Knitter friends, do you experience a pre-spring slump? I have noticed this about my knitting activity in the last few years – I knit feverishly from November to February and then by the time March hits it’s like the enthusiasm has dulled to a hum. I’m still knitting, still have projects I want to finish, but it’s a bit in slow motion. I am not sure why this happens, but it is always reassuring to me to remind myself that it does seem to happen to me every pre-spring, and that the regular order of things will return again eventually.
I think part of the reason is that it’s around this point in the season when it’s still cold enough to be wearing knitted things, but there’s not enough winter left in the calendar to guaranteed that the things currently on the needles will be wearable in current season. So I really want to wear the things I’m knitting, but am impatient about the whole having to actually knit them part.
Inevitably, I respond to this feeling by casting on more projects. This doesn’t help with the getting-something-finished part, but I never said any of this process was rational, so there you go. To wit, I am currently knitting 2 sweaters (the Reverse Me cardigan that I started a month ago – in the photo above now on the beginning of one of the cable panels for the collar), the Bray cardigan (from a recent Interweave knits), another Pi shawl (below, started earlier in the winter and now revived for portable knitting), a hat (for a gift, not shown here), and another hat that I started 2 months ago and should have finished basically instantaneously but instead it’s still sitting in its project bag.
Except for one of the hats, I’m knitting all of these projects with already-stashed yarn, which is pretty great from a frugality standpoint and for the satisfaction of having yarns ready and waiting for whatever whim I feel like. And they are all fabulous yarns, working up lovely patterns. But man it’s a bummer when you’re not loving your knitting as much as you think you should.
Rationally, at this point, I know the best approach would be to just pick one project and knit away at it until it’s done, and then do that again. I could pick off the hats one by one and then come at one of the sweaters full on. Whether or not I will do that, on the other hand…Well we’ll see where we’re at next week. Next time I hope to be reporting more progress on the finished items front.
I hope you’re enjoying your knitting this week, blog friends! And that you have a lovely weekend ahead to spend time with your crafting work. Happy Friday!
Pattern: Reverse Me cardigan, by Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Pattern: Bray cardigan, by Josie Mercier
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers
Pattern: Pi shawl , pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman in the Knitter’s Almanac
Yarn: Miss Babs Kathadin