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May 03, 2021 2 min read

Last week in the Facebook group, a lovely new knitter posted about the trouble she was having working her Moss Cardigan. 

…how do others find the time for knitting the sweaters? I feel like this is not a project to just pick up and set down (probably a result of it being my first sweater). On one row I had 8 interruptions by my family.

Oh my sweet knitter. Your frustration comes through loud and clear, and trust me, we can all relate.  Where indeed do we find the time, as mothers, wives, daughters, aunts, to do the things we want to do for ourselves?  We are always giving.  Knitters especially.  We just want to finish this one row, already.  Please. It’s just one row.  But we are not always the best at saying no, and as far as setting boundaries…right. 

It's okay. 

Each of us is in a different phase of life, facing our own set of demands and priorities.

You are not behind.  You are exactly where you need to be.  If it takes 6 months or a year to knit a sweater, that’s okay.  It’s not a race, and knitting is not a competitive sport. 

If I encourage you to knit for 10 minutes a day, it is only to give you a goal for selfcare.  Some days you will get that, and other days it might just be one minute.  Either way is fine.  Just try to take care of your own needs without feeling guilty. As they say, please secure your own oxygen mask first.  Because you’re not at your best without some level of selfcare. 

Trust me, things will change, and as they do, you will find more time to knit and more time for calm.  Your family may even come to understand that you’re a happier person when they give you a few quiet moments to knit. 

In the meantime, remember that no one looks back over their life and says, I wish I had spent more time knitting and less time with my family.  You are exactly where you need to be, doing exactly what you should be doing.

You are beautiful, you are loved, and you are enough.

Warmly,

Ellen

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