Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Creativity, and Being Kind


I've been struggling a bit creatively since the start of the year-I have a couple of sweaters stewing in my head, and one that I'm working out on the needles now, but I haven't had an original idea in weeks, and that's a bit paralyzing. I know it's technically impossible to run out of ideas, but it had been so long since I'd felt any kind of creative spark that I was really starting to feel a bit down.

Of course, my approach the past couple weeks to just take things as they come and pick up and put down projects as I feel like it has apparently freed up some of the creative space in my brain, and now I'm solidly in the brainstorming phase (so far it's a pretty big brainstorm, and I can tell there's going to be a lot of editing in my future).

My goal for this month (maybe I'm the kind of blogger that sets monthy goals now?) is to continue being kind to myself. I want to focus on getting some of my WIPs done-especially my KAL projects, but I've also got my Talus hat up there to finish before spring really gets here. But I also want to keep this attitude of letting myself work on what I want when I want to, and not to put undue pressure on myself, and to let these new larval ideas percolate as much as they need to in order to reach maturity. I love this concept solidification part of the creative cycle so much, and I'm really looking forward to enjoying it after that 2-3 month stint in the "I will never have another original thought ever" phase.

ETA: I just realized that this is the blog's second birthday! The past two years have been so much fun and our wider blog community as a whole is such a rich one that I am so proud to be a part of. So, in honor of my second blogiversary, go spread some blog love through the community! Share a favorite old post from one of your favorite bloggers, spread comments far and wide-basically anything that will help us all remember and appreciate that what we have here in the blogiverse is so special.

5 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to your blog! The knitting community is lucky to have this space you created :)

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  2. Happy blog birthday! You're mojo will come back, til then I hope you get to finish some wips and do other things. I can't wait to see the cherry pie skirt!

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  3. happy blog anniversary!! I think you should be kind to yourself. I am on the second sleeve of my sweater and it's a little slow going. I try to work on it a little bit each day.

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  4. Happy anniversary! Congratulations on finding your creative flow :) I really appreciate your blog and the way in which you consistently and kindly encourage other bloggers. Looking forward to the third anniversary!

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