Monday, July 28, 2014

Creativity Blog Hop

Happy Monday, All!

I have been asked to take part in a creativity blog hop by Danielle from By DD Hines.  This is my first blog hop participation, and it is so much fun!

I am mainly going to focus on my creativity process.  For me it is less of a process, and more of chaos.  New ideas seem to always hit me very late at night, and when my to-do list is crazy long!

I find inspiration in everything. 
 I see something that I like, and my first thought is "Can I crochet that?".

Recently, I have learned to knit, sew, and cross stitch as well.  Which means my mind is constantly racing with ideas.  

My thought process:

Which projects can I combine sewing and crochet/knit?
This crochet hook book is just the first project I did combining sewing and crochet!

What song lyrics do I want to cross stitch first? 
This is my first cross stitch project for a saying - it has not been revealed yet what it will say.
That is my little secret for now!

What are my responsibilities tomorrow? Because that tells me how much sleep I need to get tonight.
Similarly, how much coffee will I be able to drink tomorrow?

Whose birthday is coming up?  What can I make them?
My friends and family only receive handmade gifts these days.  Those are the best kind of gifts, right?!?

Have I heard anything about a new cancer patient that I can contact directly and make them a custom beanie?
I am working on another crochet softie gift for a friend of friend whose cancer came back.  I already sent her a Boston Red Sox beanie, and she loves it!  I can't share photos of the new gift yet though, so you'll have to check back later!

It seems that my to-do list is always growing, and never shrinks.  I mark one thing off, and three more ideas are added. 

What I'm working on now:

Currently I have multiple headbands, beanies, brooches, and hair clips that I need to get done.  I also have a queen size crochet blanket, a full size graph blanket, a throw blanket, and a cushion cover that are at the top of my to-do list.

This is the queen-size blanket that I am currently working on.  I've been working on it for months; between getting distracted, and running out of yarn multiple times - it has take three times the amount of yarn that I thought it would.

I started this random granny stripe throw last week, and it should be finished by the end of this week.

I also have a shawl pattern that is currently out being tested, and I am polishing the wording before I get it published.
This shawl pattern should be released within the next two weeks.

Last night as I finished this scarf, I got the idea for two different scarves that I need to test out.
Hopefully, at least one of my ideas for a new scarf will come out the way I am picturing it in my head!

My biggest piece of advice for anyone that crochets or knits:
Use patterns as guidelines.  Make changes to suit what you want!  That is the best part about handmade, you can customize to fit your likes.
For example, I never use magic circles to start out projects - I only use the ch2 method.
I also never use double crochet for beanies.  I prefer the look of using hdc.  So even if there is patter I really like that uses dc, I am changing it.  These are just small basic changes, but the changes you can make are endless!  
You are spending the time to make the item anyways, so you might as well make it your own!

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