My friend Kara was over last night. I asked her a simple question: “Are you knitting or crocheting anything right now?” She has a grand daughter about to have her first birthday. I figured she’d be pulling yarn out of her hair. Her reply? “Nope…..”
“Nothing for yourself?”
And it seemed to me that some loss of inspiration had occurred. She gave a laundry list of reasons why she no longer felt the desire to make anything for anyone. She didn’t want to spend the trouble making something that would be marred by a Popsicle. She didn’t want to spend the hours working up a blanket in awfully spun acrylic. She didn’t want to spend the energy on something that would be stowed away for years and years never to be touched again.
Her last project had been a mermaid blanket that seems to be all the rage right now. And all I could think was that her finished piece (and I saw it, it kicked ass), has not met with the enthusiasm she had enriched it with in her mind while she worked it up. I could be wrong. But, I sensed it. Her first piece worked up for her first and only grandchild probably has never seen the light of day since it was gifted. That can hurt a knitter. That can kill your passion. Why bother with anything else? Why make the attempt. I mean, there a million things I told Kara she could be making for her precious granddaughter, but they all seemed to fall off her face without inspiration.
We’ve all been there. We’ve been smacked upside the head with a loss of interest when it comes to this craft. Maybe it’s because someone didn’t really appreciate what we made for them, the time, the thought. Or maybe because you’ve done it so much, so often, that it has become (dare I share? … a chore?)
And I assure you, I have those moments, too. So, I thought that would be a great topic for next week’s show. “When A Knitter Loses Their Passion.” You know, we all greedily run to our needles for safety, for security, for comfort. Sometimes our needles and hooks are our best friends, the only ones who really understand us, our magic wands of creation, our artistic enterprise. And there are other times where we just can’t stand to look at the damned things. Our hands hurt, our hearts ache, our spirits are wrecked and we just don’t want to bother with needles and hooks. We don’t want to make things for others….we want to be the ones that people make FOR.
So, send me your stories of when you got cynical about the craft, when you felt it just wasn’t working for you. Because as much as the knitting community loves to hyper extends how loving and endearing and relaxing the craft is, there is another side: when you’re fed up, toss your stash, bury your head in your hands and say, “I’ve had enough.” I want to hear your stories of when that happened, and more impressively, what brought you out of that disinterest and had you running back to your friendly needles and hooks.
You can email me your story in written form if that works. But, if you can, send a video. We’ll find a way to make that into the show. You can use Dropbox and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.