Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A creative block

Do you have these? I love fiber, knitting, dyeing, felting, spinning....all of it. But I am blocked on making anything happen right now. I look at knit patterns, look at my stash, can't make the two meld, think 'oh, maybe tomorrow' and it doesn't come.

What do you do to get out of this funk? Do you ever get there at all? I have friends who are immersed all the time in fiber projects, producing beautiful results and I marvel of late.

Looking for the way back in! Help!


  1. yes, yes, and yes!! sometimes I find if I just give in and not do anything for a few days - pick up a book, or have a cooking marathon and stock the freezer, or nap alot - it passes.

  2. Anonymous8:02 AM

    ... then now's the time to plan a little "creative brainstorming" session ... we bring a "problem child" or two along & let others make some suggestions ... and then we go off & actually turn that stumbling block into something inspired :^) ~ m.

  3. Hm...Usually I pull out some skeins, eye them, look for patterns, and just start casting on until I find one that "speaks" to me. The others I can frog or leave as WIPs until I feel like working on them, but that's usually enough to get me kick-started again!

  4. Anonymous12:38 PM

    I normally approach a project from the fiber perspective. I pick the fiber and then try to find a suitable pattern. If I am not happy with how the pattern fits the fiber, I just rip it out and start over with a different pattern. For example, I started working on a lace weight scarf just after Christmas. I am currently on my third iteration.

    Speaking of Christmas, I loved your December 25 post. Christmas IS all about the birth of Christ.

  5. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Boy, howdy, do I know what that's like! I just can't seem to connect with anything.

    I like to listen to books on tape while I'm doing, well, just about anything. When I'm feeling "meh" about all of my projects, sometimes I'll just kick back and listen to a great book.

    Working with each of the 1-ounce samples in the fleece study helps (I have w-a-y too many projects all over the house). Each only takes a day or two to spin up, and I'm careful to pick a sample that is different than the one I just worked with.

  6. Anonymous11:06 AM

    When I hit a creative rut I've learned its time for a break. Take some time off from fiber and engage in other things. When the creative juices are restored, you'll know it. I don't find any sense in pushing myself to get out of these ruts because it feels like work and takes the joy out of it.

  7. Anonymous9:44 PM

    Hey, when I lose my connection to Creativity, I just think ahead to next LRDC season! xoxoxoxox

  8. My DH had to put his 2 cents in!
    Creativity is starting to abound again....this has been great to hear all your comments. I feel energized, truly! (<: