Two weeks ago – on November 9th – I finished Katie’s mouse!
he is so cute!
I considered making a pair of socks next, so I spent some time reading the pattern and trying to understand what I was going to be doing. I’ve never knitted socks before and there are some nuances to it that I am unfamiliar with. I started knitting a gauge swatch for it, since this would be an item that actually has to fit properly, but haven’t finished that step yet.
Part of the reason is because that same week, one of our kitties knocked over a glass of water onto my computer and it stopped working. Since I was more interested in researching, finding, and buying a new computer in my free time, I didn’t really do a lot of creative things or worry about updating this blog. However, I am now happily typing this out on my new (to me) refurbished 11″ MacBook Air!
Yesterday, one of my favorite people was visiting and she asked me to show her how to crochet again – she used to do it, and I knew from personal experience that picking it up again would be like riding a bike, she just needed to be shown a few things and then her muscle memory would take over, which it did. So she is now off and running! In the process, I started working on a new project myself – a “potato chip” ruffle scarf (in a mustard yellow yarn). I will update it’s progress here and in the project page I now have for it in my Ravelry account.
So, as you can see, my AEDM aspirations haven’t panned out as hoped. However, I am still feeling like I get more time in for creative things than I was before – and really, that is all that matters.
So far, I think I am most interested in moving into the realm of just making “something” every day. Not a specific medium or theme, just – something. Anything. But what does that mean, exactly? There have to be some kind of parameters in place, or else this just won’t work. So, I am going to define “something” as one of the following creative acts:
- Working on a knitting, crocheting, sewing or needlepoint project
- Creating a sketch/drawing/painting using pencil, charcoal, pen, colored pencil, pastel, paint, etc.
- Working on writing of some kind – even if it’s just coming up with ideas and outlines – such as fictional stories or poetry
- Taking a creatively framed photograph, or series of photographs
- Designing using graphic design software or tools (such as using my Wacom tablet or Adobe software)
- Creating a recipe of my own design when cooking or baking
- Writing and/or recording original music using sheet music, the keyboard, or computer software
- Writing a blog post about something other than one of these other items (that’s right, blogging itself will be considered a creative act, if it contains my original thoughts about a topic)
Of course, there may be other ways in which I am creative on a given day that don’t fall into this list, and I will be open to finding new ways to expand my horizons and discover new formats, so this is not an exhaustive list. I just wanted to start with something, a list of ideas to get my creative juices flowing. When I feel stuck, I will have somewhere to look to say “just do one of these things” and not have an excuse to skip a day.
On that note, I decided to set up a “Creativity Bag” that would contain the tools for some of these kinds of this – kind of like how I keep a gym bag in my car so that I can’t really get away with not going to the gym, seeing as I have everything I need easily available to me. It’s the same concept – I have a bunch of tools for creating in one place so that all I have to do is grab it and decide which item(s) to use. Currently, my bag contains: the scarf I am knitting (and related items), a sketchbook, a box of pencils/charcoal/erasers etc., a notebook for writing stories and poetry, and one of my favorite pens.
What do you do to get creative? How do you stay focused and motivated? These are obviously topics for posts unto themselves, but I am just wondering what some of the basic tools are that others use to get started and keep themselves going.