I apologize for being unfaithful, but a crazy deadline just made it impossible to for me to keep blogging AND get my project ready for teaching a Craftsy class. Now I’m ready to get back on track at Jill Wolcott Knits, and I also know what I need to do to keep this from happening again! I am very hopeful I will be doing more video teaching going forward. In the meantime, welcome back to the Jill Wolcott Knits blog. Be sure to sign up for my Newsletter if you haven’t already done so, because good stuff happens there that you don’t want to miss.
I can see from my site stats that some of you have been visiting me, even while I’ve been away, and I am so grateful. Now it is time for me to get back on track: regular blog posts, regular weekly newsletters, resuming ongoing programs, and, yes, back to my knitting!
This whole “drop everything to create a class AND knit the project” has given me lots of time to consider project management in all aspects of my life. Interestingly, while all this class preparation was going on I squeezed in reading the book Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin. At the same time, I also needed to be incorporating some stretching exercises into my daily routine to counter a hamstring issue I’ve been having. Thanks to my Nook, I was able to read the book almost entirely during the time I was stretching–thus creating a new habit, and being productive! Some interesting personal revelations came about while reading the book, not the least of which is that I like habits for exactly the reason that Gretchen gives: They make it possible to get things done without thinking about them. Since I always have plenty I want to think about, this is how I am able to sandwich a ton of stuff into my schedule–and it is probably the case for you too.
I finished taping my class, and I immediately cast on a new swatch–and knit while reading on my entire trip home. I had brought no knitting with me, and I had at least a zillion new ideas, so this seemed reasonable. Except, when I got home Mitch suggested that maybe I should just take a day or two off from knitting altogether. Which gave me some time to think about “what next” without it necessarily being a new project. I began considering the things I had abandoned when Craftsy called. Yup. I need to finish a few things before I begin creating new things, even though new, shiny, no problem knitting is sooooooooo much more appealing!
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