What is going on with knitting this week!? Nothing much I am sad to say! I haven’t been all that interesting lately; I think I’ve lost some of my knitting mojo! It’s a real thing and happens to everyone at some point! For me it is usually in the summer when it is absurdly hot. No one even wants to look at a sweater let along knit it! This past weekend the temperature was in the high 20’s but the ‘feels like’ temperature was 34. THIRTY FOUR DEGREES!! I couldn’t look at what the humidity index was, but I am sure it was something absolutely atrocious.
This past weekend I got a chance to sit and do nothing. No writing, no sample knitting, no knitting for other people. Just… nothing. I started thinking about knitting a sweater. It’s been a while since I’ve done it and at heart I am definitely a sweater knitter. I think my grandmother’s sweater has really annihilated my desire for sweater knitting. If I am knitting a sweater then I feel like I should be knitting hers because she asked me to so long ago. The last sweater I knit as a palate cleanser turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. I need a success, I need to just whip off an easy sweater and not worry about anything. I’ve listened to a podcast where the podcasters gave their listeners permission to change a pattern or put things on hold. I am officially giving myself permission to knit a sweater, out of whatever yarn I want, without guilt, without shame even!
I think this is something every knitter gets caught up in. As soon as you start knitting, people start making orders. I always offer to teach them and they can make their own. I really think it’s interesting how quickly a lot of people back pedal away from the thought of knitting. It takes hours and hours of time for a knitted garment to be produced and knitters pour their blood, sweat and tears into these projects. I know I’ve mentioned this book before but Franklin Habit’s comic book It Itches really hits the nail directly on the head. If someone is knitting you something, that is time they are spending on you. There are a 1000 other things they could be knitting or doing, but they are taking that time aside and working on something special for you. Odds are, they’re thinking about you and how much you are going to love this gift, pouring good feelings into it.
I’ve heard the philosophy, don’t knit angry. If you’re fighting with someone or unhappy, don’t knit on that project. I can remember what I was listening to or watching while I was knitting particular garments. Sometimes I don’t get specific scenes from garments, but I will get the emotions that film evokes; inspiration, anxiety, suspense, excitement. I know when I watch the Lord of the Rings movies and knit I always feel like those pieces are for travelling. I might have to start picking my projects based on what I am watching on TV at the time.
When I was knitting the Harry Potter scarves for the last movie, I ONLY knit when I was watching a Harry Potter movie. To cut the fringe, I wrapped the yarn around the third Harry Potter book. I couldn’t help but remember the movies when I wore that scarf. I had to make about five of them and in the end, I think I gave the scarf I made for myself away. I might have to make another one and instill it with the same concentrated amount of Harry Potter power as the last one. Perhaps I’ll do something different this time? A Lord of the Rings or Doctor Who scarf? Decisions decisions…