Has anyone else out there ever been overwhelmed by their knitting? I am not just talking about having to finish a bunch of projects by Christmas. I am talking about complete knitting burn-out.
Before we moved to Wisconsin this fall I had (gasp!) not one, not two, but three WIPs! As a monogamous knitter this was completely astounding. I can only account for it by blaming some extra anxiety that triggered some start-itis before the big move. By the time we got settled I was glad to have some time to sit and knit but then I became overwhelmed by the number of things on my needles.
I forced myself to complete one project after another. First, my Spector sweater, then my Pandemic CAL blanket, and finally my Cozy Autumn Socks I promised my mom. Eventually, I was back down to only one project and didn’t feel so overwhelmed by the number of projects I hadn’t yet finished.
I still had a problem. I simply had too much time to knit. I know it sounds like blasphemy. As an obsessed knitter I didn’t think that kind of threshold even existed. My husband went off to work every morning and I slept in a little and then started knitting. Somewhere along the way it started to feel like work. Ultimately, I ended up dreading even looking at my knitting bag. I spend days wandering the house just avoiding my knitting and also pretty much avoiding everything else. I was miserable.
I knew moving someplace where I didn’t know a soul would be lonely and challenging but I wasn’t counting on not being able to find solace in my knitting. It had always helped before. Finally, it dawned on me that I was burned out and I needed to find something else to fill my time.
As a teacher I was unsure about heading back to the classroom. Having finished last school year and begun this one teaching in the uncertainty of a pandemic my original plan was to look for work in the fall when hopefully things were a little more normal. As the weeks passed and I started to resent my knitting I finally came to the conclusion I needed to find a teaching job.
Thankfully, special education teachers are in-demand everywhere. I was hired almost as soon as I applied. I start working full time again on January 4th. Now that my time at home 24/7 has an end date my knitting doesn’t feel like so much of a chore. I have a limited amount of time to enjoy my craft and I can relax and knit without feeling burned out.