Thursday, April 29, 2010

my creative space :: the snowball effect

Despite living in a part of the world that rarely sees snow (last reports of some snow falling was in 1956 but the fall was in the Perth Hills which would have been well and truly out of town back then) there seems to be a bit of a snowball effect happening in my creative space. A sick and grumpy family hasn’t helped matters much but it would be all too convenient to lay all blame on them. The truth, if there is such a thing, is that the things that I want to achieve greatly outweighs the number of available hours in the day. My creative space really needs to take stock and prioritise projects.

One project that will be given high priority is crocheting a blanket for my son. Since finishing my 10² granny blanket the crochet has taken a bit of back seat. I notice its absence – especially since I can now crochet a granny square on automatic pilot, the hands making the rhythmic motions whilst my mind adopts a meditative state.

This week some new yarn arrived…yummy yarn (at the beginning) wool from the millrich colours 200 crochet blocks book

… and so today I am going to take some time to plan a blanket using this wonderful book that I bought for myself as a birthday treat.

Do you have a favourite crochet block? Perhaps you don’t crochet but you have seen one that you like very much?

Best you be on your way to check out all the creativity that abounds on Thursdays at Kirsty’s place while I try to reduce the never-ending list of projects in my mind to my top four projects on paper. Sometime back in the day I determined that a list of things to do should never have more than four items. Do you have a numerical limit for projects on the go? What boundaries, if any, have you set yourself when it comes to the limitless creative opportunities?

Go on now - I’ll meet you there.

22 comments:

  1. Ooh lovely colours! I can't crochet (yet) but am hoping to resolve that soon. Hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog.

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  2. Hmm, yes I am agree, I think 4 on the go sounds do-able and manageable! That crochet book looks great. Once my granny's are done, I am thinking of starting on a ripple blanket for my little man

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  3. Fabulous project Sally and I love the colours in your stash! That book looks fabulous. I don't have a favourite book as such but I'm totally addicted to the Attic 24 blog (I'm sure you already know it but the link is http://attic24.typepad.com/). Have fun crocheting! Kx

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  4. Wish I could help but I have no boudaries when it comes to starting things...I think I will check back for the other comments and hope there is some advice I could heed too! I hope your beautiful yarns become a lovely blanky in no time. My fave crochet book is 'vintage crochet' which I blog about, if you press the 'books' link on the side bar you can see more about it,
    happy crocheting!

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  5. I get into that meditative state too.

    Only four projects? Oh, don't look in my cupboard then! :)

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  6. Every now and then I limit myself to 5 active projects at a time (ie I don't need to count the ones that I haven't worked on for a few months!). That's so far out the window at the moment that I'm not willing to do a proper count!

    In a perfect world, I would be organised enough to have my 'on the go' list, as well as a 'one day, some day' list so that I could get things out of my head and stashed in a safe place! I think that would probably free up a fair bit of headspace for me... Maybe the first thing on my one day, some day list should be 'make a list of all those things you want to make but don't have time'?

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  7. I love your choice of colours, oh how I wish I could crochet, I have a book, some yarn and a crochet needle so there has been a start.

    I like your idea of 4 things on a list, there are so many pretty things to make. Now which four to choice?:)

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  8. I love, love, love that book. I am always so inspired when having a flick through and have a number of pages tagged for future projects. I actually got a copy of it for my mum and she is in the process of starting one of the big projects in there. I would love to see what your yarn turns into.
    Jane 80)
    PS thank you for visiting my blog.

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  9. Hope your feeling better soon, I love the colours of your yarn.

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  10. hope the virtu family are all better.
    i don't crochet but those balls are amazing!!!
    have fun

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  11. I always try and keep my creative projects on the go to about 4. It always seems to snowball and end up being a huge list though. Happy creative Thursday! xo

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  12. Thank you!! I have never tried crochet - except maybe in year 8 textiles at school a looooong time ago. Enjoy planning your blanket!

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  13. I have an old copy of Liz Blackwell's Treasury of Crochet Patterns. The black and white pictures are awful, but the designs are beautiful. I also love that it's old and well-loved.

    I'm loving those yarn colors! Have fun!

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  14. The yarn is beautiful - they are such great colours you have selected. My crochet is so bad, that all I can do is admire what others make. Look forward to watching how your creation evolves.

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  15. hope everyone is feeling better ~ malaise can be so inconvenient :)
    If you ever find some more hours, send some my way too. My time can't keep up with the to do list and the ideas buzzing around in my head.

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  16. I have that book from the library at the mo. It's a good one! Have fun with it.

    Love the wool. Looks so snuggly!

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  17. who needs yoga when you can crochet. i love your colours and the yarn looks like it is a lovely quality. i can't wait to see snow reports reappear in the papers

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  18. Lovely balls of yarn - nice wintry colours - good luck!

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  19. Such lovely colours!! I bet it will look gorgeous all crocheted up. Hope you have a happy and sunny weekend :)

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  20. geez, how did you ever manage to only have 4 things on your to do list? no matter what the list i'm writing is fore - school work, house work, creativeness etc it always seems to have 10 plus things on it. the school work page especially seems to manage to take up one a4 page on its own (unfortunately there's always *more* you can be doing for your students)

    i am looking forward to seeing some of your new squares start to take shape, i have heard that is definitely a very good book!

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  21. Shazam Sally, we both have posts about lists today! I get the impression that yours is probably shorter than mine though. About three months ago I decided I needed to write down my WIP's - this week I realised I needed even a bit more of kick up the A! Yes, so out they all came, to be paraded in front of the masses (if you could call my readership that). Let's see how that works for me... I look forward to seeing what motifs you choose to crochet for your blanket.

    PS. What's that gadget on your side bar under the overlocker? Is it a button maker?

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  22. I love Jan Eaton's books and patterns. I always end up sticking with the classic granny squares though. So easy to make and they look so good. I love them.

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