I’ve been invited to take part in my first blog hop by Sabrina from Wolves in London. The questions are about blogging and creativity and I’ll be nominating a couple of other bloggers at the end of this post. If you’re not familiar with Wolves in London, Sabrina blogs about all of my favourite things; gardening, craft projects and nature. I have a particular soft spot for her beautifully curated garden moodboards. Thanks for nominating me Sabrina! So here are the questions!
What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk over the past week or so?
This is my desk. Although if I’m honest, most of my creative activity happens on the sofa whilst watching crime series like Fargo, The Wire and Breaking Bad.
I still have the sketches from my Manneskjur illustration sitting on the desk. Although the project is finished I like looking at them so I’m not ready to put them away just yet.
This week I finally finished my Triangel Scarf. I’m normally pretty speedy with knitting projects but for some reason this has taken me quite a while.
And I’ve just finished sewing buttons eyes on the owls jumper I’ve made for Scott’s Nan.
Where are you currently finding your inspiration?
I have a drawer full of things I’ve collected like old packaging, labels, wrapping paper… anything that takes my fancy. Some of it I’ve had for years so most fresh inspiration comes from the rural area I live in and blogs like these:
Bright Bazaar – a blog about colour. It’s full of photos of interior design, travel and objects. You never know what you’ll find, which is why I like it.
Wood and Wool Stool – I’ve been following Wood and Wool Stool for quite a few years now and it never fails to inspire me. Ingrid visits beautiful places, makes beautiful things and has a beautiful home.
Whole Larder Love – I love this blog – the photos, the food, did I mention the food? It reminds me to appreciate the simple things in life.
How important is being creative to you & how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?
Being creative is extremely important to me so I try to fill my spare time with hobbies where I can. If I have a few days where I can’t create anything, even if it’s just a few photos, I feel restless. In her book Knitting 24/7, Anouk Avery sums up how I feel about creativity and crafts, perfectly.
“In fact, I always take a project with me wherever I go, just in case I am able to find a few minutes to work a few rows. The truth is I’d like to be knitting 24/7 – that is, all the time. When I have a project in my bag, I don’t even mind a long commute or having to wait in line”. Anouk Avery
I try and squeeze in little activities whenever I can. I generally do knitting/crochet or a quick bit of sketching on the bus in the morning. And although it’s only a 10 minute journey, it’s enough to satisfy my creative appetite for a while. Small traffic buildups are a blessing because they give me just enough time to knit a bonus row or finish jotting down an idea for an icon or illustration.
Knitting has been a great hobby for me because it keeps my hands busy but lets my mind wander. I logged into my Ravelry account today and realised I’ve been knitting for 8 years now! 8 years! On one hand I feel like I should be a much better knitter by now but on the other hand, I’ve finally reached the stage where I can knit without shouting ‘bugger’ every 5 seconds or knitting with my mouth open. I let my hands do the work and my mind wanders to all sorts of places. I’ve read a few articles about knitting having meditative qualities and I really believe this to be true for me. Until I get my wool tangled and the obscenities start.
I’m also very lucky to have a partner who understands what it’s like to have a project occupy your mind (aka ignore everything but the project in hand). We both get carried away sometimes.
Although the only downside is when we’re both preoccupied at the same time, go pale with hunger and need a third party to intervene with food. Not long ago I forgot to put trousers on for a whole day (at home I should add). But when the mood strikes, you gotta do what you gotta do!
Manneskjur is one of my favourite blogs. Annie is super creative and her photos always put a smile on my face. She also runs the How Does Your Garden Grow linky, which is how Sabrina and I discovered each others blogs.
I’ve nominated Hege from Cloudberry because she’s the knitter I aspire to be! She makes so many fantastic socks (a soft spot of mine) and I always come away from her blog with another project idea.