Distraction vs Focus

I really meant it when I said I can’t focus.  It takes me about 20-25 minutes to get the kids some sandwiches for lunch because I’m so easily distracted and then completely forget what I was doing.  My husband says that, to some degree, this is what his life is like all the time!  It is really something I am struggling with.  I was always “type A” and great at seeing things through.  I am now incredibly sympathetic to those who have focusing issues, particularly my daughter who is about to start Kindergarten. I know that focusing on the task at hand will be an issue for her, and I am ready to help in anyway that I can because now I understand.
I’ve been knitting for about a decade now, so a knitting project is always a good choice for me. I can do it with the lights out and my eyes closed.  Perfect.  I am working on the Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum from the 2007 Interweave Knits in RYC Cashsoft Aran.  I read a lot of complaints about how boring and repetitive the endless rows of moss stitch were, and I knew it was the perfect project for my “I can’t focus” issues.

Granted, I am now at the arm shaping and haven’t picked it up in a week. Details, details.

I believe that the 2007 Interweave Knits is the best issue to date.  It has a bunch of timeless patterns that could easily be modified to fit the current trends.  Of course, it also has (um.) some (eek.) duds (close call but I don’t like putting bulls-eyes on my boobs), but what publication is perfect?  And all of them could easily be altered to be rockin’ with a simple (major) tuck of the sleeve, or snip of the thread!

Is there a book or magazine, knitting or otherwise, that you have found to be a hit?  Pattern after pattern are just amazing, and you have knit/sewed/crafted your way through the whole thing?

  • Sorry in advance, this is a long comment, lol…

    First, my son has ADD, we got a late diagnosis but it’s helped tremendously. I’m ONLY mentioning this because of what you said about focusing issues — IMO, it’s not a problem unless you notice it takes her an inordinately long time to complete a homework task that shouldn’t take too long — that’s how I noticed a problem. Just wanted to put that out there in hopes of helping if anyone needed that.

    Anyway, back to crafting…
    I love IK, but I stopped subscribing a while ago only because there was no way I could possibly knit everything. I already have so many back issues with projects I want to do. I’ll pick up a copy every now and then if I see something I love and must knit. I wish there was a mag or book where I wanted to make everything! But then, I’d need to live to be about 200 years-old, lol.

    That much moss stitch would make me crazy, so good for you for sticking with it! :-)

  • Have your knitting is gorgeous! Enjoy the weekend!!