There are times that I expect too much of my knitting.
I’m sure you, dear reader, can totally relate.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with project monogamy, a rather foreign concept in my world. Normally I have a sweater on the needles, sure, but I’m also working on some socks, and a hat, and a shawl, and a charity project. But this sweater has become all consuming to the point that I was not just project monogamous, but made knitting my only pastime.
It all came to a head on Friday. Thursday night I attached the fronts to the back of my sweater and picked up for the hood. The very next morning I woke up with a desperate need to knit something else. Anything else. A hat, I thought. Or maybe a shawl. Definitely not the movie socks I have in reserve. The only problem was that I had about thirty minutes to get to my bus and no time to wind yarn or pick out a pattern. So I did what any logical knitter would do. I grabbed a few skeins that I did have wound and shoved them into a project bag with a small assortment of needles.
I cast on and ripped out a few things before deciding that I had no taste at all. The patterns in my library were disappointing and the yarn I brought was less than satisfying. Nothing appealed to my color sense or to my ideas of what I wanted to create. I hated everything. I finally started a hat, but I’m still debating ripping it out. But the point here is that I lost it. This love and passion that we have for our craft. I lost it only for a day, but it was enough. That’s when I realized that we as knitters have interest in other creative pursuits for a reason. We need them to keep ourselves in balance. Just as I need knitting to keep myself from gnawing off my own arm when told I have to sit in a waiting room or on a bus, I need other creative endeavors to keep myself from falling into a knitting funk.
So I worked on some cross-stitch, and a little bit of spinning, and it did not take long for me to reach for that sweater again. This last piece is a slog. It’s got a gorgeous giant cozy hood, and it’s going to take me a while to finish it. But in the meantime I’ll take breaks and work on my clouds. Keep myself in a bit of balance.