Mojo in Check

My knitting mojo has been nonexistent for approximately 2 weeks now.  It’s a strange feeling to lose something that has been such a part of my daily life.  I would watch tv without doing anything with my hands.  Or ride in the car and just look out the window.  Strange!  I really got a reminder of what my life was like before I was a knitter.

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Hemlock Ring blanket, stalled

I had been trying to force myself to work on this blanket, but my heart just wasn’t in it.  And I didn’t feel like starting any  new projects, so no knitting was happening at all.

This break did give me a chance to work on some other projects.  My little sewing machine has been humming as I work on alterations, hemming, refashion projects, and my first quilt.  All good fun, but not knitting.

Fortunately, just when things were beginning to feel irreparably bleak, I was rescued.  Knitting night with the Stitch ‘n Bitch gals (and one guy last night, hooray!) helped give me the kick in the wool that I needed.  That and the miracle of coincidence…

I was flipping through Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn before heading out last night, and I was struck by a certain pattern.  I wanted something simple, and Spot Check seemed to fit the bill.  It’s essentially a stockinette sock knit in two colors, one a solid and the other a wilder multi.  And as I looked closer at the photo of the pattern, I realized that I had the yarn called for in my stash.  Not just the yarn, but the exact 2 colorways pictured!  It was clear that I had to knit these socks.

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Spot Check in Shibui Knits Peacock and Spectrum

I got off to a good start last night, and have even knit a couple rows on them today.  I’m not going to be so bold as to say that my knitting mojo is officially back, but I will say that I feel like knitting a little bit.  Which is a great improvement!

Hope you have a great weekend, knitting or otherwise!

I’ve Got It Baaad.

I’ve got it baaad.

The sock jitters, that is.  My hands are shaking with the desire to knit a new pair of socks with sumptuous sock yarn.  I keep coming across new sock yarn, great new patterns, and feeling an overwhelming sense of excitement and desire to cast on immediately.  And yet, I don’t.  I feel I can’t, actually.  And why not?

Well, the answer is two fold: for one, I have a sock project on the needles.  Last week I finished sock #1 of Waving Lace Socks.

Waving Lace socks from Favorite Socks

Waving Lace socks from Favorite Socks

It was a great pattern to knit, I love the yarn, and both together made me a very happy knitter.  But I couldn’t cast on for the second sock right away.  The dreaded SSS strikes again!

My goal was to finish this pair of socks before I started something new and exciting.  Something that should be arriving in the mail any day now from Blue Moon Fiber Arts

That brings me to my second reason for not starting anything new: I’m waiting to receive my first ever shipment from the BMFA Rockin’ Sock Club!  How could I, in good conscience, cast on for any other sock pattern, no matter how compelling, when I know this is in my immediate future?

I have been sorely tempted, to be sure.  There was the gift I received from my sister, the lovely new book, Knitting Socks with Hand Painted Yarn.  Then, I won a blogiversary contest over on Liz’s blog, which meant I was the lucky recipient of this lovely  hand dyed sock yarn.

Tiny Toes by Interlacements

Tiny Toes by Interlacements

I am trying to wait patiently for my sock club shipment to arrive.  I have been trying to work diligently on projects I already have started.  That hasn’t entirely worked either.  I cast on 2 new (small) projects last week, and one is already finished.  I needed to finish something while I waited, even if it wasn’t the mate to a lone bubble gum pink sock!

Well, I should go check the mailbox, Ravelry, and the RSC blog to see if anyone has gotten their yarn yet.  Maybe it will be me…toes crossed!