Something strange happened to me last night. I sat down in front of the TV, ready to catch up on a couple of programmes and I didn’t pick up my knitting. It would have been my favourite kind of knitting scenario but I just couldn’t be bothered. Imagine that!
For the last two weeks I have been knitting a jumper for a fashion student and working on a couple of pattersn for the Knitting and Crochet Guild. I am now staring down the barrel of some new designs which all need some serious swatching to make them work.
I seem to have arrived at a point where knitting has become a chore. It is a reaction to something that needs to be done rather than a source of joy and comfort. I have plenty of my own projects that I could be getting on with, but I just can’t seem to tap into my knitting mojo. Not even the idea of casting on a new project has any appeal and that usually gets my yarnie pulse racing.
So what to do? I think part of the problem is, that if I knit during my working day it feels like I am skiving – it doesn’t really feel like work. But it is, it really is. I just have to persuade myself that it is.
My big decision this week is to only knit things I want to in the evening, to create that division between work and play. Looking at my work schedule over the coming weeks it’s not going to be easy but I really want to get back to my happy place.