Trying to find the time?

Amy - posted on 11/28/2008 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I have been trying to find the time to get back at projects that I started while pregnant on my las child and there just never seems to be enough hours in the day!

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Laressa - posted on 06/24/2010

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I don't think I've taken time to do any of my hobbies since my baby was born--she's 10 months old! But we moved across the country, and I work part time in my husbands home based trucking company. so that also means making 3 big meals a day For hubby and his sister who is our secretary. Plus we're on the truck alot. I used to crochet there but its full enough in a truck with baby paraphanilia and I'm afraid of stuff getting dirty, plus I have to entertain my busy munchkin! lol.

I'm put to shame by my friend Margaret who had a set of twins (#7&8) for her and she sat and crochet thier blankets while she was nursing two of them. I can't see how she can do it, my baby won't stay latched if I try anything else at all, she is so very curious.

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a good time I find to knit is when I go to my inlaws or my parents. I let my boys visit and let their grandparents chase them around for a bit and I sit and knit away. I also bring my knitting along when I go to doctors visits, sometimes I get a chance to knit while waiting.

Stina - posted on 07/09/2009

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We are a 1 car family and I am often on the bus with the kids- so I bring my knitting or crocheting project along... They are occupied by the scenery and people and I usually get 10-20 minutes to work on a project.... and when they absolutly won't settle down at night, I sit outside their doorway with my project so that they lay quietly because mom is right there. this works well at Naptime too... And I thought I was crazy when I started knitting while nursing LOL. Now I see I'm not the only one- accept I can only do it when she's on the right hand side b/c she stays latched better.

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One of the reasons why I started knitting is because I have 4 kids and they all have activities. It seems like I spend half my day waiting at the dr's office, waiting at the dentist's office, waiting for them to do their violin lesson, waiting for them to come out and get in the car when I go to pick them up from somewhere. I use THAT time to knit. I always have a small project in my purse. Socks are great for this! When I have a few minutes, I pull it out and knit on it. It takes a while to get things done that way but at least that time is not wasted.

Cara - posted on 05/12/2009

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if you have kids that are old enough, get them involved!!! two of ours love knitting and crocheting ( and one is a boy) and try to find patterns that are easy enough to start out with so they get the instant gratification from producing something. it's very frustrating for me sometimes because i'm not a patient teacher.. but once they get the hang of it you can make things together... the knitting for peace book is great because the kids also get excited about making things for people in need!

Catherine - posted on 03/29/2009

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I've actually tweaked the patterns I'm knitting to use a circular needle at least for the body, that way I can knit for a minute here and a minute there without trying to finish a row. Also fewer baby brain induced errors as its all k :)

Catherine - posted on 03/28/2009

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I've actually tweaked the patterns I'm knitting to use a circular needle at least for the body, that way I can knit for a minute here and a minute there without trying to finish a row. Also fewer baby brain induced errors as its all k :)

Shonda - posted on 03/26/2009

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I get together with a group of girls once a month and we knit. I don't get much done, but I start a project and try to work on it in between the knitting parties. We take turns hosting and usually have good food along with it. More of a social group than knitting, but definitely worth getting out of the house without the kids.

Kelly - posted on 03/12/2009

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I have 2 kids (3yrs and 5 months) and work 3  12hr shifts.  When I work nights, sometimes on my nights off, I can't sleep.  So I stay up watching movies and crocheting.  I also can do a little while my oldest is watching a movie or playing and the youngest is sleeping or in the bouncer or exersacer.  And sometimes they nap at the same time!  like everyone else, I just try to sqeeze a little in at a time.  When I have a deadline for a gift, I don't sleep much.  I'm lucky my kids aren't too clingy all the time.

Karen - posted on 03/05/2009

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I have 6 kids, ages 8-17, and work full-time in addition to all the other mom stuff. After months of not being able to find time to complete projects... I finally decided to set aside at LEAST 15 mins per day to knit. I can find 15 mins a day - even if it's the last 15 before I go to bed, or while waiting in the car to pick someone up, etc... 15 mins over a week is almost 2 hours - plus, I usually end up sneaking in 20 mins or sometimes more into my time. I figure that a small amount of time knitting is better than no time knitting. :)

Amanda - posted on 02/05/2009

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well, i guess i am lucky, i am a stay at home mom, my son is in third grade, my daughter in kindergarten. i get up in the morning and usually get the house cleaned up after my son gets off to school at 8:30am (i wake up at 6:45am) then once my daughter goes to school at 12pm, i come home and sit down with a project, and watch tv. the kids don't get home till 4pm, so i have lots of time, i crochet a little more than i knit. i can make baby blankets in a day or two! and also i don't have a car, so its not like i have anything else to do, or anywhere to go!!

Lindsay - posted on 01/29/2009

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Quoting Blair:



Once I figured out how to knit and breastfeed at the same time my babe's sweater went a lot quicker. He's a real clingy guy though, so I can't often put him down in order to knit (or cook, or clean the house, or shower, or eat, or pee...)





Have you tried using a baby carrier, such as a sling or Ergo or mei tai?  These are lifesavers for getting stuff done with a clingy baby - they just love being along for the ride!  Both of my babes practically lived in their carriers. :)

Rosanne - posted on 01/29/2009

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I'm glad that I had so many things made for my daughter before she was born because it's true, there really isn't enough time! She's 7 months now and I have a sleeve left to knit for a sweater for a 3 month old that I started when I was pregnant (thankfully she's small and the sweater's big so she may get to wear it) not to mention the the coat I was crocheting that may just have to be for another baby! Oh well, I just tell myself that if my mom found time to do these things than I will too...eventually.

Felicia - posted on 01/28/2009

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I agree that there is not enough time in the day to do all that you want to. You need to make the time, I find knitting very relaxing and often knit at night before I go to sleep. This is my "me" time and find that making items for my family is very rewarding.

Christelle - posted on 01/23/2009

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Ha ha how I now the feeling...after six months I still need to finish the sleeve on a sweater for a 6 month old - and he has just turned 1!  I do try and kint in the car (while hubby's driving) or once a blue moon if I can sty awake after 21h00 ;-)

Betsy - posted on 01/15/2009

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look into yarn/ craft shops - they may offer a knitting night or class. We have a knitting group at my coffee shop once a week for a few hours- that way we all take time to knit. And the best part - no children allowed so we take time for ourselves. if you can't find one- start one- we simply put up flyers!

Amy - posted on 01/15/2009

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My two year old thinks that I sit just for her to have a place to sit! I find it hard to knit or crochet with her on my lap. I'm always afraid that I'll poke her in the eye with my needle or hook. But, as she gets more and more independent I seem to be getting more and more done. But, now that I am also working full-time, things are getting left again! I must be crazy to want to have another!

Blair - posted on 01/15/2009

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Once I figured out how to knit and breastfeed at the same time my babe's sweater went a lot quicker.  He's a real clingy guy though, so I can't often put him down in order to knit (or cook, or clean the house, or shower, or eat, or pee...)

Vilate - posted on 12/05/2008

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I have 6 kiddos, so I hear the tons going on stuff, but I find that my little one-21 months-loves to sit on my lap while I crochet. I think she likes the movement and haveing something to look at. I enjoy it too. I have crocheted while I nursed with all my babies. It is down time that I wans't using my hands, so I just had it sitting by the couch and would grab it as I was sitting down.

Amy - posted on 11/29/2008

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I have four kids, two at home and two in school! So when I get them in bed, I have to make lunches and make sure they have clothes for tomorrow! Plus we recently moved across country so I am still unpacking! I figure I will get back to it eventually, I hope.

Lori - posted on 11/28/2008

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It is hard to find time to knit with everything else that I need to do as a mom, wife, homemaker, etc. I'm lucky in that my kids go to bed early so I have a couple hours to knit each night. I do feel guilty though because sometimes I knit instead of doing housework. Although, knitting is a stress reliever for me while cleaning is not ;)

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