In early July, right after finishing my Mara cardi, I cast on a new project, a design for an aran vest I was working out in my head, Keelan. I started it in Rowan Scottish Tweed fingering weight and completed most of the back.
And then I let it sit. For ages. I did finally finish the back and started on the front. And then I let it sit. For ages.
That danged project seriously screwed with my knitting mojo. I’m not sure why, but I hated knitting it. The yarn was nice, I liked the cable pattern, but the whole thing was just sucking my knitting mojo right outta me. So I kept starting and finishing other things, and enjoying them, but in the back of my mind, a little voice was chiding me that I needed to finish Keelan. After all, I really didn’t have all that much left to do — it’s a vest and I had the back and a third of the front done.
Right before I started the Wing-o’-the-Moth, I picked it up again and felt the joy of knitting being sucked right out of me. It was at that point I decided to abandon Keelan in its present state. I immediately cast on Wing-o’-the-Moth as comfort knitting. Mohair/silk yarn being knitted into lace really does go a long way towards soothing the knitter’s soul.
While I was knitting the Moth, I was swatching and experimenting with yarns for the new Keelan. And much to my surprise, I found the perfect yarn in my stash: Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed.
I bought a bag of this yarn at least a year ago with only a vague idea of what to knit from it. Turns out it is perfect for the Keelan I envisioned in my head.
The new Keelan is still a vest, but it will button down the front instead of being a pullover. And it will be longer that I had orginally planned.
Due to extreme fatigue and zombie-like demeanor brought on by seasonal allergies and the meds I take to combat them, my progress has been slow. But I am making progress, and thoroughly enjoying the knitting.
Which is really what it is all about for me.
It took me a long time to realize that it was fingering weight Keelan that was messing with my knitting mojo. I guess that’s because I very rarely start knitting something and stop feeling the love. But I need to remember this experience for the next time it happens.
How about y’all? What affects your knitting mojo?
In Other News
I finished the Opal Handpainted socks.
To recap, it’s colorway #22, knitted on 2mm needles. Toe-up. Of course.
There was a comments request for a close-up of the sides of the toe. Here you go!
And the other side:
My new commuter knitting is a stealth project, so there will be no mention of it here. Just sayin’.
I try to make a point of answering most questions from the comments. Sometimes I email the commenter in response, sometimes I answer the question in the blog the next day. If you leave a comment asking a question and you post either a fictitious email address or never check your email, don’t keep leaving the same comment with the same question, nnnnnn-kay? I do have the brains (most of the time) to take “remove” or “nospam” out of an email address — that’s not what I’m talking about.
(The reason I mention this is that someone has left a comment on four separate occasions asking the same question, getting a tad more belligerent with each asking. I responded to three out of four of those comments via email. And then deleted the comments from the blog. Because I can.)
If you ask me a question the answer to which I deem is none of your business, I will ignore it. My blog, my choice. And if you persist and keep leaving the same comment, I’ll ban your ass. 🙂
Lucy is considering the advisability of leaving prank comments on my blog. Heh.