I like to take projects with me where ever I go, and UFOs are great to take. Sometimes you think you are just heading out of the house, doing some errands quickly and then heading straight home. But often there is spare time during these trips out and about, and you can use them to work on your UFOs. Here are some suggestions of where to keep UFOs for when you are on the go:
1. In Your Car
How much time do you spend in your car? Not driving, but waiting. I do the school pick up a few days a week, and am generally waiting for at least 15 minutes for DS to get to the car. This is a perfect time to do a few stitches, or of course I could play Candy Crush, but the former is much more productive! Small projects are good for this, and you can actually get a lot done in 15 mins. It adds up quickly! Joining Hexies and Yoyos are great for keeping in the car in a cute zippy bag and just picking up as needed.
2. In a Bag Ready to Take to Appointments
Yes, I have been known to make myself very comfy in the doctor’s waiting room doing embroidery or hexies! It makes for good conversation too, mostly with older ladies who think it is lovely that there are some younger people keeping up the old skills. Often I have had ladies expressing an interest in learning how to quilt or embroider and I can point them to where they can join a group. But mostly, I just like to keep my hands busy and get something done while I’m waiting, for often up to an hour. Finishing off the last fiddly bits on a UFO is easy to do in this setting.
3. In a Bag Ready to Take to a Friend’s House
Even when I go to a friend’s house for just a cuppa, I like to bring something along. I have gotten a bit of a reputation for always having something with me to stitch, and if I don’t, people wonder if I am feeling alright! It’s easier to bring some bigger projects along when you are going to a friend’s place. Hand stitching the binding on a quilt is a great project for this situation.
Yesterday I machine sewed the binding on a quilt, table topper and small wallhanging. Today I took Dad to the hospital for a follow-up checkup after his operation two weeks ago, and I brought them along with me to work on while I was waiting for him. It ended up taking all day and I got the table topper done, half of the quilt, and made a good start on the wallhanging. I was quite pleased!
Do you take projects with you just in case you have spare time?
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