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Creative Journey

Hello Creative Friends!

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How do you describe a creative journey, or better yet, YOUR creative journey?

Creative journey can have many meanings. One which describes what it does, how it makes one feel, or how it helps one learn their strengths.

For me it’s inspiring others to create something that brings them joy, maybe relieves a bit of stress, or just allows them creative freedom. It’s what makes me happy. It’s what drives my day. If you’ve been following for awhile, or you’re new to my blog, you will have seen me go from writer to knitter to designer to author. I threw in some quilting, as that’s always a go-to for me. Then I discovered coloring and drawing. That led me down a path to learn more about micron pens and what else I could do with them. And oh, did I mention the beautiful lines you can draw with KOI markers?

I’ve been on a creative path for quite some time. It has allowed me to play with different mediums, bring new friends into my world, and even opened my eyes to a new form of art. I have so much to share in the way of this journey, yet I want to hold back a bit, as this may be my next WIP (book). There’s something in me that feels I need to bring my story to life. You may be interested, you may not. Either way, it will be a journey in itself.

A written journal of sorts, maybe blog style. I do love to write, so for me, this journey will be filled with pictures, projects and words of wisdom.

I found this and had to share. Oh, but look at the lettering. One of my favorite pasttimes is to figure out a different way to write a word. Hand Lettering how-to videos are my constant youtube obsession.

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So what brings you joy? What drives your day? Your Creative Journey?

Let’s discuss…

Create a Creative Journey all your own and find your joy!

~Deb

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Divas Vogue Knitting Live experience

Having had the opportunity to hang with my peeps was something that was new and exciting for me. 

Vogue Knitting Live is an event everyone should experience, designer, knitter, yarn-a-holic, etc. The style shows, the fiber vendors, new friends, and more… I had the time of my life. It was something, as a new author, I was thrilled to have experienced. It gave me fodder for upcoming blog posts, new friends to keep up with, and new design ideas for classes and future books.

You walk into the Marketplace and these are hanging from the ceiling. Knitted artwork. 
 



















 

Every elevator in the Convention Center was adorned with these…






The one thing I enjoyed the most was meeting my publisher. She’s a hoot. Shannon Okey is so much like me…quirky, fun, smiles a lot, loves the industry, and has more fun talking with people than the average person. The display at the table was fun and colorful. The pile containing my books kept getting smaller and smaller. Sweet! I signed the last 5 books before I jetted off back home. 
 

 

Let’s not forget to mention how much fun I had buying new fibers. StevenBe was one person that inspired my creativity to the point of no return. Chunky fabrics created with larger needles, blingy yarns, coupled with simple fingering weight yarns. Oh my! I came home with yarn. I know, you’re not surprised. I do love yarn. In fact, it’s the part of me that has no control. Probably, no budget either. With that said, I did yield to caution and only buy fibers that would be a bit different from the ones that already live at my house.

I feel fortunate, as an author, to have attended this event. But, let me tell you, it won’t be my last. In fact, my future plans will take me to Stitches Midwest, where more of the same will occur, I’m sure…

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb

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Interview with Stephen West — Knitting Designer

One of the biggest mysteries in the knitting world is how to achieve success as a designer.

I’m thrilled to introduce Stephen West of West Knits.  I happened upon his FREE pattern for Purl Ridge Scarf and fell in (headfirst).

My knitted version

I sat down, cast on my 200 stitches and began this fun, fast, and fabulous find. It’s the kind of pattern that requires no attention; you either knit the round or purl the round. That’s it. I kept track, but that’s just because I get distracted easily.This is my version on the right.

So, this drew me in further and I searched for other things on Ravelry that said West Knits or Stephen West. Bingo! He has a Fan club. Who wouldn’t love to have a fan club. *me…jumping up and down with my hand flagging back and forth* Well, yes, almost 7000 followers.

Well, what are we waiting for, Let’s chat with him:

Stephen, What inspired you to design such a fun, fast and fabulous Purl Ridge Scarf?

I said I would make a scarf for one of my friends with the beautiful Hedgehog Fibres Merino Silk yarn. I didn’t want anything too complicated, so I stuck with stockinette stitch and garter ridges. The combination of those two basic stitch patterns never cease to amaze me.

Stephen’s Scarf

I love that Stephen! that this design is not complicated. Okay, is there anything in particular that inspires you to design?

I get the most inspiration from yarns. I love all types of yarn from wool and alpaca to silk and linen. I am intrigued by fiber characteristics and their effects on various stitch patterns. I am inspired by playing with color combinations and mixing different yarn weights and textures.

I always get excited when someone wants to learn to knit. THIS would be a perfect pattern. What advice can you give to a new knitter?

Play with all kinds of yarns to see what you like best. My taste in yarn is always developing and changing. I recommend saving up to get a little bit of yarn that you absolutely love that is a higher quality rather than purchasing a lot of cheaper yarn. Knitting is a physical experience and emotional too. The materials you choose to work with directly affect how you feel and think. It’s fun to educate yourself about different fibers so you can make more informed choices at your local yarn shop.

I totally agree with you; knitting with higher quality yarn is a better overall experience. So, Stephen, how long have you been knitting?

7 years

Nice! What was your first knitting project as a new knitter?

I knit a chunky turquoise garter stitch scarf with acrylic yarn. I have no idea where it is now. It made me happy at the time, so I’m glad I made it…but I feel nauseous when I think about it.

Stephen, I’m sure you’re like every addicted knitter, and it HAS somehow changed a portion of your life? Can you tell us how?

I met some of my best friends through knitting. Wherever I travel I meet the most friendly and inspiration people. It makes me practice my math skills. I am always warm. I always have something to do and knitting entertains me. I have learned a bit about photography. Knitting challenges me by making me problem solve and make educated choices. Knitting is emotional and physical, but it’s also just knitting. I take it very seriously and devote my creative time and energy to it, but I constantly let go of that serious passion and use knitting as a playful medium to explore color, form, texture, and rhythm. It has taught me to share and make different choices.

Taught you to share, I love that, though I am still learning that myself. *smiling* So, let me ask you, what is your favorite knitting project and your favorite type of yarn?

I love shawls. I have more than enough, but I use them to explore different shaping techniques and yarn combinations. Fingering weight wools and wool blends are my favorite type of yarn to use.

This has been fun, Stephen. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I have several new patterns and books coming out this fall and winter, so you can look forward to new patterns including several garments. I am especially excited about the beautiful photography in all the collections, and a couple of the books are collaborative, which result in a more eclectic and playful presentation. 


Wow, how fun was this? He’s amazing. I realized he also tweets, you can follow him here. AND he has a Flickr page.

Dear Readers, I’d be honored (and I’m sure Stephen would too), if you checked out his designs. He’s an inspiration to all of us. 

Many, many thanks to Stephen for joining me today. Please tune in each Wednesday for a new knitting designer. You WON’T want to miss a single week. I promise!

So, as I always say, 

Knit On!

Deb

 

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10 Reasons Why I Hang with my Bitch ‘n Knit Girls

Isn’t it fun to figure out 10 reasons (funny or not) why you do what you do? I’ll list mine, then I’d love to read your #1 reason…let’s go!
Top 10 reasons why I hang with my bitch ‘n knit girls:



10 – they allow me to be ME.

9 – are good for my self esteem, “Hey, Deb is here!”
8 – enable me when it comes to purchasing yarn I really don’t need, “You know you want it.”
7 – plan my upcoming book signings like I’m the next biggest author in the knitting world.
6 – listen when I need to b*#ch about something, (Umm…it is called bitch ‘n knit.)
5 – make me smile when someone mentions wanting to knit a dishcloth out of ACRYLIC yarn.
4 – call me the “bling girl.”
3 – to give me something to write about in my blog.
2 – to allow me a quick shot when I’m in the mood to shoot something (with a camera, silly.)

And the #1 reason I hang with my bitch ‘n knit girls is –  I love the friendships that have formed, the projects we have shared, and the community efforts we get involved with. I love how they are willing to help me with my thoughts or perhaps walk me through a difficult pattern. My girls are the best! 
 
Stay tuned every Tuesday where I share top ten reasons for all things fiber related.
As I always say,
Knit on!
Deb


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10 Reasons Why I Knit

Isn’t it fun to figure out 10 reasons (funny or not) why you do what you do? I’ll list mine, then I’d love to read your #1 reason…let’s go!

Top 10 reasons why I knit:
10 –  gives me permission to shop for yarn (and buy it).
  9 – puts my mind in a relaxed state so all I think about are my kids issues. *sigh*
  8 – leaves my husband guessing who “this” is for.
  7 – helps me avoid housework (like I do it anyway) 🙂
  6 – if I knit too close to dinner, soon enough it’s too late to make something, ’cause chances are I don’t have  everything, and we HAVE to go out.
  5 – i have too much yarn.
  4 – so I know what everyone is getting for Christmas.
  3 – to keep me from being bored in the car as my husband drives me out of town to “just get away.”
  2 – so when my children are asked what does your mom do? They can stare blankly back and answer, “umm…she knits.”
  And the #1 reason I knit is – to allow myself “me-time.” A chance to keep myself from unraveling, and reason to do what I love, be a designer and offer knitted accessories and delicious patterns for others to devour.
Stay tuned every Tuesday where I share top ten reasons for all things fiber.
As I always say,
Knit on!
Deb