Do you have a project you’ve been trying to finish but can’t because you have a little one running around, pulling at your yarn, undoing your hard work or, worse yet, getting into your yarn when you’re not around? I know the feeling and it can be frustrating, but don’t give up! Here are a few tips and tricks I would love to share with you today.
I am a mom of an 18-month-old who just LOVES mommy’s crocheting and LOVES to see it strung out all over my living room. I was ready to give up myself until thoughts of crochet started dancing through my head as if I were going through withdrawals. LOL. I knew I had to change a few things. Here are some steps I took. I hope they can help you as well.
1.Evaluate and change your crochet area
For me, my crochet space is the living room. I have my spot on the couch where I sit every day. I like to have my crochet next to me for easy access. With a toddler running around it was hard to keep my yarn there since she would grab it and takeoff running. ARRRRGH! And I definitely don’t want her getting ahold of my sharps! I had to re-evaluate how my area was set up. First, I decided to keep my sharps (needles, scissors, etc.) in a zipper-bag she was not able to open. I know that later on she will learn this zipper and I’ll have to re-evaluate again but for now, it works.
Next, my working-yarn is now kept in a shoebox that can be neatly slid under the couch. It’s out of sight, out of mind for her when I’m not working on it.
2. Timing and distraction
Sometimes when I’m trying to relax and crochet, my daughter likes to foil the experience by grabbing my yarn. This makes it hard to count my stitches, so I decided to engage her in her own activity area while mommy has “me time”. I set a small TV on nursery rhymes and sing them with her. I also set up a learning area just for her with noise making toys or I play nursery rhymes on a tablet. I know she is stimulated with educational distraction. That usually keeps her busy, but every baby is different. You’ll know what your baby is interested in and what keeps them occupied. Just remember, they came by their short attention span honestly!
3.Patterns and projects
It is important to have realistic pattern and project goals for different times. We all have multiple projects going at once but here’s what I do. I do not pick a project with lots of counting like a complicated motif while she’s in mommy-what-are-you-doing mode. Simple stitches are in the eye of the beholder since we are all at different skill levels, but know your limits when distractions are at hand. Never fear, that doesn’t mean you can’t crochet at all! I go to a familiar pattern I don’t have to keep referencing and its not critical if I lose count.
So, there you have a couple steps I take to still have fun crocheting with a handsy baby around, but please know that these are not fool proof, not even for me. There are times when she’s in a mood where she simply wants to be held by mommy and I just can’t resist cuddle time.