Sometimes, I just sit on the couch, while my current knitting project sits on the coffee table next to me. There it is, the beautiful yarn, the nice sharp needles and the pretty shawl that I am really looking forward to wearing. And nevertheless, I prefer to let it sit there. My hands want a break. My brain wants to talk to my husband or read some fun stuff on Twitter. That probably passes very quickly, and the next night me and my knitting are happily re-joined. However, a couple of weeks ago – it almost pains me to write this – I did not feel like knitting for a couple of days in a row. My knitting mojo had disappeared. There was nothing that could tempt me: No colorful socks, no intricate shawls, no comfy sweaters (although I have been planning to knit one for a long time). I started to worry. But then I remembered that this had happened before: During my second pregnancy I felt sick at the pure thought of long strings of wool. And there was the time when I would rather try to sew leather bags than knit. Or search for spinning wheels and learn how to spin.
And suddenly it occurred to me what would bring my knitting mojo back: I just had to let myself be creative in other ways, maybe learn something new, get inspired. It does not really matter what I do, as long as it challenges my brain in other ways than knitting does. When your knitting mojo disappears, you can try to learn a few words in Spanish by listening to a podcast, make plans for your flower beds, decorate a cake for your friend’s birthday or learn some new chords on the guitar. Meet a couple of old friends, have some ice-cream with your grandmother or go for a swim with your little niece – summer offers endless possibilities. And then, out of the blue, you will see that color combination that you will want to knit into a shawl immediately, that sock yarn that has been sitting in your shelf will suddenly know what kind of socks they want to become, and in an old knitting magazine you will find the perfect sweater for fall. This is what happened to me. I picked up some yarn I had in my shelf for quite some time, and suddenly I knew what I wanted to knit with it. Hello, knitting mojo, old friend – here you are. What a pleasant surprise!
What does help you to get your knitting mojo back?
P. S.: The project bag in the pic is available in Strickmich! Shop.