Friday, July 30, 2010
I'm working on another journal page, but it's not ready yet and I started writing a post about how I'm struggling a little to keep the creative juices flowing right now, but it was depressing and I prefer to avoid depressing because life's just better when you try to find the upside. Even when the upside is in deep cover. So I decided to show you one of my side projects instead.
I made these guys back when the weather was still cool and there were far fewer daylight hours. I was learning how to knit socks from the toe up with one long circular needle -- the magic loop method -- and these guys just seemed like way more fun.
The centre front of this little fish is fashioned exactly the way you'd create a sock toe and the rest of his body is an improvised set of stitch increases and decreases. The eyes and fins are cut from wool felt that I made by knitting swatches of wool yarn and washing the heck out of them in hot, soapy water.
I used almost the same method for my little octopus friend. I began at the top of his head and increased and decreased until I had something that vaguely resembled the head of an octopus (or possibly a light bulb.)
For the tentacles, I cast a bunch of stitches on a pair of regular straight needles and knit into the front and back of each stitch for a couple of rows, then knit a few more rows, and when I cast off, the tentacles just naturally curled up.
In the end, they were indeed fun to make. They helped me learn a few new techniques and they've since found good homes in my daughters' toy boxes and the occasional leading role in their imaginative play.
As for my creative juices, I suppose they'll return when they're good and ready. What about you? What do you do to rev up your creative energy? Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated!