I belong to some groups on Facebook that are about knitting, spinning, weaving, and dyeing. One of the questions that came up yesterday evening was "Do you take breaks with your knitting?" This particular group is about knitting Persian Dreams. It is a difficult thing to knit, but everyone is addicted to his own little hexagon world.
The woman who posted the question has gone five days without knitting anything. She says she isn't sad or upset, but she really is enjoying "not knitting". She, of course, has young children that are in sports and other activities. She also mentioned she has been bingeing on Candy Crush.
A while back I found myself obsessed with these hexagons. As soon as one is washed and blocking I was onwards to another. My hands got tired of managing the colorwork. I am also knitting other projects, so I was trying to fit them into the schedule.
I suddenly pulled back. I give myself a three day break in between the hexagons. I pick up the blanket or the sweater if I have to knit. Yesterday I did not knit all day.
Today I laid out my eight that are completed and studied the colors. I know what color I have to go to next. I haven't gotten number 9 pattern out yet. I just wanted to think about colors.
I am listening and watching a Rebecca Mezoff weaving class. And I am finished with the purple roving I found that I had stashed away. I am listening to Armand Gamache mysteries on audiobooks from the library. I have listened to two of those this week. I have read four books this week.
Of course, all of this keeps me from turning on the t.v. and hearing the crap that is being hashed out there on the news. I have limited my time on Facebook. I do enjoy certain computer games, but that's when I take a break. I haven't been watching as much Netflix as I normally do.
So do we listen to ourselves and take breaks when our hands or our eyes or our backs or our families tell us it is time to do so? I hope most people do. I remember the "old days" prior to shows that I would make myself sick working crazy hours to finish the last pieces, label them, price them, etc. No more of that. I am not on a time schedule any more.
I will say that I do set a goal to completely finish one hexagon in a week. According to many of the others, that is slow knitting. I just don't like to sit and knit all day long.
If the weather keeps up, I may be mowing the yard one more time. It has been coolish in the mornings and late evenings, but it is warm in the day time. Little or no rain lately. I have been watching for the first frost, but none so far. Weird!
I guess I just wanted to expound on the question of the day. Do You Take Breaks!