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April 15, 2013

The Blahs

This weekend it hit me. I had The Blahs, also known as Knitters' Ennui. I looked at the projects I was working on (a third Retro Prep sweater, Tideline, baby vest) and just felt so "meh." In fact I felt so blah about them that when I realized I had left my Retro Prep in the my car I didn't have the enthusiasm to stand up and walk outside to get it.

I needed some inspiration. I flicked through my Ravelry queue. Meh. Seriously, I have 228 items queued and already have the yarn for dozens of them and I just couldn't get excited about any of it.

So I decided to work in reverse. I pulled out several containers filled with yarn and spread them out on my dining room table. A ball of handspun that I made in June 2006 caught my eye. I did a pattern search for 30-50 yards of bulky or super bulky yarn and picked the Winchester Hat. Knocked that sucker out in an hour.

Then I was energized. What next? I scanned the table. Wool/Mohair/Silk also spun in 2006 when I was a baby spinner. It's not great yarn. I've tried using it for other projects and it never looked right. I decided to just knit a simple triangle shawl with it but as I was starting I changed my mind. A customer had been knitting from Evelyn Clark's Knitting Lace Triangles at the shop last week. I'm a huge fan of Evelyn's and love that book. It is no longer in print but Evelyn revamped and released it as an e-book last fall. I chose to do the Ripple Lace throughout. I might throw in some Medallion Lace toward the end. But I can barely put it down. I'm back in the game and over The Blahs.

What do you do to overcome The Blahs?

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