My name is Savvy and I have ADCD (Attention Deficit Craft Disorder). Does anyone else have a problem with project focus? I’m pretty sure I have never once started and completed a single project without first starting another five in the process. Currently I am knitting a cowl scarf, knitting a steering wheel cover, crocheting a number of amigurumi, writing patterns for new amigurumi creations, and drawing up plans for several more amigurumi. I just finished designing a poster for a summer English camp. Since I am the art instructor for the camp, I have been spending time coming up with activity ideas and gathering supplies to try them out. Also I’ve recently become much more invested in healthy cooking. Maybe it doesn’t count as another project, but I do get distracted for hours saving recipes.
I’m not sure if I work this way because I get bored from working on individual projects, or if it’s simply easier for me to start working on them instead of writing down the idea and hoping I understand it later. Most likely it’s a combination of the two. I’ve been known to leave a project unfinished for months, work on several more in the mean time, until finally I want to work on it again. The last few months have been really creatively interesting for me. I got a huge burst of creativity and was inspired to start a ridiculous number of projects, mostly amigurumi. What’s new though is this time I’ve been almost consistently inspired and coming up with new projects for nearly two months!
Lately I find myself wishing I had Hermione’s time turner. Then I could work through the night on all my projects and repeat a few hours to sleep. Most weeknights and weekends are mini battles between projects and things I actually need to do. It’s deciding between knitting, cleaning, crocheting, reading, cooking, showering, grocery shopping, and hanging out with friends. In the end whatever seems most pressing usually wins.
My dad always told me that the hardest part of life was having to decide between two or more good choices. In my limited experience that’s 100% true. My inability to stick to one thing extends past the crafting world. I admire people who knew what they wanted to be from a young age. At some point I know I’ll have to actually choose something so I can work towards that goal, but since I have so many interests I keep trying to find a solution that will let me do a little bit of everything I love.
No matter how many inspiring speeches and quotes I hear, I still am no closer to my next move. Quotes about pursuing your dreams really only help when you have just one clear passion you’ve been too afraid to jump into. True to my spirit animal, the jellyfish, I’m more about going with the flow and seeing where it takes me. For now I’m enjoying living in Japan and the freedom to work on whatever side projects strike my fancy. Hopefully one of the projects pictured above will be complete soon so I can show you!