Hey friends! It's Marisa from CentroKnits and I’m so excited to be a guest blogger today for the OML Blog! I'm here today to talk about a practice that has helped me immensely when creating new patterns: Creation Before Consumption.
We’re all makers here and our fiber community is SO supportive that we generously invest our time and support into other makers. We follow plenty of other knitters, crocheters, fiber artists, etc. on multiple social media platforms for encouragement and inspiration. Most of us wake up in the mornings and scroll through social media like our morning paper. But when this becomes a habit, we're exposing ourselves to other makers' craft before we've had a chance to inspire ourselves with our own creativity and flair.
It can be so overwhelming at times to see what everyone else is making and doing. There's been times where I start scrolling through my IG feed mindlessly and feel the sudden urge to knit a sock, all because I saw someone post their new colorful knit socks by a river. Before I know it, I'm holding sock yarn in my hand and I’m like, “Wait, what just happened?”
A practice that I've learned from the amazing #girlboss Jenna Kutcher, is to practice mindfulness of WHEN and WHO you're exposing yourself to creatively.
WHEN: Be intentional about when you consume social media.
WHO: Don’t just follow people that do what you do; diversify your following.
As a designer, I've been using this practice when working on 2018’s fall collection. For instance, I'm currently playing with different stitch patterns and colors for some new chunky cardigans. During this mode of pattern writing, I'm conscious to not wake up and immediately gravitate towards social media. I don’t want to make what I’ve been seeing; I want to make a cardigan that is an extension of ME and my style. So now, I’ll intentionally wake up, let my pup outside, make coffee and work on what I need to get done creatively for the morning before feeling saturated by social media.
This has helped me with creating original, unique patterns that are authentic and on-brand. It can be overwhelming to see other people’s work when you’re in the process of creating your own. I encourage you to give this practice a try and to be mindful of social media the next time you’re dreaming up and pattern writing. I have a feeling you’ll be surprised and thrilled to see what you come up with authentically in a place of your own creativity!
Happy Making, friends! Xo,
Marisa is a Knitwear Designer and Registered Nurse located in Philly. She discovered knitting as a way to unwind and relax after exhausting 13 hour shifts on her feet at the hospital. Knitting soon became a passion and she opened CentroKnits as a way to create quality & modern knits for friends, family and beyond. She loves cheese curls, traveling, and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Maya.