How do I knit so much? I’ve been asked again to share my sooper-secret method of homeschooling and accomplishing things.
It’s not too secret, in fact, it’s not secret at all and I’m about to share my methods.
Method One :: get up early.
Rising at 6 and sitting in front of a light box to keep Seasonal Affective Disorder away has taught me, the Not-at-all-a-morning-person person, the beauty of the early hours. Everyone else is asleep. I can’t do chores. I can’t bang things or rattle dishes. I must be quiet. Therefore, I can accomplish things that involve sitting. Without guilt.
Method Two :: be impatient.
Have an itch to get things done. Hate sitting still. Be impatient with waiting but pursue patience.
Knitting keeps me mellow. It lets me sit by the kids while they do their math and not be forever poking my nose into their learning experience.
Knitting calms that chattering monkey mind that is the superficial layer of my thinking and allows me to focus. It grounds that part of me, keeps it busy, and lets the rest of me think, talk, listen.
Method Three :: knit when you’re sitting.
Watching TV? Reading a book? I’m confused. Why aren’t you knitting?
I make sure to have something simple on the needles nearly all the time. Plain socks? Love ’em. They go round and round without needing much of me and I can read aloud to the kids, or sit in the car as we drive to my parents’, or wait in line, or talk with friends.
Method Four :: ignore housework.
It’s just going to get fingerprints on it again anyway. Don’t get too fussy. Clean ’til you’re happy with it, and then stop and knit for heaven’s sake. A happy you is more important to those around you than a dusted freezer top. Remember this key philosophy: people before things. (See Method Five.)
Method Five :: rate your needs as needs.
Consistently putting your needs on the back-burner for others’ needs? Just stop that. That’s silly. How much more can you give when you have energy to give with?
Needs are needs. Mine, yours, the kids’, the neighbours’. They’re foundational, fundamental: that’s why they’re called needs. Stop thinking of your urge to be creative as a frivolous thing, a mere desire. Needs are needs.
Method Six :: only have medium to large children.
You’ve got little models? Wait. In two years you’ll be startled at how much more of your life is the kind of life to which the other 5 methods apply.
The right kind of knitting for methods two and three in particular.
Yarn: Lana Grossa Cool Wool 2000, red and mushroom
These weren’t meant to be a Christmas gift but rather an autumnal ‘just because’. But fall moved on and now these sweet legwarmers will arrive in time to be a holiday treat.
Used TECHknitting’s tutorial for jogless stripes, the stationary method.