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Doldrums (plural noun)  1 a) low spirits; dull, gloomy, listless feeling  b) sluggishness or complete inactivity; stagnation

Every year I tell myself that this time it will be different, and every year it happens again. Autumn, with all the warmth and momentum of summer behind it, always seems to promise great things for the winter to come. The memories of cold and darkness have lost their sharpness in the heat of a Midwestern summer, and as the days grow shorter and colder, I rejoice to once again don my hand-knitted items that have lain dormant for so many months. December passes, and my knitting drive remains strong–and then comes January.

Ah, January…. For me, it’s the most despicable month of the year. I would remove it from the calendar if I could (I know it doesn’t work that way, but I can dream). Since I can’t, I hibernate. Don’t get me wrong–I still maintain my regular routines, but my heart just isn’t in any of them, and that includes knitting. My knitting drive always drops off abruptly at the beginning of January and doesn’t return until early February. During that time, it’s as if my inner Knitter–indeed, my inner Self–requires a period of hibernation. This hibernation, in turn, is invariably followed by a sudden explosion of motivation and creativity. As the sun returns, so does my desire to knit and do.

So, what I suppose I’m getting at is this: I’m sorry, dear Readers, that you haven’t heard from me in a while, but January is over, spring is just around the corner, and there are good things to come (including some new patterns)!

Stay tuned, and happy stitching!