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JessicaR
03-01-2006, 01:22 AM
Even though the fear of being cast aside and run out of KH with torches is intense, I just had to come out with it. I think *gulp* I lost my desire knit! :shock: I don't know why, I just have. I feverishly worked two days straight to get that dog sweater done and now I just don't have the energy or interest to pick my needles back up and start again. Maybe I just need a break, pray that's all it is! Gasp! And my stitch and bitch group is tomorrow night. Maybe they won't notice if I casually set down a project and finish the night with coffee and conversation. I'll be the laughing stock of the group if anyone finds out my deep, dark secret.

JessicaR
03-01-2006, 02:16 AM
Ok, 18 views and no comments. I'm being shunned, black listed. My days at KH are numbered.

momwolf
03-01-2006, 02:53 AM
Funny :roflhard: you should bring this up,after trying to learn to knit two socks on two circulars I feel the same way.You're probably just burnt out like you said.I'm taking a day off from knitting.You went for 2 days straight? No wonder you're burnt out. 48 hour of knitting would do that to anyone :shock: Hang in there :thumbsup: and after your stitch and bitch you'll probably run to your nearest yarn store :D You probably just have knitters block :wall: Hope this helps

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03-01-2006, 02:59 AM
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Jan in CA
03-01-2006, 03:14 AM
Ok, 18 views and no comments. I'm being shunned, black listed. My days at KH are numbered.

:fingerwag: Don't be silly! ;)

I don't think it matters what your hobby, there are times when you just need a break. So take one, but come in here and see what people are knitting and read some posts. Before long you'll find you just have to give something a try and you'll be back to knittin'! :heart:

countingsheep
03-01-2006, 07:33 AM
:shock: Even though the fear of being cast aside and run out of KH with torches is intense, I just had to come out with it. Oh, Jessica, I just had a "Young Frankenstein" flash!

Now, do not be silly! I cannot speak for anyone else but... I have done this before. I worked forever on a stunning throw for a college graduation gift for a very dear friend. I had known this child since she was 12 yrs old and her going to college was huge - never mind graduating with honors! I was so proud of that work and waited anxiously for some response and.... nothing. For MONTHS I heard nothing. At that point, I put away my needles and packed all of my yarn stash into my cedar chest. I was hurt and angry and feeling like, "why bother". It took a while but one day... I was ready to knit again.

It's OK to take a break! Plus... let's be honest here, burning torches and knitting do not go together! Do you honestly think anyone here would risk their WIP? Now pitchforks are a different story but I wouldn't worry too much about the torches! ;)

Just relax! Angela

blueeyes28
03-01-2006, 07:45 AM
I have felt that same way very recently but now I am going crazy again with two wip's and more yarn on the way for socks now my dillema is I just bought The Knitters Bible and I can't wait to try every thing!! :X: :shock:

Ronda
03-01-2006, 07:47 AM
Being a newbie knitter, I cannot possibly understand how you feel. I have a ton of projects lined up, and I practically drool as I look at everything everyone has done here. The thought has crossed my mind, however, that some day I might not knit EVERY day. Maybe I'll cross stitch something or maybe I'll try something new or maybe, just maybe, I will not do anything at all. (gasp) Just about a week ago, I went 5 whole days without knitting. I was trying DPN (with only 2 stitches on each needle and using 5 needles) for the first time. I got frustrated and just could not bring myself to try again. Five days later I picked up my knitting and everything worked out really well! I'm way past the 5 DPN crisis now!

Anyway, I hope you work through your funk, no matter what the outcome. :)

Celine
03-01-2006, 08:10 AM
That has happned to me too! I was knitting pairs of socks one right after the other :XX: :XX: :XX: then I was DONE with knitting :rollseyes: for two whole days!! Now I'm right back into it again. I think a "break" is needed at times. Your normal!! :roflhard:

Angelia
03-01-2006, 08:24 AM
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:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Seriously, it's happened to me, too. And I agree with the others: it sounds like you just need a break, that's all.

Go to your SnB group, of course, and who knows--you may get inspired! If not, that's okay, too. The yearning will return! ;)

Ingrid
03-01-2006, 08:51 AM
Well, it WAS 12:22 am when you posted that! There have been literally years between my knitting binges. This one is different, though, because I have much more of an interest in learning more about different yarns and techniques and such. It seems to fill an need in me. Will it change? Anything's possible.

Don't feel guilty or 'wrong' because you don't feel like knitting! It's knitting, for goodness sake!

ella
03-01-2006, 09:12 AM
Plus... let's be honest here, burning torches and knitting do not go together! Do you honestly think anyone here would risk their WIP? Now pitchforks are a different story but I wouldn't worry too much about the torches!

Hey I wouldn't even worry about the pitchforks! Before you know it, someone will figure out how to string yarn from them and then there will be a thread on "Cool things you can knit with pitchforks" and the pitchfork carriers will be too busy to come after you :D

Seriously, we all get burned out, especially after a knitting marathon. Relax, the yarn will call to you again, never fear!

knitncook
03-01-2006, 09:35 AM
Well, it WAS 12:22 am when you posted that! There have been literally years between my knitting binges. This one is different, though, because I have much more of an interest in learning more about different yarns and techniques and such. It seems to fill an need in me. Will it change? Anything's possible.

Yes! I went 7 years (yes; SEVEN YEARS) without knitting because I didn't find the creativity in it. A few years ago I started seeing some really cool alternative knitting things. Not your basic sweaters and afghans and I started venturing into not following the pattern - allowing my creative side to take over the yarn and needles. Now I can't imagine not knitting as I am forever finding new things that interest me. Perhaps it isn't the knitting that has lost its spark but what you are knitting. :-)

karmamonkey
03-01-2006, 09:44 AM
I am a newbie knitter also, so I haven't had a time yet where I have not wanted to knit. But I do agree, you probably just need a break.

Knitting isn't my only hobby ~ I also love to draw & work on computer graphics, two things I love to do but I am not currently working on either of them because I need a break from it.

I think that knitting is also a creative hobby, if your creative side isn't in it, then it's hard to work with it. :)

margie
03-01-2006, 10:55 AM
I am in a bit of a knitting lull right now- I went through a time when I was knitting every spare moment that I had- but now, I'm not quite as inspired. I think that stress plays a big part of it for me- although I find knitting relaxing, when I have a lot on my mind I find that I don't have the patience to sit down and concentrate on anything- and I'm going through a particularly stressful time at the moment. I have a fish that I started knitting for my son ages ago, and I haven't picked it up in days and days. I'm also knitting a hat for him, which should only take a couple of hours- once I sit down and do it!! I'm sure that you will find yourself ready to knit again in time. Maybe browsing patterns and yarns for some small, somewhat instant-gratification projects would be fun. No pressure!!

quirky
03-01-2006, 11:23 AM
Every artist has to take some down time away from their craft.
Burn out is a big problem in any artistic discipline.
Ever wonder why artists (sculpters and painters) turn out "series" of works? Its because they can safely worth within the confines of one idea without feeling unproductive.
Taking a break is really a good idea if your craft just isnt sparkeling for you. Fresh eyes, fresh ideas and perspective can only serve to improve your work in the long run.

Dont get bogged down in feeling bad about not knitting - that will only make you feel worse and keep you stuck in no-knit land.

Enjoy your break! How about trying something new that supports knitting? Ever want to learn to spin or dye your own wool? Trying these out while you wait for your knitting inspiration to come back just might stimulate you in ways that following the same old patterns never could.

cheesiesmom
03-01-2006, 11:26 AM
I had a 20 year hiatus. Even now I don't feel compelled to knit every waking moment (Although I don't have enough time in the day to do everything I want to do.) This is supposed to be enjoyable.

If you hang out at enough yarn shops, flip through enough knitting mags and catalogs, you'll soon be inspired to pick up those needles again. It's hard to kick an addiction.

And who needs pitchforks with 14" steel needles?

JessicaR
03-01-2006, 02:46 PM
Well, it WAS 12:22 am when you posted that!

And you weren't up!? We're night owls over here.

I think it's the weather change, it's going to be 60 today! I find it hard to work on something warm and cozy when it's warm outside. And the stress of not being able to find a house. I'm about to start knocking on doors and asking if they are planning on selling or dying soon. How bad is that?

samm
03-01-2006, 02:48 PM
Don't worry. I have the same happen occasionally. I think I just need a change of pace when that happens, or a rest, maybe? The urge returns and off I go, happily knitting. Unfortunately, I NEVER lose my desire for more patterns and yarn! ;) Hang in there. You'll be okay. samm

dustinac
03-01-2006, 03:27 PM
:lol: don't worry it will come back after Christmas I felt this way too and really didn't do much till the past 2wks or so... I attended a class for a block of the month and did that in Jan kinda got me back into it... :thumbsup:

JessicaR
03-02-2006, 12:48 AM
I did nothing but talk and listen at SNB tonight, it wasn't so bad :)

amy
03-02-2006, 01:21 AM
:roflhard: This thread cracks me up. pitchforks! y'all are too much. :roflhard:

I find that the biggest thing that keeps me from my needles is when I go through periods when I don't want to think or plan a project. I won't pick anything up, because I just don't want to think about it!

Well, I don't worry about it if I go for a stretch without knitting (yes it does happen!). But I do find it frustrating to not have anything on the needles when I just want to sit down and not think and just knit. So that's when it's time to work on something repetitive, or random in pattern, where I don't need to think or plan it at all.

One project which I think I saw in a knitting book once, which is so cool, is to keep a basket of random yarn leftovers and a set of needles by your couch, and just cast on for a simple scarf, then forget about it. In the book, the project was actually something you leave set out for guests to tinker on, a few rows here, a few inches there, changing colors and stitch patterns on a whim; and you can even teach people to knit on it, which ads to the playful irregularity and specialness of it! It's a great way to use up scraps, play with new stitch patterns, or just zone out and do some garter stitch when you feel like knitting a bit. You just make this random, wonky scarf, and the less you worry about color coordination, regularity, perfection, etc, the cooler it will come out! If a scarf is over too fast for you, make a bunch of them and turn it into an afghan!

Angelia
03-02-2006, 09:56 AM
I did nothing but talk and listen at SNB tonight, it wasn't so bad :)

Yay!! :cheering: :cheering:

Amy's suggestion about knitting something random is a great one! I keep a little mindless project around for times when I just want to play with a pattern or with cables, or when I want to do something that doesn't require counting stitches or staying in a pattern. I've practiced cables on this thing, and I've done other stuff as well. It's about a foot and a half long now (only 30 stitches wide!) and looks really bizarre, but I love it because it's totally mindless and it has no specific purpose, no deadline (real or imagined), and no gauge. This for-play piece will not become anything later, though, mainly because I don't want it to! That might stress me out and undercut its very purpose.

Jan in CA
03-02-2006, 01:25 PM
I love that idea, Amy! My mind is already thinking about what to put in the basket! :happydance:

Pixywhispers
03-02-2006, 01:35 PM
Oh Jessica! Have you been reading my diary! I few weeks ago when I attempted some very easy lace and majorly screwed it up, rip, rip , rip, etc. I cried for two days. I even told DH "I"m never knitting again, I cant have a life and knit." I had pressure from trying to challenge myself with the KO. I started some mindless projects, but heck I screwed those up too. Rooky mistakes. So I am taking a break. I'm still yarn shopping, ha! So I know Ill pick the needles back up soon. And my mom who has never asked me to knit anything asked me to knit her a booga. So know your in good company. Good luck at snb. I will say its been good for me, cause I'm refocusing on somethings that I hadn't been able to do. :)

JessicaR
03-02-2006, 07:26 PM
I think maybe I'll just take this down time to learn some new stitches, I found my 32 stitch book. Or watch Amy's video and learn the star. I'm home sick today, maybe it's a good day to expand my knitting knowledge. If I don't fall back asleep.