I don’t know if it’s the weather, work, or what, but I just cannot seem to settle on anything these days. I love all the projects on my needles, but for some reason don’t really feel like knitting on any of them. I’m restless. It hits me every year around this time, so maybe it’s a hold-over from my (long ago) days in elementary school, when the beginning of July meant the beginning of freedom and now means, well, nothing (not true: July 1 is Canada Day and that means quite a lot, but you know what I mean).
Sigh. The thing about being restless with my knitting is that even when I don’t want to work on what’s right in front of me, I still want to knit, so I go on Ravelry and read blogs and get all revved up and buy yarn. Being restless can be expensive, is what I’m saying.
It’s that Cousteau that’s calling my name (it wants to be a shawl and it wants it now!). It’s saying that I finished that little dress and finishing means getting to cast on something new, but I’m going to ignore its siren song and plow ahead with Kit. I’m about a third of the way through the body and it’s the perfect weather to wear it and, truth be told, the mindless knitting of the body suits my mood.
Of course, it took three inches of plain sock knitting to realize that, but these were already on the needles from a time when I needed plain, plain knitting, so they’re fair game I think. Plus, I miss working on socks. I can’t seem to settle myself enough to actually spend time on them, but I can feel that magic coming back, so I’m going to give it a little time. Maybe once Kit is finished?
The main thing, when I hit these sorts of doldrums (holy nautical metaphors in this post – sorry) is just to keep knitting. Eventually I’ll re-find the spark that got me into the project in the first place, so it’s just a question of stitch following stitch until that happens. It isn’t as if the knitting isn’t enjoyable; even less than riveting knitting is still soothing.
I knit a shawl in Admiral Benbow a couple weeks ago. It’s really fun to work with!
Oooh. I bet it’s gorgeous! Did you post photos? I’m dying to see how it knits up!
Your yarn purchases are beautiful, none the less! Love them ALL! I think we all have those doldrum moments. I find the best thing is to do something else (eg baking, housework, whatever) and before you know it, the knitting is looking very alluring!
Nice stash !
I think we all go through those phases once in a while. Sometimes I have a million things on the needles and I don’t feel like working on any of them. So I cast on another, and then I am bored with that. It is a strange occurrence, isn’t it? I have to say, while it may be expensive, those are some seriously beautiful purchases!
That’s my usual technique too, but then, as you say, that project languishes on the needles and I feel a little guilty about it.
I’m with Andi – they’re some gorgeous yarns you have at the top of the post!
We’re not helping with you desire to cast on that Cousteau are we?
Kit is coming out beautiful and you’re right – it’s the perfect time of the year for it. Knit on!
Well, at least you aren’t throwing out pattern suggestions 😉
Yes, being restless can be expensive. Looks like you make pretty choices when restless though. Keep going with the Kit! I think I’m about 9 inches in now. I want to be in love with socks again because I have SO MUCH SOCK YARN that I love. One of these days….
I’m just about to join the third skein for Kit, two rows into the border at the top of the back. I feel so close now, but I know there’s a lot of slow linen stitch left to knit.
Yep. That linen stitch moves like molasses in comparison.