My Creative Inspirations

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Recently, I was asked by lovely Melody (Mandarine’s is her blog and it is absolutely stunning!) to participate in a fun blog hop and answer some questions about inspirations, creative processes, and why I do what I do!

I thought these questions were really interesting and I enjoyed answering them! They questions that are really intriguing to think about!

Question 1: What am I working on?

Sadly, I know I could go on for days talking about the things I have on the needles. But being in college and having my solid knitting time pretty much chopped in half (if not more! *sad face*) I’ve become more monogamous (though not 100%.. or even 80%, haha!) So, I mainly consider things I’m working on things that I’m always thinking about, and are in rotation of what I might bring with me to class or not (depending the size :-P) I’m working on the Bellows Cardigan as a KAL with my mom; the Monte Rosa hat pattern, and a Tunisian crochet blanket.

I also have some pattern ideas in mind… I’m feeling the need to make some mittens, but with flaps for the thumbs and fingers. Because its impossible to text with mittens on! Which is sad, because if you have adorable handspun mittens you knit and you have text messages to answer, you have to constantly take them on and off! Which only results in cold hands, haha. I know there are patterns out there with these design elements. But none of them seemed to fit the gauge I wanted or the construction didn’t make sense! I’m really excited about this! I love the look of handspun mittens, and I definitely have more than enough handspun to make multiple pairs :-P

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Question 2: How does my work differ from others?

I wouldn’t say that my work is so much different than anyone else’s. Everyone crafts in their own way, unique to themselves. Same thing with writing, people write in a way that is special to them! One thing that may set me apart (though there are a lot of us out there) is my age and how that affects how I approach crafting and writing. Not a good or bad a thing, but something that definitely affects what I do!

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Question 3: Why do I write/create what I do?

To me, knitting, crocheting, spinning, any kind of crafting, is a form of art, its a form of expression (a wooly wonderful form of expression :-P) Knitting and writing are things that are familiar and comfortable to me. I go to them when I need Me Time or need to cool my jets. The idea of having something that I’ve made and can use when I’m done! Theres nothing quite as comforting has going to take a hard test or do something difficult with having a hand knit cowl or sweater (or both!) on. Knitting can have memories woven into each stitch. Good ones, bad ones… Both are encouraging! The good ones for obvious reasons, haha. But also the bad ones because you can look back and see what you’ve gone through, how you made out alive, despite the tremendous difficulty… reminding you that its not the end of the story! The project is finished… you survived! I wear some of my cowls and sweaters and am reminded that God is faithful, He brought me through my hard times.

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Question 4: How does my writing/creative process work?

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself to be inspired by more and more things… big and little! It could be anything like groups of colors together, something in nature, pictures of knitting, things people have made or more seemingly-random things like reactions of people I’ve observed, sounds or music, or things I’ve read! Another thing I do when I write, is I try and write in a way that is similar to the way I talk (minus the occasional grammatical errors :-P) I, personally, enjoy reading blogs that write in a conversational manner. So, I try and write in a way that seems more like a chat that might be happening at a yarn store during a knit group :-)

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Thanks again to Melody for inviting me to do the blog hop… even though I’m almost a week late (this past week was absolutely insane with school. So many things due and tests!!) This was a little glimpse into my creative process!

Being creative is such a joyful and happy thing. Its fun to see how everyone does it differently!

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(picture taken at Yarntopia! If you’re in the Katy, Texas area, check it out!!)

That knitting procrastination…

My Featherweight Cardigan is about 95% done!

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I’m soooo close to being done. I’ve even woven in all the ends. Its completely done. Except the collar. Which I still have around 2″ left to knit.

The cause of this procrastination is pretty obvious. There are a couple reasons… One of them being school, getting back into the swing of things. The other one being that I cast on Tea with Jam and Bread which hijacked my time (I mean, it went so quickly! It was knitter’s gratification heaven! You can’t blame me! Why knit an inch on something on US4 needles, when you can whip out half sweater on US8 in the same amount of time? Note: thats an exaggeration. But you get the idea.)

But after I finish Bolt, my bring-along-to-class/large group project, my Featherweight will take its place.

I’ve gotten a lot done on Bolt over the past couple of days. I’m on the home stretch now… all it is right now is decreasing a stitch every couple rows for a long time. I really like the shape of it… I think the whole boomerang shape will be really easy to wear and keep on.

Haha, it seems like no matter what I always encounter knitting procrastination of some sort on all my projects. Whether it has to do with weaving in ends, knitting the last little bit on a sleeve, seaming things together, blocking it, ooor knitting those last 2″ of the collar.

Its so easy to get distracted by new patterns and new yarns. Also old patterns with old yarn. Or whatever shows up, if its knitting related… its easy to get distracted by it :-P