As much as I love knitting sometimes I find myself wanting some inspiration. I sometimes get tired of making only one type of item (shawls and cowls are usually my go-to). I find myself wanting to learn a new skill or try something more challenging. Is it possible to get tired of a shape? I know I sometimes get tired of making items that are the same shape over and over again. I even get tired of using the same size needles.
When I find myself feeling a little angsty with my knitting I start hunting for something new to inspire me. I look for inspiration in a lot of different places.
- My Small Stash: Sometimes I change my mind about a pattern I had intended for some yarn in my stash. I know that I am not the only one that has a change in heart about the pattern I want to use with a specific yarn or how two colors fit together for a project. When this does happen I take my skein and allow myself to fall down the Ravelry rabbit hole until I find the perfect match. I love that Ravelry will give you project suggestions based on you skein of yarn.
- Social Media: Sites like Ravelry, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are often places I turn to in order to see what other people are working on and be inspired by their amazing skills. I especially like all the small projects out there that use up all my ends/scrap yarn from previous projects. I always have good intentions to do these projects.
- Take a Class/Learn a New Skill: Sometimes all I need is to learn a new knitting skill to re-inspire myself. I have taken different types of classes and never regretted it (sweater, brioche, pattern design, etc.). There is always something new to learn (don’t I sound like a teacher?).
- Go Outside: Sunsets and flowers always make me happy. The colors are always spectacular! Going outside gives me fresh air to breathe and I am able to clear my head in a way that I can’t inside.
- Go to a Knitting Group or Guild: This is my favorite option when seeking inspiration and something I do weekly. There is nothing better for getting inspired than seeing, touching, and talking about what other people are knitting. In my knitting group I am constantly inspired by the yarn, patterns, and color choices others are knitting. There are so many amazing and talented knitters out there!
Where do you find your inspiration?