Y’all. Sometimes being a “professional knitter” is hard. (Disclaimer: I know that as far as “hard jobs” go, Professional Knitter is pretty low on that list. Just bear with me as I throw myself a little pity party. I promise I’ll be back to myself soon.) Sure it’s not “I’m a doctor and I hold people’s lives in my hands” hard, or “I’m a cop and I put my own life on the line to keep people safe” hard, or even “I’m a construction worker and am constantly doing backbreaking labor” hard.
I think that anyone who takes their absolute favorite hobby and tries to turn it into a real job will understand what I’m saying. No matter how delightful your job is day-to-day, there’s always something super practical and kind of crappy that you have to deal with. There are deadlines, paperwork, and (sometimes rude) customers, and (if you’re me) having to deal with the fallout when I say “yes” to one too many projects. And when your job is also your hobby, you can’t be really go do your hobby to decompress.
Lately I’ve been less than in love with my knitting. I’ve been designing and writing up two sweaters, which will be lovely when they’re done, but I’m beyond done with knitting them right now. I even put down one of the prototypes mid-knitting, which I never do- I do my very best to be diligent with my design process. But, I just can’t make myself pick it up again right now.
And instead of the sweaters I should be working on, I’ve been plugging away at the wedding blanket for my brother. It’s turning out wonderfully, but I’m realizing that I greatly miscalculated both the amount of yarn that I’m going to need for it and the amount of time that it’ll take to work up. So, maybe this will end up being a First Anniversary blanket instead of a Wedding Blanket. Sigh…
Anyway, all of that is to say that I’m itching for a fun, simple, and above all quick project. Something that I can bang out in an evening or during the kid’s nap time. Something that doesn’t have a deadline or even a purpose.
Maybe something like a pile of soft knitted balls. Why? Why not! For anyone in particular? Maybe my kid! Maybe my dog! What yarn should I use? I donno! Whatever I have laying around!
Knit Ball Pit by Anna Hrachovec
Or I could make a little tiny doll for my kiddo! Does he like dolls? No! Has he ever shown any interest in any stuffed animal? No! Are these guys too cute for me to really care? Yes!
Pretty Izzy Dolls by Esther Braithwaite
Would he like them better if they were little animals instead of little people? Doubtful! Do I find these guys even more charming? Yes!
Forest Friends Dolls by Esther Braithwaite
Should I really lean into the whole “making something for absolutely no reason except it makes me smile” thing? Yes! Do I actually care about cats? Not particularly! Is this cat stinking adorable? Yes!
Tiny Parlor Cat by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
Don’t get me wrong, every day I’m surprised and pleased and grateful that I can say that for my job, I’m a Knitter. It’s just one of those weeks that I’m sure everyone gets. I’m going to go make myself another cup of coffee, dig out some scrap yarn and work up a silly little project or two. And, once that’s done, I’m sure I’ll be back to making ridiculously gigantic projects at ridiculously tiny gauges. Because, after all, that’s what I do.
Do you ever get burnt out on knitting? What do you do when the burnout hits?
I do get burned out, and that’s okay! You’re allowed!
Do exactly what you’re doing: giving yourself a break and venting! Any job can get tedious and that’s what those sweaters are: your job. Knit something fun and frivolous and enjoy it! It’s the pause that refreshes!