Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Has anyone seen my knitting mojo?

I just don't know what is wrong with me. After all the years of dedicated knitting, I've suddenly lost my mojo. In the past, there have been dry spells in the sock knitting department or times when sweaters just couldn't seem to get my creative juices flowing. I've been obsessed with one pattern (remember the Christmas 2006 slipperfest - 13 pairs for Pete's sake) for weeks on ends. I've had periods with 3 to 4 pairs of socks on the needles at once.

While I still fawn over Dickinson and fondle the completed back on a regular basis, I can't seem to find the motivation to continue knitting up the front. The complexities of the Diamond Motif Sweater still has me intrigued and the back was finished a little while back and the front is on the needles, it's not enough to keep me settled in and knitting for any length of time. And don't even get me started about the Red Dwarf socks that have been on the needles since our vacation in August. Thrummed mittens pair #4 sit in the bag in the car, lost and alone, while the companion balaclava is wondering why it's been abandoned.

I don't know if it is the change in temperature in Minnesota or the gloomy, rainy weather that seems to dominate this time of year. Or could it be the frantic pace our lives seem to be racing along, with no sign of relief in the near future. Perhaps it is the percolating of the long lost quilting mojo attempting to re-assert it's dominance in my heart.

I'm not sure why my motivation has departed but if you happen to see a rather forlorn little knitting mojo wandering around the neighborhood, would you please send it home? I really miss it.

8 comments:

trek said...

It will come home again!

livnletlrn said...

Oh, please. I think your mojo is just taking a breather. It knows November 1 is right around the corner, and where there's November, there are thoughts of gift knitting. No doubt in my mind it'll come rushing back, full steam ahead!

Guinifer said...

It's the gray skies and the rain!! The rain, the rain - please STOP THE RAIN! Arrrgh.

Rani said...

It's called mitten-thrumming burn out!

Totally normal. You'll be back, I just KNOW it!! Take the time you have NOT knitting and run with it. If it were me, I'd actually do my laundry and wash some dishes. . .

GailV said...

I've lost my knitting mojo for years at a time. And I've come to realize there isn't going to be a surprise quiz at the end of my life asking how many knitted items I've completed, so if I take a few months off that's okay.

On the other hand, I think Rani has a point about the thrums.

Jill said...

I've always had craft seasons. I go 3-4 years totaly devoted to one craft then it goes away and another takes it place. Knitting seems to be the long term one but. A couple years ago I came off of quilting and got back to knitting. Before that was machine knitting, stained glass... the list goes on. You may just need to find another craft for a little bit and knitting will come back.

Sheepish Annie said...

Your mojo is probably sunning itself on a beach somewhere with mine. Let's put out some posters with their pictures on it and see if we can't generate some leads!

I'd sort of like to join them on that beach...

RandomRanter said...

Maybe you just need more yarn! Or, as others said, your mojo just needed a little break.