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Old 03-01-2006, 08:51 AM   #11
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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!
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Old 03-01-2006, 09:12 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by countingsheep
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!
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Old 03-01-2006, 09:35 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
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. :-)
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Old 03-01-2006, 09:44 AM   #14
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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.
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Old 03-01-2006, 10:55 AM   #15
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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!!
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:23 AM   #16
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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.
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:26 AM   #17
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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?
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Old 03-01-2006, 02:46 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
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?
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Old 03-01-2006, 02:48 PM   #19
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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
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Old 03-01-2006, 03:27 PM   #20
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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...
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