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!

10 thoughts on “GABMAL Update

  1. Thanks for creating such an amazing project that has made me more excited about knitting than I have been in years, double knitting is a new skill that I have been able to add to my 40 new things before I turn 40 list.
    Well done for being honest and brave enough to choose what is best for you, you are awesome!

  2. I have loved watching the delightful squares you have created. I do not knit so the Make Along doesn’t apply to me. I also suffer from anxiety and can fully understand your decision. I commend you for doing what is best for you. Bravo!

  3. Thank you for a wonderful project. I think you are making the right decision in putting your own health first. I look forward to making this project in the new year.

  4. GABMAL should be a joy to all of us, but especially to you, who worked hard to create and share it with us! We don’t want any more stress in your life, we’ll just watch for the patterns when they become available. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  5. I understand your anxiety with time deadlines. I can’t join a CAL that wants you to show your completed part x to get the next part because I have what they’ve been calling situational anxiety and must stay at a slow, easy pace that “could” be construed as chaotic. People also ask why don’t I sell what I make and that also feeds my anxiety, what if someone finds a stitch wrong, what if, what if, I don’t deal with rejection well, anxiety rears up. So be peaceful, keep your own chaos comfort, I’m sure we will all be here 🙂

  6. You do what you need to do for you. We all appreciate this wonderful pattern you’ve shared with us. For myself I am still on A so I’m no exactly on schedule:). Thank you for introducing me to double knitting, I have a new love.

  7. Good choice. Glad you are still posting the charts. Crochet has been a lifesaver for me, but definitely without the deadline pressure. Keep happy and healthy xx

  8. You do what is best for you! Great choice, don’t put yourself under more stress!!

    Thank you for still posting the patterns for us. It’s such an amazing thing you do.

    Thank you!

    I hope you feel a bit better soon now that you’ve let go of this kind of stress.

  9. Thanks for sharing, AND for taking on such a large project. I really appreciate the time and effort put into creating this awesome blanket plan. I hope that this decision reduces your stress levels and that we can all appreciate each others’ finished projects.

  10. Thank you so much for posting your why. I’m sure that besides helping people understand why you are demoting the project, you are helping someone else who is struggling make a decision to take care of themselves. Thank you for doing what you do and being who you are.

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