My plan each Friday to post the projects that I’ve been working on during the week to both inspire other moms with little free time on their hands and to keep me accountable for the projects that I take on.
I don’t have huge chunks of time to work on big projects and I’m still learning how to knit and sew. What I find works for me right now is to keep my projects in the places where I can work on them.
I have my oldest son’s sweater sitting on my desk in a little basket with the necessary supplies plus the directions and I work on the sweater at least once daily while I nurse my 5 1/2 week old baby. Usually this takes anywhere from 20 – 30 minutes. Next to my bed I have two projects, one is a quick knit set of leggings for the baby for the fall and the other is a dress for her for the following fall. I work on these at night while watching Animal Planet with my three year old and in the morning when I watch the news with my dear husband. I also have a sewing project, a jacket for next fall for the baby, that I work on in the afternoon when she’s napping in the bedroom.
I may only get 15 – 20 minutes to work on each project and some days I don’t do anything. I use my small amounts of time to focus on one task, ie. cutting the fabric or pinning a hem or ironing down the seams. I also keep my projects fairly simple, even the bigger ones, so that I can make progress over time.
I have three projects pictured above. The red piece is the finished back of my oldest son’s sweater. I’m using seed stitch for the bands on the sweater and stockinette stitch for the bulk of the sweater. It took a month to knit this piece. The dark red velvet piece is the jacket for my daughter. I’m almost ready to sew the sleeves on after 1 1/2 weeks of working on the jacket. The multi-colored piece is one half of the leggings for my daughter; these have taken a week to knit.