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 seem to have developed two standard knitting environments; while traveling and while drinking. I have a long commute to work. About 2 hours each way and, I don’t drive. So I start out my commute on the subway and usually have pulled out my needles while still on the platform.
So I do have plenty of knitting time on my commute, though there are times where I spend that time reading, sleeping, writing, or playing video games. It just all depends on my mood and what projects and other distractions I have with me. The same is true if I am doing something like flying. I tend to plan what knitting to bring on a flight long before I decide on what clothing to bring.
In all these places I also have my other staple. My iPod. I always have music playing when traveling and knitting and it is something that helps keep me calm and keep me focused. I find outside sounds distracting and harder to tune out then a play list I have put together.
My other knitting time is spent while drinking. I’d like to say something like I have no idea how that started, but I joined a knitting group that met in a bar. Not just any bar mind you, Burp Castle.
With Beers on tap and murals of Monks gone wild, we would meet here every Weds (we have since become a roving band of wild knitters) drink chat and knit. We became regulars, it was the bar where everyone (at least weds night) knew our names or our habit.
“There are those knitters again.”
“What are you making this time?”
“Is that a TARDIS?”
“But you knit, in a BAR?”
So with beer, Pommes Frites, and hopefully a light colored yarn in hand, we knit. We chat and we drank. It was something that I came to look forward to. Wednesday wasn’t hump day, it was Beer and Knitting. And that made it a good day. I joined this group, less than a year after I started knitting, and it has gotten me in the habit of knitting in bars with other friends, who either pull out their knitting as well, or shake their heads in amusement.
It’s amusing to see that my other knitting group, while it meets in a yarn store, said store has a bar in the back and it is quite often that you can find me with a bottle of cider, or a glass of Riesling as we knit and chat away.