If I had to guess what took away my quilting mojo, I’d guess that it was deadlines and doing projects from fabric I didn’t choose. While I was so happy to have my designs featured in magazines, most often lately, I was sent fabric to use and it rarely was fabric I would have chosen. I understand that the magazine editors want to choose fabrics that catch the attention of readers, while promoting new lines from fabric companies. One of the last quilts I did was International Harvester related – reds, browns, blacks . . definitely not something I would have chosen. The deadlines are always tight and I would end up sewing 12 – 15 hours per day to meet the deadline. Once fabric was sent to an old address and by the time we realized it, there was a real time crunch and I was sewing all day Christmas Eve and all day Christmas Day .. not that we had any family here but it wasn’t exactly what I would have chose to do those two days.
It got the best of me and I believe that’s part of what helped take away my quilting joy and I’m trying real hard to be sure that doesn’t happen with my knitting. Any time I start feeling like “I HAVE to be knitting” and I’m not thrilled with the project, I being to think about what would happen if I lost my knitting mojo.
I guess what I have to ask myself is this: Is the end result worth the effort? Was sewing all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worth seeing my quilt in a magazine? Probably not but not meeting a deadline would put pressure on the magazine editor and staff and I would never have wanted to do that.
The question at hand with the knitting is this: Is finishing all the Knit Alongs and earning all the Badges at ESK worth making projects I don’t want to make? There are basically three months left this year and now that we’ve seen the new badges, I know that I CAN earn them all . . but will I? Making 30 hexipuffs may be my downfall. I haven’t made any yet. If I make them and realize I can do them while watching TV with Vince or while traveling, maybe . . but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t get them done.
The Beekeeper’s Tank, one of the Knit Alongs, was a real challenge for me. I don’t wear sleeveless and unless it’s so unbelievably fantastic, I don’t do fingering weight sweaters. Fingering weight makes my fingers hurt! I don’t mind making a few socks but a sweater is a whole lot of knitting.
I started Beekeeper’s Tank in May and any time something better came along, I put it down and made something else. Even less than I like fingering weight sweaters and sleeveless . . I dislike not finishing knitting projects and the competitive side of me wants ALL the badges and ALL the knit along credits.
There was 17″ of stockinette . . plus more! My plan was that this would be a “take in the car” project, or knitting while watching TV with Vince but even that proved to be tortuous. It wasn’t hard . . there were just so many other projects I’d rather be working on.
But . . I’m happy . . so very happy . . to be done with it and honestly, I think it’s something I’ll probably wear a lot . . with something over it. Isn’t the “smocking” at the top cute?
This is how I see it being worn. I had the white shirt handy so I used it for the picture but I think a dark gray, almost black, shirt would be pretty with it, or maybe even a navy shirt.
On to the next project . .