Sunday, April 03, 2011

2KCBWDAY7: Knitting and Crochet Time

I'm so glad this last post assignment for Knitting and Crocheting Blog Week is so laid back. I don't usually get online on Sundays--so much of my work involves being on the computer that it does my brain good to take a break. Besides, when am I going to do laundry, gambol about looking at the daffodils, and search the town for a Mocha Valencia?

Eskimimi says in her description of today's assignment that since last year's similar one was to post a picture of where you knit and crochet, we don't even need to show pictures this time. I'm a tinch uncomfortable not showing a picture. For some reason, I feel like all my posts should have loads of images. Today, though, I'm mostly okay with no pictures. I'll be back next time with pictures, most probably.

My normal work days usually start at around 5 A.M. Coffee in hand, I crank up the laptop and begin checking e-mail for any fires to put out. Then I check Facebook, Ravelry, etc., for news. Then if there are orders to process, I get those done. By then it's about time to grab some yogurt for breakfast. After that, it's time to work on pattern drafts. Once I'm that deep into things, it's usually hitting around noon or after and my brain is starting to dive. I am and have been for as long as I can remember, a morning person. My brain comes to life as soon as the caffeine gets in there and stays pretty perky until the next coffee time at around 3 P.M.

That's where the knitting and crocheting come in. After I've squeezed all I can out of the grey matter, I get all settled in on the couch in front of our big picture window where I can watch the neighborhood go by as I work. I usually have a glass of fizzy water or some tea or coffee beside me on the coffee table and my mug filled with adzuki beans into which are plunged my cable needle, a crochet hook, my large darning needle, and a pencil ready for a quick grab as needed. Usually I'm working on a project already in progress during afternoon work. If I have planning and swatching to do, it gets done during active brain time. For afternoon knitting and crochet time, I will either turn on something like HGTV with no sound or put in music according to mood. If I'm feeling kicky and don't need to think much, I want to hear some Dropkick Murphys or some Elvis Costello or something like the Quidam soundtrack (gawd, I love that so MUCH!). If I need to ruminate on something while I work, I'll put in some Vivaldi, Brahms, etc. I do not munch while working with yarn. Too sticky/salty/gooey. Also at present we have no pets. I like animals--I always pet the cats and doggies I meet on walks around our neighborhood, but we have none living in our house. Having raised three daughters, I've pretty much had my share of pets, so I don't really miss it.

Well there you have it. That's how knitting and crocheting time usually proceed around here. Did I leave out anything?

Oh--only one thing. I have to tell you how very much I have enjoyed being a part of this blogging event this week. I have loved all of your comments and I have made some new blog friends because of KCBW. I am so behind on reading all the posts from the hundreds of bloggers in on this party, but I plan to spend a little time every morning for the next couple of weeks going around catching up with that. I'll probably be posting on your blogs soon!

Have a good Monday--I hope there are plenty of flowers blooming where you are.


PandaBearofDoom said...

I don't wake up till I have had a drink of coffee too XD

fridica said...

That's really cool, it was interesting to read what the day of someone who actually does knitting for a living looks like! Thanks!

Cassandra said...

Yours is the new-to-me blog I've most enjoyed reading this week! yay KCBW, introspection and new discoveries!

Natalie said...

I am so jealous of your self-planned work routine. I have always had in the back of my mind to work up a morning routine of my own but my wanting to sleep in the morning usually gets in the way of that. My natural waking hours are shifting but still remain too close to actual work time. hehe Reading your blog always inspires me to get to work! love it!

Alexandra said...

Wow! 5 am?! I'm a morning person too, but that's very early :D I enjoyed reading about your day, I've always wondered how designers work! And I agree about the coffee - I can't wake up in the morning without one!

Amanda said...

Sounds like a lovely day! I really like your idea of putting extra needles/pencils/etc in a bowl of beans! I have some great pottery pieces I picked up at an art fair last year, and this would be a perfect use for one of them!

fig said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and letting me know your thoughts. I kinda got carried away with this post--it turned from just talking about knitting and crocheting time to talking about my whole day! Uh-oh--coffee time again. Gotta go crank up the kettle!