Ooooo…It is so Cute!

I didn’t blog last week because I was having a week long celebration of my birthday.  And look what I got!

HP Mini
HP Mini

My darling new little HP Mini. It will take me a while to get the hang of the smaller keyboard, but I think Mini and I are going to be very good friends.

It fits in my Project Bag
It fits in my Project Bag

What I really love is how well it fits into my project bag. I can take it with me when I am out and about running errands with my kiddos and anywhere there is WiFi available I have access to Ravelry.

It was already a big hit this past weekend while I was at The Lamb Shoppe for the monthly Pajamma Jam.  Had all kinds of fun looking up projects and profiles on Ravelry. Plus tweeted! I know I can do that on my phone, but I like keyboards.

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Frost and Snow

Backyard Forest dressed for Winter
Backyard Forest dressed for Winter

This weather is definitely inspiring me to get out the warm fibers and make something cozy.  Was just thinking this morning that my youngest is outgrowing all his winter gear.  May be time to make up a fun felted mitten pattern.

Anyone else in the Northern Hemisphere feeling the pull to play with the yarn and make something warm?

What If?

I have been asked many times where I get my ideas for my art pieces or crochet designs.  There isn’t really one simple answer. 

Some ideas seem to pop up into my conciousness fully formed.  Other times it is a vague wisp that wanders around in my brain and sketchbooks for weeks, months or years as it gathers more form. 

I have realized recently though that a great way to generate ideas was given to me when I was in college.  I had a professor in one of my writing seminars that said to develop a story one should always ask “what if…” and explore those ideas.

The same exercise can be applied to any creative process.  Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist or creative “type” you can use this.   If you look at a pattern and think, “What would that look like in a different color?”, you have just used the “What If”.

What if I take a tank top design and add this stitch pattern for sleeves?

What if I modify this stitch pattern to work in the round and make fingerless mitts from it?

What if I use these pieces of junk mail to create the colors and texture for a sculptural collage/painting?

What if I reinterpreted that knit sweater into crochet?

Of course “What if” often leads to “How do I”, but that is a topic for another day.