Knitter's Block

Do you ever get knitter’s block? Not the kind of blocking you do to shape your finished project, but the kind that’s like writer’s block, only with knitting. 

It goes by different names like UFOs or Second Sock Syndrome. I have a box labeled “Work In Progress” that I haven’t even looked at in a year.


And it happens for different reasons. Maybe you started a sweater and realized that it was much more difficult than you thought. Or the yarn isn’t quite right for the shawl you started, but you can’t bring yourself to frog it. Or maybe you just can’t stand the thought of knitting another stupid hat. 

I found I needed a break from knitting last winter.  I was just having a case of the blahs, not feeling inspired at all. What’s a knitter to do? Unless knitting is your livelihood and you need to pay the rent, take a break. Step away. That may sound radical, but if you knit for pleasure, and it’s not a pleasure any longer, put the needles down. 

Try a different craft like crocheting or cross stitch. Or do something totally unrelated. Read a book. Cook something yummy. Take up bird watching. 

Soon enough your yarn stash will start calling to you. Any maybe it’s voice will sound different. It might tell you try out some new stitches or take a class at your LYS. Maybe you’ll go through your stash and give away some yarn, or trade some with a friend. One person’s trash is another one’s treasure. 

My vacation from knitting didn’t last long. Really just a couple of weeks. I joined a new knitting group and felt inspired all over again. That’s all it took for me. 

Has knitter’s block troubled you? What did you do? I would love to hear your comments.