You guys have all heard of writer’s block, right? When a writer simply can’t bring themself to keep writing, or maybe they just can’t figure out what to write next.
I propose that I am currently experiencing the knitter’s version of writer’s block. Knitter’s block.
Since I finished my super secret vampire project, I’ve been kind of at loose ends. I’ve got a bunch of knitting I should be doing. And, if I’m being honest, I’ve been working on it a bit. I’ve added a couple dozen rows to my Papaya Sweater, and I’ve knit up a handful of Christmas Balls over the last couple weeks. I even added a couple inches to my last Mother Bear of the year.
But, I gotta say, I’m not terribly inspired.I’ve been thinking, and right now, it seems I have a couple options:
Keep plugging away. Pro: I get to finish the projects I’ve started. Con: I’m boooooored.
Dig out some other half-finished project and finish it. Pro: They’ll be finished. Also, I’ll get back the project bags and needles that have been sequestered (in some cases) for years. Con: There’s a reason those projects ended up in my pile of hibernating WIPS.
Start a new project. Pro: New project! A new excuse to go yarn shopping! Con: What about all the other projects?
Or, I could just continue to ignore the problem, make myself another cup of hot cocoa, and take Ollie on a walk.Options.
What do you do when you get bored with your knitting?
Every once in a while, I start to run out of ideas. It happens sometimes, after all, I’ve been writing posts three times a week for the last four years.
So, I’d love to hear your ideas!
Do you have questions about techniques? Do you want more tutorials?Do you want to see what I’m working on?Are you interested in seeing more new patterns? If so, what do you like to knit?Is there something else you’d like to see?
I don’t know if you do this, but every time I finish a big project (especially if it’s a big project that I had to finish on a deadline), my mind goes entirely blank.
Like, it’s just static. *bzzzxzxzzxbbxbxzzz* Nothing happening in there.
My brain is buzzing right now (and not in the good “I’ve got a million great ideas” way). I just finished a big, purple, stockinette thingfor a design I’ve been working on for the last month, and now I’ve got a couple weeks to knit something “for myself” before my next work project comes along.I think it must be something about pouring all your focus, attention, and creative drive into one specific project. Focusing so intensely that you don’t think about your “next steps” as you go. I used to get the same feeling after finals in college. My mind would totally empty for a day or two after, and I’d just bounce around campus, trying to find something to do.
I’ve spent the morning looking at Ravelry, but nothing is sticking. Maybe I’ll look through the craft books I got for Christmas- maybe I’ll find something cool in there? Or maybe I’ll just spend the day glaring at my yarn, and hoping it develops the ability to speak and tells me what I should make next.Am I the only one? (Probably not- if you ask that, you’re not the only one, as a rule.) What do you do to break through the “just finished a project” zone-out?
Yup. I have come to the end of my ideas, or at least the list of ideas I keep on my computer.
I have a spreadsheet where I keep notes about the blog, and a schedule of what I’ve been writing about. I try to keep the posts pretty balanced between techniques, tips, patterns, and “Cool stuff I found online.”
And, well, the “Cool stuff I found online” category seems to have been winning lately.
That, and my list of topic ideas has gotten frighteningly short. So, instead of drinking a lot of coffee and putting in the actual work of coming up with new ideas, I shall extend an invitation to you guys: What do you want to see more of? What do you want to see less of? Is there a topic you’re dying to learn more about? Should I talk more about the projects I’m knitting on, or could you care less? Do you want to learn about finishing techniques? Or are you interested in varieties of yarn? Did you see a pattern for a hat that you love, but can’t decipher? Or do you want my super secret recipe for blackberry pie? (Well, tough! You can’t have it. It’s secret.)
Let me know what you want to see, and we’ll get the ball (of yarn) rolling on some awesome new posts and exciting new projects, and hopefully, another 250 (mostly pretty good) posts.
That’s right, Ladies and Gents. It’s time, once again, for me to ask if you have any requests for topics for me to cover. Want more patterns? More tutorials? More inspiration posts? Is there a topic you’re curious about, or a technique you want to try? Have you been struggling with a new stitch pattern, and need a hand? Or are you curious about casting-on?
I’m more than happy bumbling along my way, chatting with you about whatever I happen to be thinking about, but I’d rather give you information you were actually interested in.
I’ve been doing this for a while now, and I’d love to hear from you, my readers (assuming that you’re out there). So far, I’ve pretty much been writing about whatever strikes my fancy, without much planning. So, I have questions:
What would you like to see more of? What would you like to see less of? Do you have any burning questions? Is there a pattern that you need help with? Is there anything you want to know about me? (Or, preferably, my knitting? I’m not a huge over-sharer.) Have you heard about some cool new technique or fiber that you would like to hear more about? Is there something knitting-related (or totally unrelated) that you’d like my input on? Do you have an idea for an Inspiration post?
I have some pretty cool stuff on deck (ie. in my brain. I just haven’t written the posts yet). But, let me know if I’m missing something! I’m here to serve!