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Jan 10, 2017 07:41:54   #
pjmcd
 
I knitted and sewed so much before Christmas, I'm really worn out, but don't like setting idle, so I made a purchase of cotton yarn for some dishcloths, thought that couldn't be too bad, but the pattern when knitting it width wise seems awfully small, so I increased the inside pattern, do any of you all do this?
 
Jan 10, 2017 07:45:09   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
I feel patterns are only a guideline. I adjust them to fit my needs and wants.
Jan 10, 2017 07:50:09   #
ijfranklin
 
It depends what size discloth you want. My 85-year-old aunt prefers very small dishcloths because with her arthritic hands she can't wring or squeeze the water out of what is considered a normal size one.
Jan 10, 2017 07:50:29   #
Cherspradlin
 
Ditto. Sometimes I just garter stitch the entire cloth because it's fast, sometimes I use a complicated square from a multi panel afghan, sometimes it's something I've made up in my own head. As long as you like what you're doing, it's all good!
Jan 10, 2017 07:53:55   #
LynneC
 
Yes! Burn out is real. My go to, socks since I'm one of those rare folks who don't like a knitted dish cloth.
Jan 10, 2017 07:58:58   #
Annu
 
Suddenly I don't feel like knitting.But feel guilty not knitting!
Is that a burn out?
 
Jan 10, 2017 08:01:28   #
Galaxy Knitter
 
I'm not burned out! I just bought some beautiful yarn at Newbury Yarns at 2 Milk street in Downtown Crossing in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). I'm going to make a shawl with it! And I want to go back for more... I want to build up my stash so I have yarn when I can't afford it anymore!!! (retirement is coming).
Jan 10, 2017 08:02:03   #
stitchin' time
 
And I'm one of those rare ones who doesn't like knitted socks. Isn't it interesting how different we can be and still be compatible?
Jan 10, 2017 08:04:07   #
Ladyj960 (a regular here)
 
Yes, I get knitting burn out even life burn out especially since I hate living here in SC; and, I alter patterns all the time.
Jan 10, 2017 08:11:06   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
Sorry you don't like SC. NC is wonderful. I switch between needlearts every few projects, helps keep the burnout at bay. I also don't stress myself with Christmas giving. I keep the amount of finished projects I expect of myself reasonable and try to make it fun.
Jan 10, 2017 08:12:53   #
sandyridge
 
Ladyj960 wrote:
Yes, I get knitting burn out even life burn out especially since I hate living here in SC; and, I alter patterns all the time.


I am sorry to hear you are feeling discouraged but I can relate. I am feeling very winter weary and it is a long way till spring. Financial problems, adult children problems and lack of a social support system all adds to discontent. I just try to do one day at a time .
 
Jan 10, 2017 08:15:25   #
Nanxy (a regular here)
 
Galaxy Knitter wrote:
I'm not burned out! I just bought some beautiful yarn at Newbury Yarns at 2 Milk street in Downtown Crossing in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). I'm going to make a shawl with it! And I want to go back for more... I want to build up my stash so I have yarn when I can't afford it anymore!!! (retirement is coming).


Got news for you, you will keep on buying yarn after retirement. I know, we are several friends all retired and we still buy yarn, they are always coming up with more beautiful yarns, so who can resist? Not, me.
Jan 10, 2017 08:19:20   #
Cathie bargenda
 
I think every knitter feels somewhat burnt out after Christmas. I sat for days not knowing what to do. So now I'm knitting a pair of spiral knit tube socks and a dishcloth shawl. Both super easy and no rushing to get done.
Jan 10, 2017 08:25:32   #
jonibee (a regular here)
 
Usually I use size 7 needles and the stitch cast-on is 41 or more..this gives a good size or go up on your needles.
Jan 10, 2017 08:38:24   #
South Texas Linda
 
Galaxy Knitter wrote:
I'm not burned out! I just bought some beautiful yarn at Newbury Yarns at 2 Milk street in Downtown Crossing in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). I'm going to make a shawl with it! And I want to go back for more... I want to build up my stash so I have yarn when I can't afford it anymore!!! (retirement is coming).



You'll actually have more after retirement because you won't have to buy more dressy expensive clothes and shoes, you'll be eating at home more, no commuting expenses, hair styling and/or makeup expenses will be less often...I've already added up quite a bit that you'll be saving. But you can add to your stash. I did before retiring but retiring has not impacted me. Enjoy yourself and indulge. You've sacrificed lots to get to retirement if you're like me.
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