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.