Recently I went to draw up some pattern pieces and messed them up badly, I put it down to the fact I had been awake for 15 hours and my brain was too tired to concentrate. It got me thinking of when is the best time to craft?
I’m a morning person so find that I can be up well before the sun drawing up embroidery designs or cutting fabric. Even as I’m getting ready for work sometimes I find myself picking up my embroidery to do a stitch or two or grabbing a crochet hook for a few stitches. Maybe sneak in a row of knitting if it’s there. In the mornings my brain is switched on suddenly complicated patterns just click, I keep count better, I can concentrate. Early to mid morning is my peak time. If I’m at the sewing machine I like to be at it first thing.
After work I find I’m tired and like to do things which involve sitting in front of the tv more rather than setting up the sewing machine. I always have plans to set up the sewing machine after work and it just never happens. I still need to craft as I can’t keep still so this is when I like to do things like crochet or knit or stuff toys. These are things you can do on auto pilot (remember I do very basic knitting and crochet which doesn’t involve a lot of concentration) This time of day I find is also a good time to plan stuff except sometimes I find myself more planning than actually doing.
I can sew in the afternoon and the evenings but I have to really concentrate and not have anything else going on around me. I can easily hand sew at this time or do embroidery. I’m one to have a number of projects on the go at one time. No way will I ever be a one project person. Having the various projects going means I can always pick up something and work on it no matter what time of day, what concentration level I’ve got.