How do you motivate yourself?

I’m having a situation right now. A WIP situation. It’s very frustrating.

Sage Cardigan

Remember my Sage cardigan? I started it over the summer, then took a break because the cables in the two front pieces didn’t line up correctly.

Calm Sweater

Or my Calm sweater? It’s the second time I tried to make this pattern. While the knitting itself went fine, it’s when I tried to assemble the individual pieces together that I ran into a problem. I stitched the right sleeve to the bodice with the wrong side facing out. Then the yarn ripped when I tried to open up the seams again.

Firebird Socks

To take my mind of these mishaps (and because I needed something small for travel knitting), I started the Firebird socks. As you can see, I made quite some progress since I last posted about them! Sadly, I’m going to have to rip everything out again. See above how the red part of the ribbing is topped by a little “roof”? See also how only the two right roofs are done correctly, and then the red colour is sort of all over the place (above and below pic)? Yes, that happened, and I noticed it only when I was nearly done with the leg chart. UGH. I could CRY.

Now that I’ve caught you up on my knitting misadventure, let me ask you: do you sometimes have these phases when nothing seems to turn out right in your hobby? And how do you motivate yourself when that happens? Because right now, I can’t even bear to look at these three projects – well, I had to for the sake of this post, but let’s say I was very reluctant! At the same time, I don’t want to cast on something new as long as I have three WIPS sitting in my crafting cabinet. I guess I just have to grit my teeth and do some intense frogging? This is so annoying!

3 responses to “How do you motivate yourself?”

  1. The sock looks wonderful, and think you should keep going!

    When I get frustrated, I tend to put a difficult project in a corner for a time out and then make something easy in a different medium. So if I’m having trouble sewing a garment I’ll knit something simple, like a hat. Or if I mixed up salt for sugar in a recipe I’ll sew a t-shirt that I can practically make in my sleep. That way, when I go back to the difficult project I can have a win in my pocket to feel accomplished with, and the confidence that things will work out!

  2. Difficult question… I would start tackling the one that is easier to fix… once one is fixed, there’s a feeling of achievement to help fixing the next…

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