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I can distract myself a thousand different ways depending on what actually needs to get finished. Paperwork for barVino? I guess I should clean. Vacuuming and mopping on the to-do list? Then obviously I need to organize the kitchen pantry instead. Piles of laundry to iron? Definitely time to start test baking desserts for the restaurant.  Need to get back to writing for Sauced in New York? Perhaps I should catch-up on House of Cards.

But I’ve become more ingenious with my procrastination recently. Well, perhaps ingenious is a bit of an overstatement. I’ve simply found new ways of putting off what needs to get done by reprioritizing in a way that feels absolutely justified. The truth is though, I’ve become a bit obsessed with knitting.

I know: how trendy of me.  I’m not writing that facetiously. The NY Times had an article entitled I’m hip, I’m young, I knit.  Granted, that article was written in 2005 so I am a bit late in catching up.  Last April when I broke my foot and was laid up in my apartment (a forced vacation is not actually as fun as it might sound), my friend Sarah brought over some yarn and an intro to knitting book. I had knitted a bit years and years ago, but hadn’t really thought about it in a long time. My mother is very talented as is her sister Kate. I’m mediocre with delusions of grandeur.

But there is something deeply satisfying about taking a ball of yarn and turning it into something. While right now those somethings aren’t quite uniformly beautiful or perfectly useful and happen to all be a form of a scarf, it is still quite fulfilling to create with your hands. And it eases my guilt for sitting down and binging on House of Cards if I have some yarn and knitting needles in my hands.

How about you? What are your favorite ways to procrastinate? Not that I’m soliciting suggestions for myself to use in the future . . .


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