Thursday, May 04, 2006

Lost: Knitting Mojo

I'm having a little trouble getting my knitting groove on. After finishing the sock pal socks, realizing that the two sweaters I had going both needed starting over, and deciding that I am not really enjoying the Pansy Jaywalkers, I sort of lost some steam. There are plenty of things that I want to knit, I just can't get excited about starting them right now. Maybe this is because everything I want to knit is going to be a relatively long-term project. The Roundabout Leaf Tank is going well, but it's not the most exciting knitting, to be honest.

Last night, I started something else -- the Trellis Scarf from the Spring 2006 IK. Hardly a quick-to-knit project, especially since this is my first time working with laceweight. I also had this romantic notion that I could be knitting this lovely scarf and visualizing wonderful "future memories" (thanks, Brenda Dayne). But, let's face it, while I'm knitting this, all I can do is count. Nonetheless, it's very pretty, and maybe by the time I get to the final 23rd center lace repeat, I will be able to think lovely thoughts whilst knitting it. Plus, it's a great Project Spectrum Green May project. (In case you were wondering, the yarn is Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Tide Pool. I swear, not all my lace scarves will be blue-green.)

Yep, my knitting mojo is MIA. I can't believe I'm saying this, but maybe I need to cast on some new socks.


Blogger Mintyfresh said...

Mojo comes and goes; you know you can't force it. Don't worry, it _will_ come back!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I find that when I lose my knitting mojo, I simply need to either a ton of knitting blogs to get inspired, OR I start flipping through a ton of pattern books and seeing all the wonderful things I could make. It also helps to buy some new yarn ;-)
But I totally understand, some days I'm just not in the mood to start something, and it's just -so much- to pick up my existing projects, so I end up doing nothing.
Hope you get your mojo back!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

I'm in major sock mode, just because I'm not ready to tackle another big project, or face all the counting on my FBS shawl. Knit socks, it'll get you going again (but, ditch the Jaywalkers if they're not doing it for you and find something fun)

4:18 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

I hate it when mojo goes awol. I agree with Lynda: socks attract mojo. But maybe not jaywalkers. Nancy Bush, definitely. I always get nervous when I finish a big project for fear my mojo will go with it. But it always comes back.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Casting on for new projects - always gets me out of my slumps!

4:56 PM  
Anonymous jillian said...

The mojo - it comes, it goes, as has been previously observed. Don't worry, it'll come back!

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been there. This too shall pass.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I seem to have mojo to spare these days - probably because I have just knit three scarves in a row. I usually can't maintain the same enthusiasm over the course of a long term project.

Maybe wacthing Austen Powers will get your mojo back? ;)

5:36 PM  
Blogger Persnickety Knitter said...

I've got the same thing going on with my knitting mojo lately -- a couple sweaters that I am totally non-psyched to work on, some jaywalkers I'm sick of, and nothing else is really calling out to me. Maybe it's spring restlessness or something. I guess I'll be looking through my books/mags tonight looking for inspiration.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Yeah, mine was MIA for a while there too. I actually went two whole days without knitting a stitch. I think sometimes if no knitting it calling you, it might be good to give yourself a little break. I came back stronger than ever and finished up two small projects. I'll send the Mojo Detective on to you . . . . so you'll have that mojo back in no time!!

6:30 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I lost my mojo a few weeks ago too - it's back - I recommend new projects, even if you end up ripping them later, sometimes a new challenge brings it all back!
And you can never have too many pairs of socks on the needles!

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anne said...

I've started that scarf, too! It's taking me forever, but stick with it. Once you get going, it starts to look really neat, even before the blocking!!

8:07 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

That's going to be a lovely scarf! I'm in a bit of a slump myself, I don't want to knit anything that is supposed to fit since my last two sweater experiences have been less than pleasant. Maybe you need a couple of quickie, easy projects to get yourself motivated again.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Hope that mojo comes back soon:)
Cruise the mall, catalogs, lys and the inspiration will come back.

1:28 AM  
Blogger knitannie said...

Must be a May thing. Maybe it's because we start all of these ambitious projects at the start of the year, with a relatively clean slate, and then by May you are a bit stressed out and not having much fun because now knitting feels like work not pleasure, when you have these projects to finish before the hot weather starts and you can't wear them. Or is it just me?

2:22 AM  
Blogger Miss Tonia said...

The same thing happened to me. Casting on socks did it for me. I'm on my 3rd pair of socks for a week and half. Not bad. I hope it returns soon for you.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Legalfrugalbabe said...

Hey, if Austin Powers could survive without his mojo, so can you! I started my first lace project recently too and sweated bullets at first, but you'll get the hang of it. You'll figure out the repeats quickly and it will be smooth sailing from there. Hang tough!

2:37 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Dude, I'm impressed as hell that you threw a 'whilst' in there ;o)

11:07 PM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

Hang in there, sister! This too shall pass. And I think your idea of casting on more socks is a good one - socks always help!

10:46 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

My knitting Mojo has been missing on and off this spring, but it has always coming. Watch your favorite dvd and cast on for a sock and knit!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Missing mojo, as so many other knitting-related issues seem to, calls for chocolate and a leisurely, aimless trip to a good yarn shop. Good luck, my dear.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

Hi from Austria! I agree with most of the commenters before me, knitting mojo comes and goes - just wait a while and take it easy, and you'll see, your knitting spirits will raise high again soon - they will come back!

3:45 AM  
Anonymous Cristina (CrissyPo) said...

I just started the Trellis Scarf and it's my first laceweight yarn project too. Definitely requires way more concentration and time. I'm not sure if I'm using pointy enough needles. Are yours working well?

7:23 PM  
Blogger Philippa said...

But blue-green is the best colour in the world! All pictures of blue-green scarves will be seen with glee by this interknitter. ;)

8:37 AM  

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