Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Returning from Burnout

Well, I'm finally back from a much needed knitting hiatus. Have you ever knit so many things at one time, which included a few non-enjoyable items, that you suffered from burnout? When I last posted, I had finished a series of baby items and was ready to begin a pullover and tote. I finished the pullover, tote (which turned out to be a purse), and a toddler pullover. That was the last time I truly enjoyed knitting until very recently. It seemed that when I began my new projects -- a cardigan, baby blanket, and Christmas stockings -- I lost interest and just didn't seem to pick up the needles as often, and then not at all. You see, I had been looking forward to knitting myself one or two sweaters this winter. Since that didn't happen and I felt stuck with my current projects, I lost interest. I'm one of those knitters who likes to finish all projects before beginning new ones. I've also learned that I'm only comfortable with, at most, two projects at one time.

In addition to my burnout, I also lost interest in going to any knitting meetups. When I lived in Raleigh, I used to go to a weekly Thursday night SnB at Caribou Coffee. The group of ladies there have just the right chemistry for a knitting group. The women I've met at the downtown Columbus meetings are very nice, but it's not the same atmosphere. The Raleigh SnB ladies have a deep enthusiasm about knitting combined with fun, unpretentious personalities. I'm making the Columbus ladies sound terrible, aren't I? They're not. The good news is I just found out there's a new leader of a previously defunct online knitting meetup group called The Columbus Area Knitting Meetup Group. Supposedly, there's been a resurgence of interest in the group and a lot of recent knitting activity. This is, of course, very exciting to hear. I'm looking forward to attending a meeting, possibly as soon as this Saturday!

There's another reason for my temporary lapse of interest in knitting: morning sickness. Yep, this prego didn't have an interest in anything but watching TV and reading (and sometimes not even that). I couldn't knit or do anything like logic puzzles, Sudoku, or crosswords. To top it all off, we had one of the coldest winters here on record, which kept me indoors. Not good! If it were just me I would've gone out, even in the cold. But, having a two-year-old makes going outside a little different.

Speaking of the two-year-old, she's the final reason for my knitting hiatus. I can't remember when specifically -- it's all fuzzy now -- but she hit a certain age that has required almost all of my attention, energy, and time. Previously, I could sit peacefully on the couch and knit for long periods of time without being interrupted. Not anymore, my friends. I have a two-year-old! Oh my was that trying my first trimester: trying to avoid puking while hearing, "Mommie, Mommie, Mommie!" and simultaneously being tugged at the knee by little hands. Most of the times I did puke were to the tune of "Mommie, Mommie, Mommie!" Oh yeah -- try going to a knitting store or Michael's with a two-year-old. Ha! Knitting stores don't have carts (the aisles are too narrow for carts or strollers), and you can't possibly spend any quality time there while holding a fidgeting 25+ lb. toddler whose goal is to touch everything within reach. Going to Michael's or JoAnn's is much easier in comparison (even with the short attention span of a toddler), but sometimes neither store has the type of yarn you need. Many times, I just order online.

As soon as I can, I'll post pictures of completed projects. In the meantime, here's a small preview. I made a felted purse that looks similar to the Oregon Tote. Details and the finished product will be posted with my other completed projects.


Barbara said...

Let me be the first from our Raleigh knitting group to congratulate you!! Wonderful news. We do miss you and wondered where you have been. Glad you have good news. Keep in touch!

Nik said...

Wow! A Baby. Congratulations! How many months are you? Like Barbara said, I've wondered how you've been. I tried to keep up with you via your blog...but now I see that you were doing more important things with your time instead of blogging.

Making a baby takes hard work ;D