Sunday, June 14, 2009

Knitting doldrums.

What do you do when something isn't fun anymore?

I've had a prolonged bout of knitting doldrums that started right after Stitches South in April. The show was inspiring and overwhelming at the same time. So many yarns. So many designers. So many opportunities.

I left feeling somewhat inadequate.

I cast on a sweater coat. And ripped it apart after I'd knitted 12 inches. Boring.

I thought about a new design for a felted handbag, something I've thoroughly enjoyed in the past. Nada.

I tried a new knitting technique for socks. Sigh.

What the heck?

Then the synergy of Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day, a stormy evening, and a clean house led me to noodling in my yarn stash. I am too restless to sit still and watch a movie, so I decided to give knitting another chance.

I played with some lovely pink German yarn I found at an estate sale more than three years ago. It said "shawl" to me, so I adapted the traditional candle flame lace pattern and will add an edge pattern that frames it perfectly. I'm back in the knitting game again!

It's hard when something you've enjoyed so much stops giving the same sense of pleasure. I even thought maybe knitting would no longer be the linchpin it has served for so long.

I guess I just needed a break, to not take it for granted, and to focus on the pleasure of the process rather than just the results.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for a great site, one of the most exciting ones I have visited in quite a while.

    I understand about the doldrums......coming out of one myself now.

    Have knitted for 50 years, and every time I need my "medicine" I go running to my knitting to round out my day.

    Got some new knitting books and picking this stitch or that project, I found 42 patterns or stitches in a row from diff.books were wrong. I have not knitted in a year now and found I truly needed to get some accurate pattern books. Found some at a garage sale a few weeks ago and tediously checked every pattern I wanted to do on the web.
    They all look perfect and not misprinted or miswritten.

    Started knitting last week and is going smooth!
    I found my excitement again.


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