Creativity can’t be turned on with the push of a button. Not for me anyway. I wish that were the case. I could never come up with anything worthwhile under the gun, so to speak. My design method always involved putting the yarn I wanted to use within sight and waiting for an idea to spark. Sometimes it was an explosion and other times a slow sizzle. In the case of the past several months it hasn’t even sputtered. Lots of stuff happening within my personal private life.
I know it kinda sorta looks like I was designing for Knit Picks because a few patterns were published with them. However, I turn designs in to KP just about a year before they reach the public eye, so all those patterns were done well before I stepped back from designing. The In Rhythm hats came out as planned until I reached the point where all the patterns I’d done were out and I crashed into that wall of not designing.
Sometime in the Fall I started to really miss designing and the inspiration started coming back. Life stopped being completely upside down and I started crawling out of my funk. I know I’m being vague, purposely, nobody needs to hear my whining. Ha!
So anyway, I truly wish over those last few years of designing I hadn’t let it spiral out. When designing was under control and flowing and test knits were organized and patterns were checked and it was a small, but well maintained and oiled machine life was good. I enjoy seeing people knitting my creations. Just for the joy of it. Slowly, slowly with tiny cautious baby steps I’m crawling back to that. Not the crazy wacky can’t keep a handle on my sh*t where I ended up. I’ve been taking stock of what needs to get done to be 100% where everything needs to be. Obviously step one is posting those last In Rhythm hats. After that I’ll tackle a cardigan finally. Probably in Knit Picks yarn and it will get sent to everyone that purchased Woodland Wylde, despite the fact I already refunded purchasers the missing cardi pattern, I’d still like to publish a design.
After those items are off the table I’ll proceed as I have in the last weeks. Posting progress shots, talking about the designs, and when they’re done I’ll upload them. (The shawls and blankets and such that I’m posting aren’t coming out before the In Rhythm hats wrap up. They may come out before the cardi, though, as progress on that hasn’t yet begun. It was an idea that only popped back up for me last night. I do have a few very basic things on the way that will show up before the final two IN a Rhythm designs are listed.) No preordering or yarn dyeing or anything that involves potential missed deadlines and disappointments. The path of less stress. For everyone.
And oh my, oh my how the inspiration does come back when you find your happy place again.