Creating at the Margins

Finding time to get things done is a regular problem these days, as I'm sure you can imagine.

The time I used to spend in the mornings knitting before school is now consumed by second breakfast. And the direction of my once reliable evenings is now determined by the timing of an inevitable foot in my ribs. But I know it's only going to become more chaotic, so I'm trying to create habits that support creativity now.

One of the most important things I've realized is that I have to set myself up for success. If I am frequently putting my feet up because they are swelling, then I should keep my knitting in easy reach of the couch. And if there is only one chair I can sit in comfortably when that little foot does its thing, then I should have a project handy there as well. Even when I'm tired I often prefer knitting a few rows to playing on my phone, but I know I won't get back up to find knitting once I'm down.

This weekend I also started creating ways to use the little bits of time in which I feel good. I set up my sewing machine on Saturday night and left it there all weekend. This meant that I could sit down for a few minutes at a time when the mood struck, rather than needing to lift and set it up more than once. And I actually finished a sewing project! Not one I can show right now, because of course the project I finished was a gift. But still, a finished project!

I'm hoping that by creating these habits now I'll be more likely to continue creating as we move into the final month of my pregnancy. I know I'm just going to become more and more uncomfortable, but I don't want to lose myself in all of this. Now if I could just create time for more naps.

Do you have any tricks you use to "create" more crafting time? I'd love to hear about them in the comments.