An inspiring personal essay by Nicole Knutsen of Naturally Nora Crochet
I wake at 6:30am and sneak over to my office (the corner of the couch under the wall lamp) to spend some time with my work: writing a blog post, editing photos, and producing a new crochet pattern. I have made a commitment to my family not to do my computer work while they are awake, so I must have the discipline to be quicker than them, than the sun, at the draw each morning. As I round the corner, I hear a door knob rattle, a little hand trying to grasp and turn. The door opens slyly, just a crack into the dim room. Two blue eyes, sparkling mischief, peek out at me.
My work day just ended before it even started.
Plan B. I grab his basket of trains and my basket of yarn to settle in for a few early morning moments of creative time while my son plays on the floor in front of me. We often yarn play and independent play side by side, talking, laughing, redirecting, instructing, answering, encouraging as needed.
As I begin my first stitches and reach for my notebook, I hear the play stop and the feet patter. Two blue eyes, puppy-dog please, peek out at me…“will you build trains with me mama?
A few minutes into track construction, The Sisters Bedhead emerge from their room.
Now my work day is really over. And today's to-do list is long. Like War and Peace, Allman Brothers jam session, Pride and Prejudice miniseries long. That familiar phrase mornings like these runs through my mind like a questionably benevolent sprite, dancing an ironic little jig while it points at me and laughs.
I used to think of mornings like these as a choice between my craft and my children, but I have recently realized that there is no real choice to be made.
My business growth may be stunted, but my children will grow well.
My writing may have careless errors, but my many errors in parenting will not be due to carelessness.
My yarn may sit neglected, but my children will not.
If your heart is primed for it, you will see the signs of our creative community in the middle of this tug-of-war: mothers experimenting with the proportions of time to make our things parallel to time to raise our young. We are perfecting a secret recipe, hopeful to develop an heirloom dish ready for handing down to the next generation for when it’s their turn to cook up this family life feast.
I don’t pretend to have my secret recipe perfected. However, I am a firm believer that this handmade life can enhance motherhood, and vice versa.
When I use my God-given creative impulse, work it until it submits, force a design into life, I am modeling for my children to honor, respect, and make time for those talents they have been blessed with. xx
Nicole is a blogger and maker creating beautiful modern crochet for the old-fashioned crafter. Her love for the maker life includes crochet, yarn, wooden buttons, pattern writing, design, color, neutrals and cottage businesses. She holds tight to her faith, adores being the smitten wife of a church-employed wood worker, and their three sweet children.
Born, raised and currently residing in Orange County, California (she learned crochet from her grandmother), Nicole enjoys her life as a public school teacher combined with balancing motherhood and her quiet time to of course make all the beautiful things. Connect with Nicole on her blog Naturally Nora Crochet and support her maker life on Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry.
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