Occasionally there are times when I look at my yarn, needles, and hooks and don’t know what to do with them, when they are uninspiring to me, when I pick out a yarn and use it to start a project, only to rip it back out again after a night, or a week of working on it, to start another project with the same yarn and rip it out again. For the past few weeks this funk has hung over me; my yarn is not singing as it normally does. The yarns I loved so much in the store, when I squished my fingers into their lovely fiberyness, when I drank in their vibrant and varied hues, are silent. And I don’t know why. I can’t even bring myself to block the projects that I’ve finished knitting and crocheting. Currently there’s a sweater, a skirt, and a shawl that need blocking. A pair of fingerless mitts that’s two fingers and 10 buttons away from being ready for blocking, a pair of socks that’s half a sock from being off the needles, and a stool that’s two sides, some seaming and stuffing away from being blocked. And I can’t find it in me to finish them. There are sketches in my notebook of future projects, with yarn picked out, waiting to be swatched. I’ve pulled yarns from my stash and played with them, all to nothing. No projects are singing to me.
In an attempt to help me through this knitter’s block, I took a stroll through Ravelry, and these are some of the pieces that did speak to me. Whether they ever get knit or crochet still remains unseen.
Do you ever feel stuck or unmoved by your yarn or projects? What do you do to get over it?