Note: I normally blog about knitting tips and such… This isn’t that. It’s about getting out of a slump… by sorting out your knitting stuff. Stick with me on this…
Have you ever felt like you’re in a slump? I’m sure you have; I think it is an unpleasant life experience that most of us go through every now and again.
I wish I could say that when this happens, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I can always implement to pull me up by my bootstraps and get myself feeling tip top again. I wish I knew exactly how to get out of a slump. Alas, that is not the case.
When I get in a slump, I tend to stay there.
I become a piece of the furniture in slump-land. I mope around feeling sorry for myself, hoping to goodness that sooner or later Father Time will bring me out of it. Which he always does of course… Eventually. I’ll be honest, it kinda sucks. And I wish I had more about me than to just sit around whining about it.
Sometimes, I’ll even think I’ve come out of it. I’ll have a really productive day and I’ll start feeling great. Then the next day I wake up back in the middle of Slump-City.
So why I am I rambling on about this? Well, just recently I may as well have been the MAYOR of Slump-City.
This growing a person malarky is not as hurdle free as I expected. I’m currently dealing with something called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, or PoTS for short (yeah, I hadn’t heard of it either). This basically means that when I stand up for any length of time, my heart rate shoots up and I start to get palpitations, feel seriously faint and very breathless. It’s had me pretty much out of action and feeling super sorry for myself, especially as cleaning is usually the one sure-fire thing I can do to improve my mood. I can’t do that when I can’t stand up, as I’m sure you can imagine!
I felt like my world was getting more and more cluttered and messy around me, and as a result, my brain was cluttered and messy too, and I felt terrible. This has been going on for weeks. This past week I decided enough was enough, and I spent a good hour or two with pen and a big sheet of paper, and I just spewed my brain out onto it. (In this moment I realised how awesome a Pensieve, Harry Potter style would be.)
After doing a massive brain dump of all the things that I need to do that have been cluttering up my mind, I started ordering it into to do lists under different categories; home, personal, business, baby, to buy.
Organising Your Knitting Stuff
One of the biggest areas of my home that had got super cluttered was my craft space. After finding out we were expecting, it became important to destash my stash and move my craft space into our small dining room, so our craft room could become the nursery. In this process, everything just became a huge mess. My knitting needles were spread all over, there were random bags of yarn in every room of the house, and I honestly just didn’t know where to find anything.
Yesterday, I decided to tackle that problem.
I sorted my knitting needles into separate groups:
- Interchangeable Circular Needles
- Straight Needles
- Double Pointed Needles
- Crochet Hooks (Not knitting needles, I know, but you get what I mean)
Each type of knitting needle has its own roll, so I know exactly where to find them, and they are organised by size. All of my crochet hooks are in one pot, again so I know exactly where to find them when I need them.
I then went on to sort all of my notions. Again, I had lots, many which I didn’t need, and they were all in different places. I used one plastic divider tray to organise all my stitch markers, blocking pins, buttons and more. I also have a small plastic divider for all of my dolls eyes.
After sorting all of my knitting tools into easy to access places, I sorted out my yarn. Boy oh boy, this was one hell of a job.
I have whittled down my yarn stash just to the few yarns that I really love. I have sold and donated over 70 yarns! Yes, SEVENTY yarns!!
After deciding which yarns I was going to keep, I wound them all into centre pull yarn cakes using my ball winder. This makes them easier to store and easier to knit with. It’s a bit of an arm workout, and certainly not the most fun job in the world, but with a couple of episodes of Vampire Diaries and a cup of tea, it went by a little more smoothly. For more information on ball winders, read this blog post I wrote here.
Now, all of my yarns and knitting tools fit into one wire chest of drawers from IKEA (this one, to be precise). I have a box especially for my WIPS to keep them neat and free of dog hair, and my crochet hooks just sit on my shelving system in their little jar ready to grab as I need them!
It might seem a little ridiculous, but clearing out this space has given me so much clarity. I feel like I’ve actually accomplished something, and I can sit down in my little craft space and actually enjoy working there again.
Basically, what I’m saying is that clearing out your craft space, or your space in general, will not guarantee you get out of your slump… But it definitely could help, and is definitely worth a try!
Now just to tick the rest of the things off of my list! I really do believe the cure to a slump is self-care and action.
The more you do, the more you build up momentum, and the more productive you feel. I find that the more productive I feel, the more inspired I feel. Being a creative isn’t easy. Being a pregnant creative is really really not easy. But it’s worth it.
Remember, moving forward means taking it one step at a time.