Well, somewhere between that thought and the end of the week, I visited Stef's Crafts with Wool Paper Fabric blog (specifically this post) and I was suddenly prodded to not give in to the slump. And actually to think more intentionally about my crafting. I don't know if it was her mention of Kondoing, or her sweet nephews being interested in her yarn and how she was going to encourage them in that, but somewhere in that post I felt something nudge me. Something that said, "Don't give in to the slump. Not just yet."
Click the image to read an article on ideas for overcoming "the slump".
Now, I'm not saying it's wrong to give in to the slump. There are times when putting our crafts away for a time is exactly the thing we need to do. Maybe we just want to embrace the slump for a while. Go right ahead. No guilt required.
But I knew what was going on with me was something I didn't want to give in to. Not just yet, anyway. :) So I started thinking of how I could be intentional about things.
Well, first of all, I decided to dust off an old project. It was so close to being finished, but for some reason I hadn't wanted to face it for the last six months. When I finally got it out and found my place again, it was oh so quick to finish.
I've nicknamed it Pineapple Square Doily. If you'd prefer to know it by its given name, it's the one and only #11 in the book, 99 Little Doilies.
While I had to find my thread fingers again (you know... like you have to find your land legs after being on the water for a while, my fingers had to get use to working with thread after crocheting with worsted and bulky yarn for six months). But once I did, this little cheerful doily finished up pretty quickly.
Then, I decided to stop being picky about what to do with that pink yarn I was struggling with last week and just make another C2C baby blanket and call it good. C2C makes a pretty pattern in a solid color yarn:
So what if I just made one in blue? 😉
And I stopped waffling over what two yarns to combine in a knitted scarf I want to make. I settled on a thick yarn (Red Heart With Love) and an odd single skein of RH Unforgettable self-striping yarn. I put them together and I'm now a quarter of the way finished with that project.
All of a sudden I'm out of my slump and on a roll. I'm already looking at doily patterns and wondering what I'll do next. I don't know how long this will last, but for now, the slump has slithered away!
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