This is me, lately! Leaping from crag to crag, idea to idea, project to project. With the arrival of snow, I declared yesterday, “A Making Day”…and it looks like today will be that also. It was delightful: whirling from lime green knitted sweater, to crocheted hexagons and owls (pattern for latter forthcoming:), to sketching, to pattern writing, to ideas for some fun fabrics…to…oh my, what’s a girl to do? Of course, interwoven in the midst of leaping was also laundry, shot-giving, breakfast/lunch/dinner-making, etc. But all in all, it was a lovely day of crag2crag leaping!
Julia Cameron speaks of this in her books on creativity. She probably mentions it more than once, but here’s what she says in her book Walking in this World (my favorite that I read over and over): “The creative imagination leaps crag to crag and does not chug up the mountain like an automated chairlift. If we treat the creative self like a young and curious animal, we will get the right idea. A young animal pokes its curious nose here and there. Our creative animal must be allowed the same freedom.” (pg. 80)
I’m not sure I feel like an animal, but more like a kid: going from markers, to doll-making, to clay, to dancing, to…oh goodness, there’s just so much I want to/love to make!! Julia says elsewhere in that book, “The truth is that as children,…We had dreams and desires and inklings of delight and full-blown passions. We practiced ballet in the living room, we sang wildly, we loved the goo of finger painting. We loved, period–and love is a passionate and energizing force…Instead of chiding ourselves or allowing ourselves to be chided into an “adult” solemnity, we must regain our right to be goofy, earthy, even silly.” (pg. 97)
So here are each of the crags I’ve been leaping to and from lately: *my favorite color (lime green) in an inexpensive yarn to make a knitted, knock-around-the-house sweater, oversized, big & bulky. It is near finished…I might finish it today:) *Hexagons, made according to Lucy’s tutorial, in Bernat Cotton Tots yarn. I had a bunch of this sitting around and I’m dreaming of spring and the colors of spring. Perhaps it will be a baby blanket, perhaps larger…no need to have an end in sight…just enjoying making these shapes. *Owls…oh, my these owls. I’ve made four of them thus far, with other variations as well. I’ll have a pattern up for these soon–they are SO cute, SO easy to make! *The fabrics (intended to line my basket and for birds:) under the owl, I found at Hobby Lobby in High Point. I went last week for the first time, and it is now a favorite haunt for all things crafty!! They even have their own line of yarns which are just begging me to make them into something. Well, I have to finish some things first before that *In the square pottery vessel (I made a while back with my potter friends in Reidsville), are various buttons, brads, and clasps which are just waiting for things I plan to make soon. Of course, I’ll share…
I’d just love for you to join me leaping from crag 2 crag!