This is the first question many of my crochet and knitting pals ask when they find out that I’m a designer. Funny thing is…ideas are rarely the problem for me. Just looking at yarn and hooks in my stash or flipping thru stitch dictionaries can start up my creative engine.
But–keeping the focus to make those ideas grow into designs is a whole nuther story for me.
In fact, I’m currently working on finishing the sample and pattern for a design I have already sold, while constantly fighting the distraction of new ideas. For me, handling the material is often the medium for growing new ideas (sort of my own version of a petri dish).
Back when I was doing lots of art work with polymer clay, I’d approach the studio with dread, thinking I had no ideas to work up. Then I would start conditioning some clay. Just running it thru the pasta machine and mooshing it around with my fingers would often start an avalanche of creativity that lasted for hours.
The same goes for yarn inspiration. Simply working with the yarn is almost guaranteed to get my strange geeky brain throwing off all kinds of sparks.
Fortunately I do have some self-control these days, although I do have to grab one of my sketch pads and jot down some quick notes before promising myself I can revisit them as soon as I finish what I am supposed to be doing!
Now if I could just come up with such will-power regarding chocolate….