Sunday, April 06, 2008

A Weak Excuse

Linen Stitch sock cuffWhat do a partial Monkey number 2, the beginning of another sock and about 5 inches of a red raglan cropped sweater all have in common?

They all spell a weak excuse for at least two weeks worth of knitting. Sure, I started new projects despite my protestations on too many WIPs which, by the way, I totally appreciated your thoughts on getting those under control. Then I decided it was less about "too many" and more about feeling listless about the whole creative process. Starting anew has really become a symptom of my attempt to feel the rush again. It takes more and more to feel less and less and it makes me sad and somewhat disconnected from you. Will you still embrace me as one of your own, even if I don't produce?

Cropped Red Sweater
I no longer look lovingly in my overstuffed yarn closet and think, "Shawl, sweater, socks, socks, socks, coat, jacket, felted bag." I see too much yarn and too much work to get to the end result. My mojo is not just on vacation. It's in a flipping coma or something.

I was reminded very recently that bodies at rest tend to stay at rest; that they need deliberate action to get into (and stay in) motion. Sometimes, one needs to go through the motions to get moving again. I suppose that's what this knitting represents. My "going through the motions" of calculate, cast on, knit! Do I feel inspired yet? No, but I'll keep hacking away at it for now. Just a warning though: this kind of glacial pace equals goods that won't be ready until the next ice age.

Perhaps by then, Nikita will have warmed up to me interrupting his precious nap.
Can't you see I'm sleeping?  Away with you!
Away with you and your camera!

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Blogger bellamoden said...

do what works for you, friend. *hug*

4/06/2008 09:02:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

If we came solely for the product we'd have left long ago toots! Just do what feels good to you and don't be so hard on yourself!

4/06/2008 09:22:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Watch out...I find that knitting mojo comas tend to end suddenly, and one tends (ok, I tend) to be suddenly overwhelmed with inspiration and, more importantly, the need to Buy More Yarn. Be warned!

4/06/2008 09:24:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

oh yes. i go from not knowing what to make to all of a sudden having a million things i want to make! crazy. i think you should enjoy the mojo. and get more sleep. :)
that little cropped sweater looks fabulous!

4/06/2008 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Any chance you have spring fever? I feel the urge to go for walks, read books at the cafe, and get out and see people right now, rather than hole up at home knitting in front of a warm fire.

Lovely projects, as usual. And Nikita! So cute...

4/07/2008 08:02:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

I was going to tell you that as long as you gave us kitty pics we'd put up with less volume of knitting products!!!

4/07/2008 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

Lately, I've been in a space with my knitting where it's like each project is a block of ice and I've just been chipping away at it with a fork. It kinda sounds like you're in the same space. I'm sure that this will pass for the both of us and that we'll soon get our mojo back. Then it's "watch out world, here we come." :)

Nikki looks so darling and cuddly. I tend to interrupt Quincy when he's napping too. The cuteness! The cuteness begs for snuggles!

4/07/2008 02:38:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Great kitty shot - love the "look"! I have been chipping away at a 6 foot scarf for Afghans for Afghans being done on size 7 needles (WHAT WAS I THINKING???) for what seems forever. I am forcing myself to finish it -- and tonight I am going to dig through the stash and set up a bowl of balls of yarn in bright colors to inspire me to finish it so I can start something else. The blahs are everywhere.....I need something springy!

4/07/2008 02:59:00 PM  
Anonymous colleen said...

It's okay to be unfocused now and again.

Great raglan, BTW.

4/07/2008 03:49:00 PM  
Anonymous meg said...

Your public loves you, Karen! I know I'm always coming back, and am easily satisfied with kittycat pics & news that all's well with you =)

4/07/2008 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

I heard that knitting is the new yoga, so relax and enjoy all the projects your working on :-)Your kittycat is setting the example, so it seems.

4/08/2008 05:51:00 AM  
Anonymous SarahA said...

I've been feeling that, too. I solved it by moving to another craft: sewing. Now when I knit it's because I need a break and it helps me enjoy it more.

4/08/2008 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Maybe you just need a knitting break, and need to make a dye or spin instead of knit, or quilt, cross stitch something, throw some pottery, make a woodcarving, or some other crafty thing. I've been known to occasionally throw all knitting projects in a corner and cross stitch for a while instead. When I'm ready to come back to it the knitting is there and waiting patiently, and my mojo is restored in full, needles start to click with excitement again, and projects pour off their ends in happiness. ;-)

4/08/2008 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger noblinknits said...

Perhaps you need a bit of a clear out. You don't have to get rid of too mmuch but you could move it into hiding so you could focus on fewer WIPS and balls of yarn.

4/09/2008 05:23:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I get startitis, and have trouble finishing things, too. In most other areas of my life, though, I have be organized and see everything through. I can be as ADHD as I want with knitting.

Try not to be so hard on yourself.

4/16/2008 08:13:00 PM  

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