Thinking, That’s All

I was just bouncing around Ravelry, giggling at knitted mochimochi and digging to see if there is a double-knit hat with ear flaps in fingering weight yarn with crossed hockey sticks on it (I know, bizarrely specific but I’ve got two skeins of Malabrigo Finito in my alma mater’s colors and my Gophers just made it to the Frozen Four…I celebrate with knitting). This hat I want doesn’t exist so I guess I’m just going to have to figure it out myself.

And this hockey hat was the catalyst that made me start thinking about inspiration and where I find it. I get ideas from clicking around Rav, just digging through other people’s projects and thinking, “I could do that but I wouldn’t do it like that. How would I do it?” It’s challenging to see things and visualize how they come together and how I would change them. Most of the time it’s the yarn that really speaks to me, that demands it become something. I fell in love with Misti Alpaca Pima Silk Hand Paint (a really lovely cotton and silk blend) and just knew that it had to become a tank top:

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Same situation with Heavy Metal. The silk and sequins had a weight to them that I really wanted to use for its drape. It’s shown off perfectly as a decorative scarf or head scarf. A new yarn showed up at my LYS recently and I knew exactly what it was going to be as soon as I saw it. I can’t show it off yet because I’m waiting to see what happens with it but I’m in love with how it turned out.

I think it’s really the process that I’m in love with, learning new things (like this double-knit hockey stick hat is going to be) and fooling around with adding favorite elements to basic ideas. I like to knit fearlessly because it’s never something I can’t frog and it’s never the end of the world if I have to start over. It’s just a new experience.

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