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Topic: SO uninspired to knit- what's the matter with me??  (Read 996 times)
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« on: October 22, 2007 05:15:29 PM »

Okay so i don't know what my problem is.  I have multiple projects going and i love knitting i just feel like doing it is such a chore.  Once  I pick it up i'm fine but , i don't know, i just can't get into it.  I want to try to take a break and get back into it but i have christmas presents that need to be finished. Does anyone have any advice they can give me to keep me going till after i'm done with the presents? Huh Undecided Any suggetions are welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2007 06:07:47 PM »

I know what you mean.  I go through this from time to time.  Maybe it's the time of year, I don't know.  I also love the knitting but procastinate actually doing it.  Instead I'm reading about it, looking at it, etc.  Sometimes I switch and crochet something quick and easy.  I wish I knew how to break the funk  Undecided
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2007 06:43:32 PM »

I think no matter what the craft we all go thru that time to time......I have found that by taking a break from one craft & doing another (like Miss Knitty pants said) helps!!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2007 06:53:39 PM »

I feel like I'm beating the proverbial dead horse here, but I do the same as the others.  Right now, I tend to have 3 projects going-one that is road friendly, one more advanced, and one cross stitch project.  I also tend to set goals (I have a sweater I'm making for my niece that is annoying me so I have to make one piece every day to get it done).  This way I have the feeling of accomplishment.  Take a break for a day or two and see how you feel.  It will be easier to pick it back up again if you miss it rather than if its a chore.
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2007 08:42:24 PM »

I have this really strong belief that with any kind of hobby or pastime, you should really avoid "pushing" yourself to do it when you are reluctant for any reason (unless it's something temporary like getting though a patch of boring stocking stitch on a pattern), because your mind will just start to categorize the activity as a chore, and you will feel less and less motivated. Why not just give yourself a real break? Before you know, you'll be wanting to do it again.

And as for the presents? Is there a particular reason why you have to give these as Xmas presents this year? If not, maybe you could just shelve them and finish them for next year, or as birthday presents later on. I don't think it's worth spoiling an enjoyable hobby for.
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2007 09:36:20 PM »

When I get in a slump, I try something new to me or make something small for my daughters. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2007 09:45:16 PM »

I often hear about knitters losing their mojo and couldn't imagine how I'd feel in that situation.

I really agree with Kokeshi about not making your hobby into a chore. If you're dreading the Christmas knits, excuse yourself from them.

If you really have your heart set on plowing through, maybe find a special project for yourself, with a yarn or pattern you really love, and use that as a reward or escape from the projects you dread. Even if you never finish your Christmas gifts, you'll be enjoying yourself and end up with something that made you happy throughout the process.

Good luck! Have fun!!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2007 06:56:08 AM »

I almost never knit anything as a gift for someone. At least, not a gift that has to be given on a certain day like Christmas or a birthday. As soon as I think I HAVE to do something, I start procrastinating and I don't enjoy it. It's a flaw I guess, but that's me and I want to enjoy my knitting so I make sure I never HAVE TO do it. I still get bored with it sometimes and take a break and do some other craft.
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2007 07:19:29 AM »

Ditto!  Cheesy

Although when it comes to knitting, it shouldn't feel like a chore and cause you stress--at least too much. Maybe you just need to take a break for a little while. I feel like I need to do that sometimes. After I finished my afghan, I was like, do I want to knit anymore? I knitted and felted a draft blocker, but still have yet to sew it. And I started another blanket (baby blanket this time), and I have like 10 rows done on that. Yet each night I say I want to sit and knit, but end up doing other things only to regret the next day that I didn't knit anything the night before.

Would this be the same as writers block; but knitters block?  Roll Eyes

Just take a couple days, weeks whatever off and see how you feel. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed because I make a list of like 20 projects I want to do for people, then stress myself out and don't knit for several months.

Knitting should be fun and not a hassle! Enjoy it.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2007 07:42:09 AM »

I normally just stop knitting. I'll look at patterns and blogs online to see if anything suits my interest, or I'll just do something else totally unrelated to needlework until I get my mojo back.

It happens.
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