Thursday, February 28, 2013

Keeping Busy

By Jeannie Watt

Jim Rockford and I have been spending a lot of time sewing together lately. I enjoy his company.

I've always listened to TV while I sew and for a long time I thought I hated to do things without the TV on. After moving to our off-the-grid home, where we schedule our TV watching around having the power on or off, I discovered that it's actually the opposite--I hate to watch TV without doing something. I stockpile handwork to keep me busy while I watch--hand sewing, crocheting, knitting. I can't do handwork during depressing shows, because I associate whatever I'm watching with the finished product and who wants to think dour thoughts while wearing something they've made?  Since I can't do handwork during depressing shows, I don't watch them. I think this has given me a cheerier outlook on life--something one needs when teaching junior high school.

I made my daughter a large single crochet afghan after she graduated college. It took me over a year to finish it and when I mailed it to her, I included a note that said, "There are hours of So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, Project Runway and Justified in this blanket." And there were--single crochet is not a speedy process when one is making a blanket.

After the year-long afghan was done, I had nothing to do because none of my sewing projects involved hand sewing, and watching TV with idle hands wasn't working. I missed my crochet hook. Therefore I had to buy eighty dollars worth of yarn and make a two-year afghan. Ah, the shows I watched during that one...

Do you need to do something while you watch TV? Or are you like my husband and happy to just kick back and focus only on the action on the screen?




12 comments:

Mary Preston said...

If it's something I have not seen before I want to concentrate, but otherwise I'm happy to do some craft work.

mary sullivan said...

Jeannie, I'm so impressed that you made a single-crochet afghan! No wonder it took you a year. It's funny, I gave up my TV service in September and since then I've gotten so much knitting and sewing done! I listen to music while I'm working. Sounds like our processes are very different LOL

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

When I watch the shows I recorded, I watch them. If I am watching a ball game on TV - I will sometimes cut coupons.

Anonymous said...

From MarcieR

I actually write with the TV on. If I'm between thoughts I watch what's on screen and it usually helps me gather the next thought. There are some shows that require kicking back and watching though. Like my new fave "Bunheads".

Kristina Mathews said...

I usually read when watching TV. Unless it's one of the shows my husband and I watch together. Then I try to talk to him.

I can't read during exciting baseball or football games, so I sometimes play solitare on my computer to keep from getting too involved in the games. I've also discovered interacting on Twitter during the games. It's kind of like being in one global sports bar. Without the second hand smoke.

Rogenna Brewer said...

I like to read during commercials, but otherwise watch my shows.

When I clip coupons I like to do it in front of the TV while watching reruns or something I'm not that involved in.

Kaelee said...

I don't watch much TV nowadays and I don't knit or crochet much anymore. I think the two are related. About the only craft project that I didn't do while watching TV was one that involved sewing a lot of sequins onto felt for Christmas ornaments. I just listened to music while I was working on that project.

My Italian grandma always had her fingers busy when she watched TV so I come by the habit honestly.

Snookie said...

I don't watch TV, though sometimes if DH is watching the news or the kids are over and watching something, I'll occasionally watch for a few minutes with them. Otherewise, I'd rather read and if I'm reading whats the point of watching something!

Linda Henderson said...

I usually read on do things on the computer while I'm watching tv. I very seldom ever just sit and watch it without doing something.

linda s said...

I don't watch TV but dh has it on a lot and I hear a lot of TV. So I would say I listen to TV with my back to it while doing something else.

Joan Kilby said...

I wish I could knit or crochet while watching TV but I'm not that good a knitter. I have to look at what I'm doing or I'll end up with three arms or no neck hole. But I agree, unless it's a really good program I kind of feel like I'm wasting time. I'd rather be reading!

Pamela Hearon said...

I do something else while the TV is on, uless it's a show that requires an eye on the screen at all times (Damages, The News Room, Game of Thrones). Usually my computer is on my lap, and I try to catch up with emails, FB, and such, as every spare minute lately has been used to work on my wip.

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