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My Cro-jo’s Under the Weather…

Where has my Crojo gone?

Well, it has been two weeks since I put a photo on Instagram or even picked up my crochet hook. What is wrong with me? This is unnatural for me. The thing is, I just haven’t felt myself… and I don’t know why. I’ve been having a think about why I feel like this, and I thought I’d share my thoughts.

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I want to be honest with you guys, and I want to share with you the good parts; but also the not so good. Social media means that a lot of us only get to see edited parts of each other’s lives, the tidy work-spaces, and uncluttered surfaces. Blemish-free skin and picture-perfect angles. This is all OK, and why would you want to share something that is not perfect?

Why would you want to share with your followers when you’re not feeling yourself? I’m scared that this post will prompt a bad reaction – but I don’t want to be fake, and I think it’s important for us, as a community (that is generally really supportive and kind) to be honest with each other.

This is kind of a therapy ramble, and I’m hoping that I’ll feel better after writing everything and getting it out. I may regret it once I’ve published though.

Maybe it’s just January blues… but here are the things that I think are bothering me.

  1. I am on a diet (*lifestyle change*) eating mostly raw fruits and vegetables, and fresh foods. I have cut down the takeaways and the chocolates, no longer buying microwave meals and pre-packaged lunches. Opting for fruit and salad, whole grains and home-cooked food. This is absolutely brilliant for me; and I don’t want to turn it into a negative. Although I’m half feeling like I have more energy and half feeling drained and tired. I think my body is just going through a trans-formative period of figuring out that it needs to take it’s energy from different sources. I definitely feel refreshed and ‘lighter’ (not in a weight sense) and I know that what I am doing is so good for my health and happiness.
  2. All the CALs… How many CALs are there this month? I already have too many WIPs, but recently I’ve felt overwhelmed by the amount of CALs I’m participating in and struggling to keep up. I currently have 2 WIPs for the OneSkeinWonderlandCAL, a shawl for the Olannandcrisscrosscal, and the Woodland CAL blanket… and a pair of socks I started a while back… and after counting how many WIPs I have all together, I feel overwhelmed. When I’m splitting all my time between 5 projects; it is hard to see any progress on any singular project. Also after having the Christmas break, and enjoying the time off crafting, I feel like my productivity has drastically reduced and pretty much come to a halt.
  3. SADs… well January has been cold, wet and miserable. The days are grey and drizzly, frosty and damp. The day’s are short, and the evenings even shorter. How am I supposed to feel optimistic, creative and energetic when the weather has such a draining effect on my mood?

I think I need to finish a WIP to feel better. I know this sounds silly, but I think when I finish something, I’ll feel like I have accomplished something and achieved something small. I think this will trigger an upwards spiral to feeling more myself. When I finish one WIP, it will be one less WIP on the list, and one less project to split my time between.

My plan is to forget keeping up with the Woodland CAL, and put it to the side until I finish my Cosy Stripe Blanket. It is a lovely blanket and the colours are stunning, however the stitch is slow-going, with every other row a row of dc in the front loop only. Much slower than both the Cosy Stripe and the Moorland CAL blanket. Quite frankly, I’m putting too much pressure on myself to keep-up with the weekly installments despite the fact I’m doing my own colour order. This is a WIP that I can pick up any time, so for now, it is getting put away until I have fewer WIPs on my list.

I am going to leave the Simple Shawl I am knitting for the OneSkeinWonderlandCAL, and concentrate on the Triangle Infinity Scarf (which seems to be taking me forever!) – I think because it is single ply… In fact, I am going to make my aim for the rest of January to finish the triangle infinity scarf and put my other WIPs on hold. I want to finish the cowl, then my second sock… which means that I have the Cross Cross Shawl, and the Simple Shawl left as working-WIPs. (With only 4 days left of January, I doubt I’ll even finish the triangle scarf… but at least February should start with a FO.

In February,  I’m going to concentrate on the Cosy Stripe Blanket and the Fruit Salad TV Blanket. Generally just trying to reduce the number of WIPs I have on my list to reduce the stress. Hahaa. I think I should never have counted all of my unfinished projects…

Today I’m spending the day at Liverpool Central Library with Katie. I’ve brought all of my to-dos with me, and I’m hoping some productivity will cure me. I have 2 new crochet magazines with me, Crochet Now & Simply Crochet, and I have commissions with me to work on. Lots of wool packed into a suitcase, and #OneSkeinWonderlandCAL admin to catch up on. 🙂 I am feeling positive about today – and I hope I can put the last fortnight behind me.

How do you get your Cro-jo back? If you have any tips please let me know! It’s making me feel so odd not crocheting constantly. Maybe the break is good… but It’s making me anxious. I hope I didn’t over-share in this blog post – I didn’t want to be depressing and moany. But I wanted to be honest with you guys, and I thought you may be able to help…

Love Charlie, Xx

6 thoughts on “My Cro-jo’s Under the Weather…

  1. Be kind to yourself , you would be to others , take time , relax , breathe and Enjoy each day , crochet will come back in your life , till then just have fun x x x

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    1. I’m so glad you posted this – my cro-jo is gone too. Part of it’s the overwhelming amount of yarn I have. (Yes, you can have too much yarn!) I have too many WIP too, & it’s all just a mess. I’m starting to organize my yarn better today, & maybe that will help. Hugs…

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  2. I think that it sounds so normal in the circumstances. Crochet represents so much to you…it’s part of your future plans, it’s your link to a community that is now a big part of your life, it’s a link to your grandmother and it’s your hobby and relaxation! I think that maybe because of that, if you have anything else going on ( SAD or new diet) it must seem overwhelming to have to give so much energy to crochet too. It can feel like a full time job and you already have one of those! I think it’s a very good idea to just choose a couple of CALs and to finish something. It’s just good psychology! You sound very self aware so I suspect that if, like someone already said, you are kind to yourself and do what you plan to do, your cro jo will come flooding back! I also think you’re right about the honesty thing. It’s good to show all parts of the journey.

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  3. Sorry to hear you’re feeling under par, lovely, and thank you for being so open and honest about it. A great post. I totally understand the feeling of overwhelm and the need to retreat a bit. Good for you for changing your diet – you will reap dividends. I cleaned up my diet a few years ago and it has made an enormous difference to my health. As for your cro-jo, it’ll come back – just work on anything that takes your fancy, and don’t beat yourself up for leaving some wips to languish for a while. Emma xxx

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  4. You’ll be fine. It’s the self imposed pressure! You’re doing the right thing and will come out the other side. All the social media stuff; the blogging, IG, YouTube, it eats into the other time and getting the balance right is key. As is sticking two fingers up at it all when necessary! My house is a shit hole, I burn dinners frequently and can’t find clean pants for my kids because I’m editing, writing, or busting out a commission etc. No one quite gets it right and none of it really matters. Unless you properly burn the house down cos you left the frying pan on. (And I actually do look after my children properly, I promise)

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