Every now and then we all need something to remind us why we love the things we love. As a Knitter and Crocheter it is easy to get caught up in the latest patterns, the beautiful yarns, the newest magazine. Even selecting a project can become taxing- the right size, the perfect color, the exact gauge, the functionality, the wearability, the durability.
Sometimes we crafters just need to make something. To feel the yarn glide through our fingers, to relish the feeling of creating.
Sometimes we need to be spontaneous. To let our creative spirits guide us. Remember when you first started? Everything inspired you. All you wanted to do was cast on, start a foundation chain.
Every now and again it is good for us to throw care aside. To momentarily neglect the ever-growing pile of works-in-progress and unfinished objects. To dive into our stash, pull out something, and begin.
I have to thank Jennifer Ackermann-Haywood her quarterly magazine CraftSanity for the opportunity to do just that. The moment I saw this post I was exceptionally inspired. I'm not sure if was the color, the way she wears this blanket as a shawl, or the quintessential modern-granniness of it. Whatever the reason, I was head over heals in love. I was feeling inspired and did not allow myself to dampen my inspiration with excuses of too many projects, too much to do.
I finished my lovely Willow Doily Blanket in just about a week, and I am ecstatic over it. I love snuggling under it in the chilly mornings with my coffee and during the chilly evenings with my book or another project.
As kind of an aside- go check out CraftSanity, it really is great. You can purchase a paper copy or a digital download. There is something very fresh about it, something that seems to get back to the roots of why we do it all in the first place.
** Yes, I have been away for a long time. Yes I am still doing Project Spectrum and am on a yarn diet. I could have written an apology post, or an excuse post. But I had my reasons to be away. I am well, my family is well and most importantly....I'm back.