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Cultivate & Create: Episode 14

Thank you for joining me!

Currently Knitting

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  Something I want: Why do you create?

  • Where do you find inspiration when you’re feeling stifled?
  • How do you nurture it?
  • What are your favorite IG accounts?

 

 Something I need: a good bulky yarn for a work cardigan

Something to wear: I’m obsessed with LuLaRoe!!! Untitled

Something to read (or listen): The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer read by Rebecca Soler

Daizie Knits Yarn giveaway!!!

#ScowlKAL:

Cultivate and Create: Episode 3

Thank you for joining me in this third episode and all the conversation on the Ravelry board. I recorded this episode three times, so if I sound scripted, that’s why.

Currently Knitting

 

 

      • Choice Bit of Calico, a new design by me in One Twisted Tree Lustrous in the Rare Woman Claire colorway.

 

            Yesterday's failures become today's successes. #fortunecookiewisdom #choicebitofcalico #cultivateandcreate

Something I want: Skew by Lana Holden

Something I need: Balance!!!

In my quest for focus, I found it…to the detriment of balance. Is there such a thing as too focused??

Something to wear: Handknit socks

Other socks I want to knit:

Something to read: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Knitting + Inspiration = Knitspiration KAL

What inspires you? What patterns do you just have to knit now? What yarns do you dream about knitting into something beautiful? Whose projects do you find yourself wanting to imitate? Who posts photos of the most amazing spinning projects on Instagram?Let’s knitspire one another, using #knitspirationKAL16 on Ravelry and Instagram.

Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham in Marigold Jen merino/silk single.

Prizes for the #knitspirationKAL16. Check out the link in my profile for details. These are all makers who inspire me.

Prizes:

  • Choose yarn, fiber, a pattern, or another knitter’s project that inspires you (can also be an inspired WIP).
  • Finish between January 15 and February 29 of 2016.
  • Post one time in the FO thread, but add and tag those knitspired entries as you finish them.
  • Must be at least 50 grams.
  • Must be a member of the group.

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mrsshoo and the Ravelry group Cultivate and Create.

Stash Guilt?

This past weekend I spent some time organizing and taking inventory of my stash. I started taking photos of some new (and not-so-new) skeins to upload to Ravelry and had a twinge of guilt for my wool-piggery, but then I caught myself. Why? Why should I feel guilty for indulging in something that makes me happy?

I was tagged by @thereadingknitter for #widn. I have a cold, so I'm going to my happy yarny place and cataloging some new stash (and maybe casting on a new project--or two). I can always count on @yarnhoarder and @swordofaknitter to take me to a happy yarMy stash has become somewhat of a joke among my knitting group and my family. Last year I had a purge and put the spoils out for my knitting friends to take, and I often give yarn to my mom (which often results in my getting a knitted gift in return). Chris, my husband, calls it “his investment”. A few weeks ago, Chris and I were talking about our will, and I joked that I’m making a friend an executor of my yarn. He told me that, no, he’d be putting it up on eBay or Etsy. I know he was joking, but I felt a flare of anger as silly as that sounds. The idea of my stash being sold off without care really bothered me. My yarn brings me joy, each skein, and I enjoy sharing that joy when a skein no longer speaks to me. I suppose this brings me back to my initial thought: Why do I feel guilty for indulging in something that makes me happy? The answer seems to be that I feel like I should. I often hear knitters talk about their stash with that tone…that guilty tone, like we’re doing something wrong because we indulge ourselves. You hear it at retreats and fiber fairs a lot. My #stitchesmidwest2015 haul. I was deliberate in my purchases, but I forgot to pick up another @kitchencountercrafter needle-minder. Clearly, I'll have to hit up @javajennie when she gets home.

Well, I’m done with that tone. I have a well-curated stash, and I’m proud of it. When I see a new pattern on Ravelry or Instagram, and I’m feeling knitspired, I know I can go upstairs, dig through my yarn, and find the perfect skein. I recognize that isn’t for everyone. Some knitters function better by buying only for planned projects, and that works for them. That makes them happy. But for me, I like that my yarn room overfloweth, and I don’t want to feel badly about that.

My lights are still on, my son is fed, and my yarn brings me joy. So I’m standing up (figuratively) and saying, I’m Sarah. I have a large stash. And I’m proud of it.

Shenanigans Ahead

@thefatsqrrl The #shenanigans are this way! I'm taking @prairiegirlsusie's Ozukuri on an adventure tonight.I’m not usually one to look back. I prefer to look ahead and consider what’s next, but for whatever reason, this year, I’m feeling very introspective. As I’m typing this up, I’m looking back through my Flickr and Instagram photos and rediscovering all of the fun I had in 2015. Much of it was with my family… #hellossk15 My name is Sarah, and this is me and my mom @grammylynne. Conveniently our annual trip to Nashville has once again hit on SSK weekend ????. We won't be attending the retreat, but we will be visiting the market. And I'
Dashing through the stash at the farmers market. #stashdash2015 #havesockswilltravelBoth of had stash enhancement at #yarncon. G went a little crazy @sunvalleyfibers. #graysongram

And nearly all of it involved knitting.

I don’t think I realized when I began knitting how much of a part of my life it would become or the friends I would meet because of it.
Best. Fiber. Weekend. Ever. #IowaSheepandWool #DesMoinesPride
But knitting has become the constant in my life. Next to family and friends who are like family, it gives me the most comfort when I’m facing a difficult decision and the most joy when I need it. Looking back over my projects for 2015, I realize I didn’t knit nearly as much as I have in years past, despite working parttime. There were many times I remember simply sitting on the couch holding my yarn. Staring at my needles.

2015 was a year of fun, but also a year of flux. I moved away from places I was comfortable with, and I began new endeavors. Some felt great, and some I was terrified to take the leap. I’ve doubted myself a lot in 2015. I’ve fished for peptalks from my husband and my friends. I’ve stood, staring in the mirror, questioning myself and talking myself up. I’ve avoided situations that make me uncomfortable or anxious.

But looking through all those photos and remembering the fun I had also reminded me that when I took the leap, when I faked confidence until it was real, I had fun. A lot of it. I felt joy. So, my word for 2016 is confidence. I will be strong and confident. And if I’m not feeling that way, then I’ll fake it until it becomes real.