See this little bitty bit of a cuff of a mitt? That and a 7-by-2-inch strip of Slade ribbing are the sum total of my knitting for the past two+ weeks. The cuff is me working out some thoughts about a pair of by-request fingerless gloves for my niece. (“Surprise me!” is, I find, a major stumper.) And granted, I have spent some amount of time doodling possible colorwork patterns for them (in my Knitters Graph Paper Journal — love that thing!) that could have gone to knitting. But my knitting time seems to be getting more and more scant, and it is Bumming. Me. Out.
I’m forever seeing full-time knit designers proclaiming that their new shawl or sweater “knits up in no time!” and — honestly? — it makes me want to throw something at them. Granted, there’s a lot more to the job than the knitting, but when someone knits for a living there’s no way around the skewed perspective. If, like me, you have thirty minutes one evening and an hour five days later, nothing knits up in no time. And it’s got me wondering what the typical experience is, to the extent that there is such a thing. So here’s my Q: How much time do you have for knitting? On average, rough guess. Do you knit every day/night? Longer chunks on weekends? Only when you travel? Or what.
And if you have any tips for maximizing the use of that time, or carving out more of it, I’m sure we’d all love to hear it!
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