Onwards

Hellooooooooo!

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.

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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.

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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! 😉

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28 comments

  1. Shirla Ghadaki · ·

    Glad to know you are okay. Love the blue sweater. Gorgeous color.

  2. Glad to hear you’re well and haven’t given up the knitting, specifically or generally. Also glad to know you’ve achieved a bit of security and stability—those two things can act as a great safety net for taking creative risks and engaging in exploration/experimentation. I hope they do for you. 🙂

  3. It’s great to hear from you again! 😊

  4. I was thrilled to see a new post from you. Your WIP sweaters look great. I especially like that blue yarn. Have you ever done brioche knitting? That would be something different for you unless you have already done it. I just learned the basic one-color brioche recently and am making a dish cloth to practice it. I like the look of the two-color brioche but I have learned that it’s much more complicated than the basic. Have fun with knitting whatever you choose to make.

  5. I have missed you and I’m really happy that you are okay.

  6. Good to hear your OK

  7. deb hansen · ·

    I missed you and am relieved to know you are well. I understand being burnt out and applaud you for realizing it and taking charge. Welcome back!

  8. So nice to have you back in blog land. I also applaud you for taking care of yourself. Your sweaters look so cozy. Take good care.

  9. Missed you! Glad to hear you are well.

  10. Shelly Ferguson · ·

    We all have these ebbs and flows to our lives. I guess you can take solice in the fact that you are normal. That being stated, I am glad you are back and well.

  11. twistedsticks · ·

    Nice to see you back and glad things are going well. I understand totally!! I am also a quilter and all summer I just lost the a thrill for it. I just knitted and did other things. It’s OK to take a break. This is suppose to be a pleasant experience, so don’t push yourself, enjoy the journey!

    God bless and have a great day!

  12. Welcome back! I learned from you that if you just keep knitting on things, eventually they will get done.

  13. Sometimes you have to let the field lie fallow before it can produce a good harvest, eh? 🙂

  14. I am glad to see you back. I figured out that you, like most of us, succumbed to time pressures and the fatigue of working, keeping a house, and trying to read, knit, walk, watch tv, whatever.

  15. So glad to hear you are doing well. I missed the inspiration you always offer on your blog. It is a good thing you took a time of rest. Do take care of yourself.

  16. Genia Potter · ·

    So glad you’re back. I missed hearing from you!

  17. 379christy · ·

    Welcome back. I now feel entitled to a few days of quiet time — for my mind, fingers, life.

  18. No worries on keepin’ it real. You do what you gotta do. Your knits are pretty and oh boy I understand how you want to get these done and off the needles. I’ve been avoiding fingering weight garments because I know I’ll get bored after a while and it would take me forever to get them done.

  19. So glad you are back and that you took care of yourself. I would check in every so often and wonder if you were o.k. The blue is gorgeous!

  20. Welcome back! I really missed you. Glad all is well.

  21. hazel swoboda · ·

    Glad you’re back! I always enjoy reading your blog. You inspired me to start a Pi shawl…. which is hibernating at the moment but that’s another story.

  22. Jill Ferneau · ·

    Very glad to have you back with the blog. You were sorely missed. Also, glad to know your absence was not caused by anything horrible. Everyone needs a break now and again.

  23. Nice to hear from you again Glenna. That blue is scrumptious!

  24. Yay!!! Glad you’re back.

  25. Hi there! We all need breaks, even from things we love to do! A question for you — what bind of did you use for the ribbing on the blue sweater? Thanks!

  26. Happy to see you back! I totally understand the need for a break and having lower expectations for yourself, but I’m definitely excited to be able to keep reading your posts.

  27. Michela Costanza · ·

    I’m so happy you’re back and am glad you’re OK, I love reading your blog and following your WIPs.

  28. So glad you are alive and well! I’m also glad to know you plan to keep blogging and knitting!

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