But I'm thinking again about knitting -- how to SEE what's in our world, how to knit what we see. I'm always drawn to amazing textures and colors when I'm travelling. So take some pictures! When you look at them later, you can almost always find something that's knittable. For example:
Look at the amazing colors and shapes in this cornice over a door in Stillwater, Minnesota. Double it in your mind's eye so that it's a complete circle with a square around it. You can knit this. There are checkerboard corners in the square, a blue stripe running through the center, gorgeous terra cotta (some kind of raised stitch), and a design to undertake in knits, purls, and elongated stitches -- or maybe embroidery when done. It could be the front and back of a tee!!!
Or how about this?
This, too, can be knitted -- what a wonderful exercise in blocking -- charcoal to black, taupe-y gray, some kind of broken copper line running across the piece connecting the blocks, a seed stitch divider where you see post tops. TEXTURE!!!!
Do this kind of thing sometime. You will feel MUCH less like jumping off a cliff when it's unbearably hot, or when you're too tired for words, or when you can't find anything at all to knit. You can always find something to knit -- or crochet. It's in the mind's eye.