Excuses, excuses

Every morning I wake up and think about how I’m going to “fill the tank,” and I swear I’m going to do it. Today I woke up at 6:30 with plans to exercise first. Fast forward to 7:43 and I’m still sitting here on the couch with coffee and the morning news.

I’m told it’s a good idea to be mindful of filling the tank each day when I wake up. Filling the tank is a strategy to fend off depression, maintain sobriety, be healthy in general. It involves doing actual things like eating breakfast, exercising, finding a support group. If you don’t take care of the proverbial car, it will run out of gas.

I finished knitting my belt, which I think will also make a nice head wrap, leg bandana and neck up. As I sat there knitting, I wondered: is this just another thing I can use as an excuse not to exercise?

Then I deleted 200 photos from my phone, uploaded knitting pics, and started typing a blog post…

Productive? Or procrastinating? You decide.

Note to self: Knitting to avoid exercise is not a tank-filling activity. Keep it straight.






  1. Commuter Knits · January 30, 2016

    If you enjoy it, it’s productive. Fact!


    • Beth Johnson · January 31, 2016

      If there is one thing I’ve learned, it is not to argue with facts. Woohoo!!


  2. Twilight Storm Crafts · January 31, 2016

    You reminded me with your cat picture. You can knit a little square, stuff it with fiberfill, add a little crinkle plastic like the plastic window on an envelope, or a safety seal if it’s not stiff and pokey. (envelope is best I’ve found) put a little catnip inside and practice mattress stitch to seam up your rectangle or square. Instant cat toy. (cats are a little less picky about how cool they look using handmade knitted objects!) Maybe you could practice stockinette stitch (knit on front, purl on back) for a kitty toy? Just make sure he can’t pull the plastic out of any holes if you use the crinkle.


    • Beth Johnson · January 31, 2016

      Stockinette stitch? I will look it up. Also, I keep hearing people talk about the “front” and “back” of the work. So, like, one side of my washclarf will look different than the other…on purpose?


      • Twilight Storm Crafts · February 4, 2016

        exactly, once you purl (it’s easy just do it!) the front of the knitting will look like v’s and the back (purl side) will kind of look like -‘s (dashes/bumps) once you can knit and purl it opens up gobs of patterns you can make. One blogger/youtuber that helped me a lot was iknitwithcatfur (screen name on youtube) She made a ton of videos both newbie and advanced.


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