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Jan 10, 2017 15:55:35   #
Tigerfrilly
 
I used the knit everyday, every opportunity I got, but I haven't picked up my needles for nearly a year now. I've tried lots to encourage myself but I just can't get back in to it. I have just lost all my knitting confidence. The trouble is I still miss it loads. I am sure I felt much more content within myself, happier even, with needles in my hands, and am just praying I get back to where I was :-(
 
Jan 10, 2017 15:58:19   #
levsgirl
 
Please don't give up!!!! Pick your needles up anyway and knit a swatch. It will give the "feel" of the needles. I've been there and I know for a fact that you are just rusty. Do it now . . . I double dare you!! You WILL feel better. Happy New Year and blessings on you and your knitting, my friend. Michelle in Texas, USA
Jan 10, 2017 16:01:26   #
Sherryc (a regular here)
 
Oh, gee, that's terrible. You might try looking at patterns, maybe that would give you the push you need to get you started again if you found something you just had to knit, either for yourself or someone else. Hope you get back in the mood soon.
Jan 10, 2017 16:09:03   #
bbk (a regular here)
 
Son't give up! Pick a simple pattern and just go with it. Knit whenever you feel like it without any pressure. I went through a slump las fall and am back at it now.
Jan 10, 2017 16:18:39   #
dragonfly7673
 
Do you know what started the slump? Is it just knitting or is it other things? (only asking because if it's other things too, it might be something deeper) If it's only knitting, maybe try a new technique, or do something else creative. paint, draw, tat, whittle...

you did say you lost your confidence, if you are just worried about messing up... don't worry about it. It's sticks and strings, very few things give you the chance for do-overs like knitting, so even if you mess up, just rip it out and try again. nothing lost but time. But time spent learning is never really lost.
Jan 10, 2017 16:19:46   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
Their is so many amazing cloth pattern's to pick from (way to nice to be dishcloths) maybe make a start on one of them :)
 
Jan 10, 2017 16:24:21   #
Tigerfrilly
 
I keep carrying my knitting bag around with me upstairs and then downstairs but I never actually open the bag and get the needles out. I should just go for it eh ...
Jan 10, 2017 16:25:39   #
charlieandrus
 
Tigerfrilly wrote:
I used the knit everyday, every opportunity I got, but I haven't picked up my needles for nearly a year now. I've tried lots to encourage myself but I just can't get back in to it. I have just lost all my knitting confidence. The trouble is I still miss it loads. I am sure I felt much more content within myself, happier even, with needles in my hands, and am just praying I get back to where I was :-(


I got that way about quilting after 10-12 years of it. Just couldn't make myself start and/or finish another project. Then I started taking kitting lessons and am happy doing just that. So maybe just a switch to a different type of hobby for a while would be good for you. Good luck finding your way.
Jan 10, 2017 16:51:55   #
Sjlegrandma (a regular here)
 
I did that after my husband died. Just didnt feel creative. One day something caught my eye that I just had to make and I haven't stopped since. That was 26 years ago! I hope you can get back to it soon.
Jan 10, 2017 16:56:35   #
Tigerfrilly
 
I hope so too. I can't explain why I feel like this but I hope it passes soon
Jan 10, 2017 16:59:49   #
MaryCarter (a regular here)
 
Sad to hear that.....I notice you have a toddler on your knee, so that might explain it. Perhaps you are too mentally/physically tired to bother at the moment. I love my grandsons to bits, but after just having them for five days straight while on a family holiday I was exhausted. You have to keep them amused for every hour they are awake. Perhaps if you just stick to browsing knitting books, or mags, or your pattern pile for a while you might feel better. You can still love it that way, until you get your strength (mojo) back. I had two very demanding babies/toddlers, and I was always both physically and mentally exhausted, especially once they got to toddler stage. I went down to 6 1/2 stone and people were saying I was anorexic, but it was just exhaustion.
 
Jan 10, 2017 17:46:21   #
luree (a regular here)
 
Pick up them needles even something small will do!
Jan 10, 2017 17:57:01   #
Daisybel
 
I'm sure it will pass when it feels like it. Suddenly you'll have the urge to knit again. It's happened to me several times. Can you take up anything else to keep your fingers busy until the knitting urge returns? If you try to force it to return it will stay away longer. When it happens to me I do more housework than usual and that is so ghastly the knitting urge comes back quite quickly ...
Jan 10, 2017 18:50:45   #
Yarn Happy (a regular here)
 
I have had it happen too, and it does come back. You will see something (usually yarn) something beautiful and you will just want it and want to make it. Not possible to spend much time on this site, looking at pictures, without the bug biting you again.
Jan 10, 2017 19:04:06   #
CBB
 
I didn't knit for years and years. I had kids in my late thirties, was the sole support of a family of four, and just had no creative energy. It may not be confidence that you've lost, just the energy to start. Do something small, that won't take a lot of time, and take as long as you want to finish it. Go to wherever you buy yarn, and look at and touch what's available. Or, if you still have stash, dive in and find something you want in your hands, regardless of whether you had planned to do something else with it. Try not to overthink what you want to do -- that is one of my biggest bugaboos. Above all, don't get discouraged. It happens to all of us, from time to time. Good luck, and happy blessings.
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