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Friday, October 31, 2014

Blog Hop!

I got tagged in a blog hop by the amazingly talented Cory over at indie.knits. This actually gave me a lot to think about, and I feel like it's helpful to take stock of where I am in terms of my blog and my work. To pass it along, I'm tagging Tahnee over at Woollen Wilderness.
 1) What am I working on?
A few different things right now. I just started my Xmas knitting (a little later than usual this year, but I've cut way back on project number and scope than in years past) for my mum and sister. I also have a pair of Rose's Wrist Warmers on the needles just for me, and another pair of mitts for a new design project. And a pi shawl I started on a whim. I'm also working on formatting and editing a couple of new patterns that will get released over the next few weeks.
 2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The word I find myself coming to most often in my knitting and design work is "charming." I want to be charmed by an object or charmed by the process of creating it. Textures, lace, and cables are all a ton of fun to work with, so I find myself trying to find new ways to make them work together.
3) Why do I write/create what I do?
I've always felt like I must create things and put them out into the world. This is my way of interacting with the world, and the process of creation makes me really happy.
 4) How does my writing/creative process work?
I'm a self-taught knitter, and a lot of how I do things was just made up along the way. As a result, my design philosophy is "Why the Hell Not," so there's a lot of trial and error. Very rarely does any idea stay the same from conception to actualization. As an example, Peony started out as an allover cable shawl with a wide center panel instead of a spine. That idea hasn't totally died, but the end result is very different, while still keeping the essence of what I wanted. It's hard to describe, but it looks like what it felt like as an idea, even if it's totally different. On the other end of the spectrum, Transitions Sleeves turned out exactly how I intended. 

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