Creative Constipation

sept socks heel detail

This weird thing seems to happen when I finish a knitting project and run out of seasons of a show at the same time. I find when these two things coincide that I suddenly lack any motivation to knit something new or find a new show to watch. It’s not like there’s a shortage of television to watch or yarn in my studio, but some crazy thing happens in my brain where I have no motivation to start anything new for a few days. This time it seems to be lasting for about a week. I’ve had my new pattern open in Illustrator all week- barely worked on; I’ve had my socks blocked and hanging on a door handle- unphotographed.

It’s one of those weirdly bright overcast – perfect for shooting my work, so at least I managed to get one thing done today. I decided today to force myself to sit here and try and finish it (which turned into procrastination via. blogging). I don’t know if this happens to anyone else, but it gets pretty frustrating.

What do you do to light the fire under your creative brain when you’re in a rut?

 

# WIP WEDNESDAY

Since I’m finishing up my latest pattern I thought it would be cool to go through my design process. I think without even realizing it, we’re constantly consuming media all day. While there are definitely terrifying things about that aspect of our culture, I’m going to try and focus on the positives of this. As a visual, and an observant person I choose to see the inundation of information as a constant source of inspiration for my practice. Whether I’m scrolling through Instagram, falling into the black hole that is Pinterest, or selling my soul to Netflix I’m constantly taking in visual information and therefore collecting a vast bank of inspiration.

The ah-ha moment for the pattern I’m working on now came about while I was test knitting a sock pattern for another designer. I was casually knitting in front of the tv, watching Vikings on the History Channel (Such a soap opera, but full of incredible textiles). I kept seeing this woven screen in the background of one of the sets and every time it caught my interest.

Vikings-woven screen
It’s very possible I’m not just into this show for the textiles…

At first I was thinking about a weaving project and doodled it a few different ways in my sketchbook.

I ended up finishing the socks I was working on and needed to find another project for myself to knit. After doodling it a few more times I started playing with it in my knitting software and the pattern was born. Two weeks and a computer crash later I’m about to write up this pattern and find some test knitters.

Here are some in-progress shots I’ve posted on Instagram. Follow me there and be the first to get pattern information, more #wip updates, and cute cat pictures.