Thursday, June 9, 2011

Just Thinking.. Habits



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.  :)



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8 comments:

  1. An hour a day is all you need for either, exercise or knitting. I have no problem at at getting my fiber in :) Now, if I could only commit to those 10,000 steps.

    ~~Yogaticha

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  2. I think that is a great idea! I try to get some knitting time everyday but somedays no matter what I just don't get to or feel like it! Right now for instance...i really need to get my but in gear and get working on my blocks I'm knitting for my neices baby shower on saturday but here I am on the computer. You have just given me that nudge I needed to get off and start knitting again.

    Maybe I should start tracking my stitches each day!

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  3. That sounds like a great plan! It definitely would help me get some projects completed. Now if only I could knit or crochet while I walk, I could lose those last pesky pounds and get something done ;)

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  4. I'm one of those people who often gets overwhelmed with "just one more thing"; if I feel like I HAVE to do something, it loses its fun. For instance, when I was earning my master's degree, I had to read 3 or 4 books a week, plus numerous poems and short stories. Consequently, I didn't read for pleasure for nearly 10 years after I finished my degree, and I LOVE to read! So, I fear that if I made knitting a daily requirement, I wouldn't love it anymore.

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  5. Good point, Alethea. I know several ppl this idea would not work for either! :)

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  6. I like it! I am currently working on a stripey afghan (crochet) and I am telling myself I need to get at least 1 color done per night. My problem is a slight variation of Alethea's: I am so focused on getting the blanket done and neglecting everything else.

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  7. This would definitely be worth a try, particularly for those of us who have deadlines on when our projects need to be done; like if selling or in my case teaching a class. Thanks for the idea!

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  8. I think its worth a try. I'm really bad at crocheting consistently, I usually get most of my crocheting done when I'm at someone else's house (doesn't happen often) or at the doctors office. So it take's me FOREVER to finish anything.

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