Creatively speaking, it's been a slow start to 2014. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but the ideas haven't been flowing and the yarn hasn't been calling! It's amazing what difference a week can make - my lovely editor Claire, at Inside Crochet, pinged a couple of tech editing jobs my way and just interacting with another creative spirit, enjoying the process of editing someone elses beautiful creativity and a trip to the Wool Workshop in Corfe Castle and boom, my 'crojo' is back!!! It's probably helped by a good dose of great news - people I care about who've been finding life tough of late seem to have made progress in the right direction. There really is light at the end of several tunnels right now and that's lifted my own spirits. And life is picking up pace, I've got my reading books for my teacher training and my first assignment, so I have an additional focus which always liberates my creativity, it provides just the right 'down time' in between more challenging tasks.
My wonderful friend, Cath, gave me some 'spare' wool left over from one of her gorgeous projects and I've started the beautiful 'Balloon Sweater' by Emma Robertson, published in the inspirational 'The Knitting Collection', edited by Claire Montgomerie. It's not the specified yarn, so contrary to all my natural instincts, I knitted up a tension square!
And together with my brilliantly creative friend Sarah, we rescued some remnants of a precious old quilt yesterday and created a new mini-quilt for the next generation. To cover some small tears and faded patches, I hooked up some linen flowers to stitch on...
We had a wonderful afternoon combining our crafty skills with a healthy dose of laughter. There is something really special about giving new life to a tired but much loved item, knowing that the memories will be carried forward.
And writing of old pieces, I've been hooking up some colourful doilies. Each one a loose replica of one of my favourite originals - all of which are awaiting the creation of my 'crafting' table, which will hopefully take shape this Spring.
All of which just goes to show, creativity can be a bit like a 137 bus on the Queenstown Road, Battersea - there's never one when you're looking and then when you least expect it, three of them arrive at once! xxx