Can I blame Summer for my drop in crafting motivation?

I think I’ve been hit with the summer blues. Now I don’t mean that desire for the heat and those carefree days whereby we all lounge round a pool doing whatever. I mean feeling down, disinterested and not having the motivation to do the things I often want to do like read, knit and crochet.

I’m struggling and it’s driving me insane because on the quiet days, there is nothing I want to do more than pick up an ongoing project or a book, but as soon as I start it, I put it down. I can’t bring myself to concentrate. And I keep comparing myself to what I was doing this time last year when my crochet motivation ran through the summer like an Olympic sprinter.

I do have a theory, but at the same time, I don’t know if it’s me making excuses.

What is it? Well, I think it is the heat.

We in the UK are having an unusually hot and humid summer. It was nearly 40 degrees centigrade in London last week and normally our highest temperatures are between 30 and 35. That’s also in the south. I’m a Northerner who struggles when it reaches over 25 degrees, so living with the current heat and humidity is more than unpleasant. It’s unbearable.

When I think about that in terms of my crafting and reading, there’s no wonder I haven’t picked up a project or a book for more than 20 minutes a day.

It’s just a nuisance because as a solitary individual who’s not particularly sporty, crochet, knitting and reading are my main interests. They’re what I do to relax and recharge. I also put so much of my energy into them that when I leave them aside for a while, I feel lost. I don’t know what to do with myself. I might stick on a film or TV programme to distract me, but it doesn’t distract my hands which hate being idle.

Can you see the problem?

Maybe I need to find a more amenable craft for the summer months. Any ideas? If you do, I would love to hear your suggestions. If not, I’ll have to try writing again and see whether I can hash out the half-developed stories running round my brain.

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