As I sat and knit while in the hospital on Sunday evening and listened to various podcast episodes I couldn’t help but think how relaxing it was. I mean I was in the hospital after a preterm labour scare but I was at complete peace as I put my hands to work and distracted my mind.
Then last night I attended a craft night with one of my good friends where we learned how to make watercolour pillow covers. It was a night of socializing, eating and crafting and after we left we both stated how relaxing it was. As we sat and painted using our hands and distracting our minds we were relaxed.
Then again today as I sat in my bed counting contractions, knitting and listening to podcasts I felt a joy in what I was doing. I’ve done very tiny amounts of knit work in the past but have rarely finished anything and certainly have never finished a big project like the blanket I am working on. I grew up watching my mom do every type of craft imaginable – sewing, needle work, yarn work – seriously you name it she can probably make it. I always wished I could do those things and I tried several times but just never got into it and then lamented that I wasn’t crafty. I do a bit of crafting and DIY here and there but I don’t have a dedicated craft “hobby.” I think the biggest reason that I’ve never been able to really pick up a craft hobby is because I’m a doer and goer – I need to be always doing something productive usually in the form of household tasks and organization. It’s gotten a lot worse in the last few years since becoming a momma if I’m not doing a productive household task then I feel like I’m wasting my time. Even reading – a hobby that I used to enjoy immensely – fell to the wayside. In the evenings I’d be so exhausted that I wouldn’t have any energy to get more tasks completed and so my solution was to just go to bed. Sometimes I’d watch an episode of a show I enjoy but usually I’d just go to sleep – I’m talking EARLY like 7 or 8 pm.
Friends, this is pathetic!
In the warm months it doesn’t feel so bad because I have my garden as a hobby during the day and so that brings me so much contentment but the evenings are still void of anything. The thing is that evenings is a time where I could be spending with my husband while our little one is in bed. We don’t have a TV but he usually will watch Netflix on his computer and I rarely am interested in anything he’s watching so I just go to bed. Since being on modified rest I’ve realized the importance of having a hobby and I’ve realized that it is NOT wasted time. There’s something about taking the time to craft something with your hands that is going to be an item for someone you love. As I knit this baby blanket I dream of the little one that will soon be wrapped up in it and it brings my heart so much joy. It makes the time spent so worth it, and I know that every time I look at it I’ll remember this time spent resting and willing my body to cooperate. The memories will be knitted into every stitch and it will be beautiful.
Today I went to a store that sells all things yarn related and as I browsed and gently touched all the yarn I dreamt of the projects I could complete. I’m so excited to have this hobby and can’t wait to continue.
What about you? Do you have a hobby that you enjoy doing? How do you occupy your evenings when the littles are in bed?