I was just thinking.. (That in and of itself, I concede, is dangerous - but hear me out.) I have several friends (non-fiber arts peeps) who engage in the 10,000 steps a day program where they try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day for good health. I think it's a fab idea! BUT WHAT IF... Knitter, crocheters, spinners, and needlepointers adapted the same principle for good emotional health?
What if knitters, crocheters, hand stitchers, and rug hookers vowed to get in 100 stitches a day? What if spinners vowed to spin a certain number of yards or ounces a day? (I'm not a spinner, so perhaps a spinner can enlighten me as to what measurement would be a good example here.) Wouldn't it feel good to start every day with a tangible fiber goal?
I've been hearing on various podcasts how several knitters (in particular) are going through a creativity slump right now. They just aren't feeling it. And believe me, I've been there. One time it lasted several months. I thought buying new yarn or new fabulous needles or new patterns would inspire me and pull me out of my funk. But they didn't. And all of a sudden I felt completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount and seemingly unending WIPs. So much so, that I didn't want to look at my projects.
But one day, I had to do a product review of a yarn. I was still in the midst of my funk, but I don't breeze through product reviews. I needed to work with the yarn so that I could give a true review of it. I had made the commitment to knit up a small project with the single skein and give a thorough review. So I set a daily fiber goal so that I could get the project done in a sensible amount of time AND not feel overwhelmed by it. And you know what? It pulled me right out of my funk.
So what do you think? Do you think setting a daily fiber goal is a good idea or do you think that adding yet another commitment may make you feel even more overwhelmed? I'm interested to hear how you all feel. Remember, there's no right or wrong answer. :)