Throughout August, tons of new ideas and inspirations came my way. There’s a long trail of one precious source leading to another, so perhaps I should start at the beginning and put them in order.
I got back into my podcast habit, which is easy to do with all the wonderful free podcasts available! My commute is 30 minutes either way, and I really got tired of listening to the news after a while. I first found the ever-intriguing Craftypod and followed up with Stash and Burn and Knitscience. All are available for free through iTunes.
Listening to Sister Diane’s soothing, sultry voice just full of good information on Craftypod got me really fired up to create! Also, her interviews and insights exposed me to several other awesome sources, the next being One Pretty Thing, a website that publishes round ups of crafts, blogs, tutorials, etc., by category. It’s an amazing website, sort of a “best of the best” of crafts on the internet. I’m now a junkie and must check it once a day to see the latest round ups.
One Pretty Thing gave me two more blogs to check out, both of which have inspired future projects.
The first is called Plain Vest by Pickles. Olivia will look so cute in this vest! I have a cotton worsted yarn that I bought for another project, but couldn’t use. It’s a variegated brown and orange, very mellow, and if I can gauge it right, this vest should be perfect for it.
The next is a free tutorial from Anissa at Two Little Bugs Clothing Co. It’s for a small blankie to be carried around and loved on! I have my Blankie from childhood and have passed it on to Olivia, but it’s a bit ratty and could stand to be spruced up/reworked into something presentable. It’s still the softest and warmest thing I own (or rather, that she owns)!
Nicole and Jenny of Stash and Burn have become my constant car companions and have really rekindled my knitting fire. I love that they are concerned with exactly the same things I am – namely, how to keep on track to finish things I start and the constant learning curve of how to make sure things fit after they’ve been knitted. My results in the past with knitting for myself have a fair-to-middling success rate on whether I’ll actually wear the items made. When you think about all the work that goes into something hand-knitted, it’s kind of sad if it doesn’t turn out just right. However, listening to the two of them recall item after item and talk about sending things on to Goodwill or gifting people with them actually makes me feel a lot better about my own knitting.
*images are copyrighted by Pickles and Two Little Bugs Clothing Co., respectively.