Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft - alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette's baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly 'no crumbs near my yarn!' kind of knitter?
I always carry knitting around with me. I'd hate to get caught out and miss an opportunity to knit! My handbag has my latest sock project in it, or if it's a more complicated sock, I usually have a 'plain vanilla' pair on the go too for someone else. I will knit anywhere, and ignore any 'looks' that might get thrown my way! Generally, when Mr JK and I are out and about, he does the driving, so knitting always accompanies me on car journeys. I've even pinched the clip-on light from Mr JK's music stand, so that I can knit in the dark whilst in the car!! There's dedication for you! If it's a pattern that I need to concentrate on, I prefer it to be quiet. Otherwise the radio is generally on (or occasionally the TV, though neither of us is a great TV watcher), or when I'm spinning, it's Classic FM. It's soothing and rhythmical, perfect for treadling! A mug of steaming hot Yorkshire tea is also there, a mini bar of Green and Black's chocolate (butterscotch and ginger are my favourites!) and until recently, a furry being snuggled up close (sometimes too close!). I'm missing that big time.
When I'm at knitting group, I tend to knit something more straightforward, so I can chat, drink tea and eat cake! I don't normally knit before work, unless I've got loads of spare time (pretty unusual!) or I've got a stressy day ahead and need to relax. But it is almost unheard of for a whole day to pass with no knitting time at all, even if I only manage a couple of rows. I can't imagine not knitting. What did I do with my time, back in the days when I didn't knit, I wonder?
This is my last post in the 2nd annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, so normal posting will resume after today. It's been great fun, thinking about specifics to do with knitting, and also visiting a whole load of new blogs. Big thanks to Eskimi for organising the whole thing.