I had been in such a knitting funk since Portland. Had lost all the knitting love and felt meh about all my yarn. De-stashing helped enormously, the stress of all that yarn waiting to be knit paralysed me.
But the main motivating factor was a dear friend in Canada asking me to make her a shawl for her wedding day. Suddenly, yarn was exciting and patterns were exciting and knitting was exciting.
Now I am staying with her in Vancouver and 'proper' winter is also proving an excellent motivation to wield my sticks and string. I realise, of course, that it is not winter in Canada if it is not -22 degrees, but I am finding Vancouver winter quite satisfactory, thank you.