Truthfully, I don't often need much inspiration to come up with a new idea and I'm not lacking for time to work on projects. I’m just not using my time wisely and lately have had a lack of motivation and focus. After months of sporadic posts and neglect, I’m finally feeling the mojo to start blogging again more regularly (I might have said that before… guess the proof will be in the next few weeks..)
This week I'm trying to spark my creativity, hoping to hone my focus a little by getting out of my current rut. Yesterday I took a beading class at The Bead Patch, with Pat. I have a lot of beads at home for working with fabric projects, but don’t usually make straight-out beaded jewelry. At the class I learned how to do peyote stitch and am working on a ring now – more on that, with photos, in a few days when it’s completed. I’m definitely inspired to work that beading into some crochet projects I have in mind – it’s pretty exciting!
Today, I’ve been finishing up a baby sweater (that’s in the photo above). I think it’s important, before I start something new, to finish up loose ends and this sweater is one of them. If I finish projects that I have in the works, then when I start something new I won’t have anything else weighing on my conscience. My knitting has been erratic – stitching is tight on some rows and loose on others (you can see that in the photo, too) and it’s driving me a little nuts (more than my usual nuts). Will be picking threads and easing some of the looser ones along the rows when I’m done and hoping that blocking does the rest of the work when it’s completed. Actually, having a new, exciting project in mind, makes finishing older ones easier – I work faster to get them done with the anticipation of a new idea on my mind.
The headphones are there because I was listening to a great podcast while I was working – it definitely made time fly by! Today’s podcast listening - Brian R. Jones interviewing Diane Gilleland, thanks to the heads up from Gingerbread Snowflakes.
Want a laugh? I posted a new disaster over at CraftFail - Charm Necklace. Even posting that online has given me some motivation, regardless of how embarrassing it actually is!
How do you get your creative batteries recharged?