"The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away." David Viscott

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Keeping Focused

When turmoil and chaos enter your world, it is tough to focus on crochet.  Worry and action take over for the tribulation at hand.  To maintain your sanity, you MUST take time for yourself.

Choose a project that is repetitive and doesn't require much thought.  You don't need to add frustration with your crochet to your already frazzled self!  Allow yourself to get into a rhythm and let your stitching act as a mantra.  Even just a few minutes of crocheting can give you the refreshing break needed to continue with your day.

There is a massive road construction project not far from my home, in which they stop traffic to let only one lane through at a time.  The wait can be anywhere from zero (if you're lucky enough to catch up to the end of the line that's going through) to 45 minutes!  Rather than get all worked up about the possibility of being late, put the car in park and get out your crochet.  I've joked with the traffic control people that I have finished an entire sweater while waiting for them! 

With school starting, winter coming, and Christmas in the foreseeable future, there are many crochet projects that need to be completed.  I'm working on wool coats, hats, mittens, socks, and gifts.  If I were still vending craft fairs, I would also be adding to my inventory.  As a designer, I must keep a sharp eye on the deadlines that occur in this time frame. 

To keep myself from being overwhelmed, I break up my day into 2 hour time slots dedicated to specific projects.  I may have a half a dozen projects going at the same time, but each one is progressing a little each day.  If an appointment falls within a certain time slot, I bring that project with me. 

If you only have a half an hour a day you can squeeze out of your schedule for yourself, spend at least part of it crocheting.  A hat that would take 3 1/2 hours to complete all in one sitting will be done in a week, and you'll begin to look forward to your "crochet time". 

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