It’s been more than a minute or two since I’ve been at my blog, knitter pals, and for that I am sorry. I meant to take a short break once summer started, and then summer turned into more summer, which then turned into fall, and now it’s the middle of October and here we are.
A few of you have written asking if I’m okay (which, thank you, I am touched), and truthfully everything is fine. I haven’t been incapacitated, and I’m still ticking along with my day job and my normal life.
The reason I decided I needed to put the blog down for a moment is that I’ve been feeling burned out, creatively. This on its own is nothing terribly tragic, but it does make it awfully hard to maintain a creatively-based online presence in the same way, so I just needed to put something aside for a bit. I’m a few years into my second decade of knitting and blogging, so I suppose I was due for a burnout phase?
I think I’ve actually been feeling burned out for a little while now, I just didn’t notice it because I was still doing creative things. Oddly enough I think the fact that my regular life is fairly steady and normal at the moment is a contributing factor to this – without the background hum of grad school or employment insecurity that stood up the first decade of my knitting (and blog life), I realize I need to reorient how my knitting fits into my life, because I don’t need it to be as much of a steady coping mechanism like I did before.
So in a nutshell, I’m still knitting, and still want to be a regular blogger. I’m just going to do it with a few less expectations on myself. I’d like to rediscover a few of the things that I love about knitting and try a few more things that I’ve never knitted before.
Only trouble is I do still need to wrap up the two fingering weight sweaters I’ve been working on since April. (It would be so much more convenient for burnout recovery to not be accompanied by unfinished objects). And sure, I could put these aside and just start something new anyway, but it turns out that’s a habit from previous Knitting Me that current Knitting Me is still okay with.
They are both more than halfway done (one is the Lightweight pullover I started in the spring, the other is a loose cardigan that I’m going to avoid naming because to be fully honest I’ve found the instructions overworked and frustrating – but I still want the finished sweater, so here we are.)
I hope your knitting world is going well, blog friends – happy fall! Cozy up with a project that you love, for me. I promise to write again soon! 😉