The short version of this post: I’ve decided to cancel the weekly schedule for GABMAL pattern releases.
The long version?
Today is World Mental Health Day. Many of you know that I live with General Anxiety Disorder–I’ve written about this in the past. It’s neither good nor bad…it’s just the way my brain is wired.
I was officially diagnosed with GAD in late 2018, but my anxious days go back much further. Personally, I find crocheting and knitting to be incredibly relaxing and a wonderful source of stress release, and my crafting time works wonders to manage my anxiety.
Unfortunately, it can also be a source of anxiety.
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that I have started to feel apathetic about some of my current long-term projects, including the Geek Alphabet Blanket Make Along. It’s not that I’ve lost my knitting mojo (my kojo?)–I still very much enjoy working on this project! I think this apathy, and the growing anxiety I’m feeling, is more related to trying to hold myself to a strict timeline for this project.
I’ve decided to cancel the weekly schedule of posts for the GABMAL pattern releases.
This means that this project has been “demoted” if you will from GABMAL to simply GAB–it is no longer a Make Along.
Over the next several days, I’ll be posting all of the charts for the squares on the main GABMAL page. You can download the charts soon. I’ll also be updating that page to reflect the schedule cancellation and “demotion” of this project. When my squares are finished–which will hopefully be in April–I’ll post a tutorial on how to join them (I’m still trying to figure out how I want to do that…).
Rest assured, I am not giving up on this blanket! I am more than halfway through the G for Gondor square, and I am head-over-heels in love with how it is turning out!
There’s only a couple more months to the year, and I want to make sure that I can still pick up my hooks and needles with joy, not stress. To that end, I doubt there will be any more Make Along projects in 2019.
However, I know how excited I can get about new projects, so I anticipate there might be a tiny Make Along scheduled in the early new year…
If you’ve read all the way to the end of this post, gold star for you, friend! I appreciate your understanding. I hope that all of you are able to leave stress behind when picking up your knitting needles and crochet hooks!