The always lovely Jenna over at Hard Knit Life nominated me for a little blog hop – so let’s hop to it!
Um. I don’t know. I’m still a bit undecided about what I’m going to tackle as my next big project. And when in doubt – pick up some socks and stockinette to your heart’s desire. I’m hoping it gets some of those creative juices flowing and brings me some inspiration (… as in, I will get tired of all of the stockinette and finally decide on a more exciting and ambitious project to take on.)
- How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not sure I can think of specific ways I try to differ from other knitters or bloggers, but I can ramble on about what I find appealing or inspiring in my work. First, color! I love working with color and trying to find great color combinations. I have been trying recently to push myself to try new colors that I wouldn’t commonly find myself working with: greens, oranges, blues. Discovering new color passions can be very rewarding and inspiring. I also find that I am drawn to classic shapes or concepts, but done in slightly unexpected ways. I feel that many “uninitiated” people still think of knitting as old-fashioned or just a way to make a hat and a scarf. They don’t realize that the cool cropped cardigan they bought last weekend is an example of a knit – it can be coo,and hand knitting gives you so much more control over the style, color, pattern, fit, etc. So I try to play with those ideas and make things I think of as unexpected knits, but still stylish and beautiful.
- Why do I write/create what I do?
I first go into crochet and knitting because I needed a way to release stress in university. Now, I’ve been doing it so long, I feel incompete, like something is missing, if I don’t have a project going. I find the creative process to be a nice release and escape. I can’t worry about work deadlines or other stresses if I have kept my brain busy trying to master new techniques and push myself creatively. The activity itself is one driving factor, but let’s be honest – it feels great to accomplish something and have others appreciate the time, effort, and skill that has gone into a project. Some times if I’m wearing something I’m especially proud of, it takes a lot of effort to not just say, “Why, yes, I did make this amazing feat of human creativity.” to anyone who even just glances at me. I’ve discovered Facebook is a great place for a little ego stroking if you need a place for a little bragging.
- How does my writing/creating process work?
It all starts with that little spark of inspiration. Sometimes it’s the yarn, lots of times it’s the pattern. Whatever takes hold of me in that moment, I’m run with it. Even if I might be in the middle of something else. (Sorry WIP basket. I’ll get back to you… soon.) I firmly believe that the greatness of creativity is passion. Do what you are passionate about, in that moment. If I’m not working on something I love (or will love when it’s finished), it’s not worth my time and effort. So I jump in head first. Sometimes it works out (like teaching myself to knit one Sunday afternoon), a few times it doesn’t (frogged yarn is just extra loved because you didn’t want it to waste away in an obsolete project). But as long as I’m having a good time and pushing myself, I’m happy. That’s how the process works – stay happy.