Project funks are a fact of life. Sometimes work gets busy or life gets life-y and you come home and mind meld with the couch. Even the comfort of knitting is no fun if you have a lot of stress in your life and the self-imposed deadline to finish that hat before your friend’s birthday is just too much. Or knitting while laying down is just too uncomfortable (I’ve tried!) and horizontal wins yet again.
Why should your hobbies stress you out?
Well, that’s a question for philosophers to debate. I don’t have all the answers.
Sometimes you get in a funk because every project around you seems to fail. Your WIP pile is woolly madness.
Be the Boss of Your Knitting
Elizabeth Zimmermann taught me to be the boss of my knitting and now that’s my motto. It’s just yarn. You can get frustrated. You can throw that POS in the corner when you find a glaring mistake 14 rows down and you don’t know how to fix it. Or you don’t want to. Or you just want to be petulant for a while before you go back to being an adult and fixing the mistake.
You can cry. You can give up. But remember: you are still the one in charge, not the twisted hair of farm animals dyed in luscious colors that you can’t resist touching, much less buying.
Here are five options to consider when the wool doesn’t go your way:
Sometimes a pattern isn’t working and a second set of eyes makes all the difference. This is one of the awesome aspects of Knit Night!
Put It in Time Out
Out of sight, out of mind for a day (or more…) will help reset your expectations, or give your unconsciousness a chance to work through a problem so you can suddenly stand up and say “Ah ha! I’ve figured it out!”
I often go from Time Out to the next option…
Rip It Out
Knitting is your hobby, not your job (probably). If what you’re making isn’t bringing you joy, make yourself a comforting beverage, sit down in front of your favorite TV show and rip, rip, rip. It might seem scary at first, but it is VERY cathartic.
Give It Away
If you can’t bear to look at it, give your project a new home, finished or not. There are always knitters grateful for something new to play with, or non-knitters happy to score a handmade item.
That hat coming out too small and you’re not sure you like the yarn anyway? With a sewing machine and some moxie, you can turn that . . . thing into bean bags or microwavable hand warmers or cat toys or . . . well, if I gave you all the answers, there’d be no room for creativity.
Be Sentient and Proud of It
I am a big fan of #2, time out. My WIP basket is currently at ## projects — and that’s just the knitting. Once a year or so, I take an inventory and discover what I’m ready to let go of and what I still love and want to finish.
What are your solutions to misbehaving projects? Share in the comments!