What? You haven’t heard of KMD? Well, I bet you’ve heard someone say they have lost their Knitting Mojo. My post today is part 1 of a series on Knitting Mojo Dysphoria (or Disorder, whichever you prefer.)
First, what is KMD? It is defined* as, “Dissatisfaction, disillusion, for the craft itself, resulting in PND (putting needles down) for a duration of a week or more.” This isn’t just being unhappy with one project or Second Sock Syndrome… It’s way more serious than that—which is why we all have to be aware and look out for these warning signs:
• Can’t seem to finish something you think you’ll love
• Sitting down to knit but doing something else …like answering email, or scrolling through Facebook.
• Starting project after project and only knitting 4 rows on each one.
• You’re not excited about next project or the next step in your knit-along
• Procrastinating finishing a project
• What’s on your needles? If your answer is nothing, you are definitely suffering from KMD
*by me at least.
Causes - Pinpoint Your Mojo-killers
What happened? Well, it’s not usually one particular thing. Chances are, you’re dealing with several Mojo-killers. Each one should be considered carefully, as these things can really sneak up on you.
Life stuff. School, work, running errands, too much on your plate? Give yourself a break and remember, you’re just busy. Don’t blame knitting. Make time for it and get a portable project for those times when you find yourself camped out in a waiting room. (Bonus: you’ll probably be the only one not playing on your smart phone so you can feel a little smug about that too.)
Yarn. Just because Aunt Louise gave you a minivan full of cheap acrylic yarn doesn’t mean you have to knit with it. Just because you got it on sale doesn’t mean you need to keep it if you don't like the color anymore, or you've realized that you don't like how it feels. Donate it to a school, or if you wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy, give it to a thrift store or Goodwill.
Also, if you’re knitting with crappy yarn because your friend wants a project and supplied the yarn, you may have harmed the Mojo with a double whammy. Knitting for friends, neighbors, relatives, is wonderful…in theory. However, if you engage in this risky behavior, at some point you’ll likely end up knitting for the wrong person. You make something lovely and gorgeous and give it to someone who has no clue. In other words, this person is not knit-worthy.
The incredible socks you made of delicious BFL, hand dyed yarn were mauled by her pet…twice**, or the blanket for the newlyweds ended up hidden away in a closet forever because “it’s just too pretty to use.” Each time one of your projects goes to an unworthy recipient, there is a little harm done to your inner knitter. Don’t risk it. Make sure you knit for the Knit Worthy only, and when you do, don’t give yourself the DEADline (see what I did there?).
**see Colors and Cocktails Episodes 17 & 21.
Deadlines are important if you’re being paid and it’s part of what you do. A few deadlines that matter:
- It's time to take your pain meds after surgery
- Paying bills on time and filing your taxes by April 15.
- When the plane closes the door and leaves the gate.
Yes, those are deadlines. Those are crucial.
Now repeat after me: Knitting has no deadlines. So what if the new baby arrived and you’re still finishing the surprise sweater. Get the new parents a gift card to a baby superstore and call it a day. Then give the hat and booties to her a week later, when you’re done. Or better yet, wait a month until the baby has grown a little and makes a much cuter Revelry model than the puffy eyed newborn that can’t really stretch out to model your creations properly anyway.
Oh, Christmas you say? Ahem, why are you knitting for a Christmas gift? Don’t you have plenty to do already? You have shopping and cards and parties and the 3 hours of dollhouse assembly before the big day. Wait to present your special gift, on another day perhaps, when it's done and you can enjoy the moment with the recipient.