Saturday, February 15, 2014

Slower means faster (knitting)

I keep getting so much done! I don't know quite how it works, that I feel much more relaxed and less rushed, and yet I get so much more done on my days at home. (Note: this doesn't apply to workdays.) I meet friends and do laundry and bake bread and do ironing and still have time to sit with a cup of tea and knit.

Today I sewed together the panels of the cardigan I am knitting. I've been super excited about this, and waiting for a weekend when I can get the sewing machine out without feeling rushed. I actually finished all but one of the pieces in February but then had to wait for more yarn to arrive from the UK as I'd run out (and had to do quite a bit of research to match the yarn, as I bought this years ago and most places no longer stock it.)

It's actually beginning to look like a cardigan now! Super exciting! Now I'm picking up the stitches around the neck to knit the neckband in, and then just the button and buttonhole bands to go! This will soon be finished and and I can't wait to wear this - the first full garment (rather than scarves/gloves kind of thing) that I've knitted and I'm so surprised by how quickly it knitted up, and how much I've enjoyed the very visible, tangible progress of watching the knitting grow.

I'm really beginning to feel the impact of slowing down, consciously trying to be present in what I'm doing rather than having something on 'in the background', and giving each task my full attention. I finish sooner, do a better job, and feel motivated to move on to another task. I still have a long way to go yet before I feel fully on top of all aspects of managing my home and, well, my life, but I am really enjoying the journey.

And you? Any Saturday craftiness to share?


  1. I agree it's such a satisfying feeling to complete a garment, and yours is looking beautiful. Looking forward to a photo of you wearing it.No Saturday crafting for me really as the weekend has been very full here on the farm, but did manage to do about 8 rows on the sleeve of a babies cardi, with my before bed cup of tea! The first chance I had to relax all day.

    1. There will be photos galore, I have no doubt. My first cardi!

      Your weekend sounds much busier and fuller than mine, but glad you got that cup of tea and some knitting in at the end.

  2. I am intrigued. Did you sew this up by machine? How did it turn out?

    1. Yes, I did make this up with machine stitching. It came up very pretty but just a shade on the small side so I'm intending to stretch it a little when I wash it. Pictures to come this week!



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