Creating a plan to build your wardrobe can be very fun and energizing. Rewarding, too, if you stick to it and see your plans come to fruition.
But it can also be stressful if you put too much stake into it. If you’re on social media, you may feel the pressure to “keep up” or produce new handmades all the time.
This post is a reminder to be gentle with yourself. Everyone experiences highs and lows - and that includes motivation to knit! This post will go over common reasons why we lose interest in our plans, and ways to deal with them.
There are many reasons why a plan that you were passionate about 2 months ago now seems daunting, boring, or pointless.
Our style changes
Changes in style happen all the time. In the process of making garments for yourself, you might learn that you prefer a certain amount of ease. There might be a silhouette or construction that you feel drawn to. Any of these could require a new style, meaning you have to go over the foundational wardrobe questions again.
Our bodies change
Illness or injury could limit what kinds of garments you can wear, which might mean that you re-work your plan to include garments that are comfortable. You may discover or develop an allergy to certain fibers, so you’ll have to work those out of your plan.
Our lives change
Maybe you move to a new climate or get a new work situation. These things may prompt you to start wearing different types of garments that you’ll want to account for in your foundational wardrobe questions. Sometimes, the number of hours that we can dedicate to making a new wardrobe changes. If a particularly demanding project comes up at work or your kids are out of school, you may need to adjust how much you plan to be able to make for a certain period.
Our motivation changes
Motivation can be a fickle thing. It comes and goes, and when that happens we should remember that this is a hobby (at least for most knitters) and if we get a little off track, that’s okay. Maybe you feel no motivation to make whatsoever. It can be burnout, depression, etc. It happens to everyone and your plan shouldn’t be a source of stress or pressure when you’re feeling this way.
What to do?
Don’t stick to a plan that doesn’t work for you just because you spent time making it. You are the boss of your plan and can change it any way you want.
Re-work your plan
You can adjust timelines for projects, add, swap out, or subtract patterns in your queue to make it more workable for you.
New plan entirely
Sometimes, a whole new plan is necessary. Start with the foundational wardrobe questions, what resources you have (time, money, tools, materials) and use those as a guide for starting from scratch.
If you’re re-working your plan or coming up with a new plan every month, it’s a good idea to step back and reevaluate your goals or premises
Trash your plan entirely. And don’t come up with a new one.
If you’re feeling stressed by your plan, guilt at not keeping up with it, or any negative feelings about it at all, just stop. Sure, there’s something to be said for discipline and perseverance, but it’s a form of self-care to know when to stop.
Last year, I had a particularly bad bout of knitting burnout and I trashed my year-long plans in October. And it made me feel much better. I like to delete my plans entirely so there’s no looking back.
Have you ever had to change your making plans? Have you lost your will to knit? How did you get through it?