After finishing the hat, I dug out some yarn from my stash that I bought in Norway last year. I wanted to make some Norwegian style mittens with stranded colors and found a pattern I thought I would like. I could not get into the knitting, though. I was worried they were coming out too small, didn't love the pattern / design and the project sat on my coffee table for weeks without any progress.
I knew what was going to happen. I would force myself to finish it (just like I do when I'm reading a book I don't really like). Then I would wonder why I wasted my time on it. And since this was mitten 1 of 2, I would never start the second one (I have a mitten or two in my stash like this already -- finished one, never got to the second one. Maybe I should just wear mismatched mittens?)
This week I finally decided to scrap the project and try something different. Instead of trying again with that yarn, I splurged on some new yarn from Purl Soho for two new projects.
I'm going to use Mulberry Merino for a spring scarf. I'm hoping that it will be the perfect accessory for my April trip to France.
I also bought a bundle of Linen Quill in four different colors for a baby blanket.
Both yarns are so soft and beautiful that I almost decided to cast on two projects at once. But my trip to France is coming before the baby so I started that off first. It was fun to start knitting something I'm excited about again instead of forcing myself to finish a project I didn't want to knit.
How do you get out of your knitting ruts?