As some of you may know, last week I was honoured to be tagged by my sweet friend Andi from My Sister’s Knitter to participate in a little Q&A blog hop. If you haven’t already read Andi’s blog hop post here I encourage you to check it out and, while you’re at it, have little visit over at the other two remarkable blogs she tagged here and here as well, they’re really awesome.
1. What am I working on?
working a stitch pattern that is found in both Estonian and Canadian folk knitting
Right now, I am working on a pair of mittens for my son. Knitted mittens might possibly be my favourite woollen things to own as well as to see on other people. I am particularly drawn to traditional folk mittens. I love to see beauty and usefulness combined to both protect and decorate one of our most precious body parts, our hands. Where would we knitters be without them?!
2. How does my work differ from others its genre?
I don’t know that my work does differ from others. I suppose my knitting reflects my own personal interests (like Fair Isle and other cottage industry and folk crafting traditions) and affinities (like colour). To be honest, I don’t really think much about what makes my work different, I focus more on what I enjoy working on and what makes my work good.
a collection of folk and cottage craft knitting pattern books
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Like so many “makers”, my drive to create is really an more of an impulse that happens to express itself in knitting.
milk weed pod I came across on one of my walks
a favourite stand of pines
As a blog writer, I write out of a real desire to share and connect with others who share a similar passion for family, nature, words, beauty and for making beautiful things. I feel so incredibly blessed to have “met” so many warm, fascinating, talented and like-minded people here in the blogging community.
4. How does my writing/creative process work?
As corny as it sounds, my creative knitting process always starts with love – if it doesn’t my project quickly dies on the needles. Sometimes this process begins because I’ve fallen in love with a particular pattern, while other times it’s the yarn that starts it all. Of course, it goes without saying that most of all, knitting involves loving the people I’m knitting for. I think we can all relate to that.
I struggle much more with writing, though I also find the writing process easier to start with something I love, wether it’s a quote, a photo I’ve taken, a project or an event in my life. For me, the writing process is still very much a learning process too.
Thank you, Andi, for inviting me to join you on this blog hop. I have asked the following bloggers to keep the blog hop moving along:
1. Sustainable Mum
3. Mandarine’s (so happy Melody has agreed to join me!)
All of these blogs offer what I believe to be a unique space where you will find beautiful photos, thoughtful perspectives and creative inspiration. I hope you will find a moment to visit their wonderful blog “homes”.
Of course, I would also be thrilled if any of you would like to take part and share your answers to any of the questions above with me here. Bloggers feel free to be tagged – there are so many of you I wanted to tag but I either felt too shy and/or that I didn’t know you well enough to pester you. I would love to know what you are working on, what makes you different, what drives you to create and how your creative process works!
Wishing you a lovely start to your week! Happy blog hopping!