Hi all you lovely makers! Kelly here, back with another Question of the Week.
No matter the style of your knitwear, the material you use, or the level your handmade business sits at, the creative process of us knitters and crocheters usually looks something like this: choose material, buy material, test design, probably fail design, test design again (repeat, repeat), complete design, share design success with the world, sell accessory, package accessory, ship accessory, wait for customer feedback on accessory.
Though the routine of creating something may look the same for many of us, the difference is where we find the most joy in that creative journey. While some may love the thought of going to the yarn store and picking out the perfect yarn, others may prefer to stick to what they know. Some makers are tickled pink they sell and item and get to package it up with fancy paper, brown twine, and a handwritten note. Others could live without the hassle of brown paper packages tied up with string.
Ready to chat about our favourite parts of the creative maker process? Let's go!
The entire creative process is an outlet for me. A place to throw my ideas around, a stress reliever, a way to challenge myself. It's frustrating and rewarding and hard and amazing all at the same time. Each step along the way requires different strengths and skills, some of which we have and some we maybe need to work on improving.
I know makers who thrive in the world of swatching, for example. I see so many ideas sprouting for them in their tiny squares of intricate stitches and designs. The hours it must take to come up with and create those swatches...different yarns, variously sized needles and hooks, heck I get stressed just thinking about it. Swatching it so not my thing.
While there are many parts of the creative maker process I love, one that sticks out for me is when I get to bounce my ideas off other makers. Being able to share my thoughts and struggles with others who understand, to get feedback on a new design, to have a place to go when I'm feeling discouraged with another step in that process, these things are not only my favourite part about the process, I find them vital to growing as a maker.
Whether it's online through social media platforms like Instagram, or in person over a cup of coffee at my local Sip and Stitch, connecting with other knitters and crocheters on a creative brainstorming level makes me such a happy little artisan!
Here's what Melanie of @mairlynd, Giulia of @wool.done, Shani of @themakeryandco, and Dernica of @elfriedajabir had to say about their favourite parts in the creative process.
What is your favourite part of the creative maker process?
What is your favourite part of the creative maker process? Tell us in the comments below, or tag us on our @ourmakerlife with #ourmakerlife with a picture of your maker life for a chance to be featured on our feed!
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Kelly, OML dream team
Kelly is the mind, body and soul behind @knitbrooks: handmade modern knitwear inspired by nature’s endless beauty. After completing a photojournalism program, Kelly used both knitting and crocheting as a way to relax after a long day working as a reporter/photographer. This hobby has since transformed into a way to combine her love of creating fashionable knitwear, with her passion for photography, a cozy lifestyle, and her awe and admiration of the untouched wilderness.