Pictured above is one of my many design scribblers. I always start my designs out with paper and pen. Somehow, it just doesn’t seem the same if I try to use the computer. I like the organic feel of working with paper and pen. It feels right to me. And as you can see from the above picture, sometimes the creative process can be quite messy.
Sometimes when my creativity strikes, I’ll sit down and write out the entire pattern before even touching my needles. Then I pick a yarn that I like and start knitting and revising the pattern as I go along. Such was the case in the picture.
Other times, I’ll be inspired by a pretty yarn or just an idea and I’ll sit down with my needles, yarn, paper and pen and start knitting, writing the design out line by line. It all depends upon my mood how the actual design process works.
Another thing that I usually do while writing my patterns, is listen to audio books. I have yet to master the process of holding a book open with my foot so that I can read while I knit so I get around this issue by listening to the stories instead. I’m currently listening my way through the Wheel Of Time series (one of my absolute faves!)
I also prefer to knit with wooden needles for knitting. All for my needles, with the exception of 3 circulars, are wooden (most of them made by local artists) that I’ve picked up at various farmers market over the years. They’re pretty and smooth and just feel good to knit with.
So this is a little insight into my creative world.
What does your creative process look like? I’d love to hear!