it, and by the time i "take a break," it's past midnight and i have to wake up in six hours! yikes!
and you would think i'd get a lot done in a weekend, but my weekends are SO FULL.
i really liked your comment about the happiness you garner from knitting. isn't it fabulous?!

AJ said...

I am a lot like the other women too, very busy during the day, but I do try to stitch in between certain things. I don't drive, so if I have to take the bus somewhere, I try and take a smaller project with me and work a row or two while I wait for the bus. I really set a goal to knit for at least a 1/2 an hour a day. I guess in a way I am lucky, because I have insomnia...sometimes that gives me an advantage with my knitting. Sometimes not. But as long as you are happy with what you are creating, that's really all that matters!

LoriO said...

Lynette, you would not believe how similar our days are. I get up at 5:30, take the dogs for a walk, 6:15, make coffee, get ready for work. Leave for work around 7:30. Work from 8 to 12, grab a bite at my desk, work from 1 to 5 or 5:30, drive home, decompress, walk the dogs again, feed all animals, eat, read the paper, and then it's about 8:00. I sit down to watch tv, or knit and then I absoulutely konk out around 10:00.

I know that's why I'm not so prolific as a knitter. I have about a 2 hour window in which to knit and sometimes I just don't.

I've learned that I was a bored knitter. When I am busy in other areas of my life, I'm not bored enough to knit. It kind of makes me sad, but it is what it is.

SCarrGo said...

My days look a lot like yours, only, WHAT A LONG LUNCH YOU HAVE!!!


I would bring more knitting with me to work if I had that kind of time. As it is, I bring some occasionally--don't get a lot done with my 12.7 minutes of break/lunch, but, I try.

I knit when the TV is on. It is something I do to rid myself of the guilt of sitting there and watching TV. I'm like you, though--by 9:30, the eyes start to droop...

JoanM said...

I try to do a little some mornings, but not if I go to the gym. I don't always feel like evening knitting, depends how tired I am. I usually try to have a "take along" project for the odd times when I have to wait around.

Melissa said...

I try to fit in knitting when I can but I end up frogging so much I have no progress to report most of the time!