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Tuesday, 19 June, 2012

Throughout my days lately I have been struck by one thought over and over again: I miss my knitting.

A morning person I am not, so I don’t truly start waking up until I walk into the museum. And then as I work I listen to hour after hour of knitters talking lovingly about their knitting.  I finished the back catalog of Yarngasm podcasts and now I’m working my way through A Playful Day. And as my day goes on a yarn-sized hole starts in my heart. It grows bigger and bigger and by the time I arrive home I am desperate to steal a few moments to work stitches.

After a spring where my drive to craft was at a low this need to create is a welcome change. It isn’t that the project I’m working on is terribly exciting, or the end result will be something I will wear for years (it is neither of these things), but I have again rediscovered the pure pleasure of knitting.

While I my enthusiasm for knitting may be on an upswing, I’ve talked with several crafters who are going through the opposite. Their mojo has abandoned them, leaving them feeling the same way I did: unsettled because this huge part of their life is suddenly missing, and hopeful the spark will return to them soon. And one after another they talk about this sheepishly, almost like they feel alone on these natural creative highs and lows. Then a chorus of knitters chime in, assuring them that it happens to them too.

We practice an incredibly solitary pursuit and sure, we may get together for knit nights and visits and chatting online, but do you really know much about how other knitters practice their craft? Where they get their inspiration? How much time they knit per day? Whether they have a small stash or one that is threatening to take over their house? And aren’t you curious?

I’ve decided to try something new on my blog where once or twice a month I’ll interview knitters, designers, and dyers I admire to get a peek into their knitting lives. The first interview is going up tomorrow, and I’m excited to share it with you. It’s someone I’m sure a number of you already know, and for those of you who don’t you’re in for a treat. Her beautiful knitting and gorgeous photography have been a huge inspiration to me for several years now. Make sure to let me know what you think!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 1:55 pm

    I am finding that I want to knit a lot, but right now I have no desire to finish the projects I have going on. 3 projects are large – sweaters and a shawl, and they are all at least half way finished. I really want to start something new, but figure I should probably finish the others first 😦

  2. Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 4:01 pm

    This sounds like a series not to miss!

  3. Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 4:36 pm

    I go through phases. Sometimes I want to KNIT ALL THE THINGS. Other times I want to SPIN all the things. And sometimes I just need to sit quietly with a book and wait for my mojo to return. Can’t wait to see what you’re knitting now that yours has come home!

  4. Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 4:40 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing your new series. It’s nice to know that other people go through crafting phases as well.

  5. Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 5:51 pm

    I really like this idea!

  6. Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 11:19 pm

    This sounds like an awesome idea! I love that knitters are all so different in their habits, stashes, and preferred projects, and I get a huge amount of inspiration from other people’s knitting – both on their blogs and in real life. Can’t wait to check it out!

  7. Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 12:11 am

    I LOVE this idea – can’t wait to read your interviews!

    I find that when my knitting mojo abandons me, something else always takes it’s place, and I welcome that feeling of passion and inspiration for the non-knitting thing. But somehow, I always come back to knitting!

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    Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 6:25 pm

    Can’t wait! xoxox

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