How to find Knitting Inspiration

How to find Knitting Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but lock-down 2020 has to be the most uninspired time on my life (even more so than when I was writing my dissertation for my BSc.) The stress and worry I have experienced since march has been paired with some amazing time to take a step back and think about myself. Yet this strange mix of emotions has left me searching for my knitting inspiration!

Nothing has given me an urge to create, design or even pick up my knitting needles most days. This happens to all of us at some point, but I’ve never experienced this feeling for such a prolonged period of time!

But how do you re-inspire yourself after a lull like this? How do you discover what inspires you? Below is my fool-proof list that helps me every time to find my knitting inspiration. Don’t worry if you’re not a knitter! These tips will work all the same…

Favourite Artists, Bloggers & Instagrammers

Seeing other people online, what they’re making and all their posts inspires me so much! Whether that’s catching up with your favourite Instagrammers or reading a new blog post from your favourite blogger- I love it!

Hearing other peoples craft stories and seeing what they make, or seeing them use a yarn you haven’t before but love the look of it can inspire you. Even promotional content from places like We Are Knitters provides me with new ideas. Just don’t fall into the trap of spending too much time on screens. I find there is a very fine line between enough content to inspire you to knit, and too much where it becomes overwhelming. This can make you stray from the things you love.

Travelling

Whether that’s your local area, a new part of your country or abroad. Go somewhere you love or somewhere that feels amazing.

Recently, I visited the Lake District, Yorkshire dales, North Pennines and Northumberland National Park and had the most wonderful time. We went camping, post-lock-down and found some really beautiful untouched places. There was such a vast amount of colour and beauty. I’ll have a blog post up soon about days out in these areas and beauty spots.

I have also been fortunate enough in the past to visit China and Iceland. All of these places are so contrasting to each other and provide such different inspiration.

Scenery: Cities & Beaches

This is a very similar topic to travelling, but to me this doesn’t mean go on a holiday or spend lots of money. To me it means going somewhere new, somewhere you’ve always wanted to go near to where you live.  For me re-visiting the local woods or beaches of the Wirral ignites that spark of knitting inspiration.

I am very fortunate with where I grew up being so close to such a variety of landscapes. Although I lived here for 18 years I am always finding somewhere new.

Having lived in Hampshire for the past 5 years, I have discovered beautiful places in the South of England also. They might not tug on my heart stings in the same way as their Northern equivalents, but I can’t deny their beauty.

Different landscapes provide different inspiration to me. In cities I love the architecture, the neon lights in the evening, the traffic, the people the crowds. At a beach I love watching the whole day pass and how the light acts differently on the sand. Even on darker days, there is something different about the light on a beach. Just embrace somewhere and let yourself actually see things that you haven’t before.

Try a new art medium

For me it’s been photography. I am no professional and barely know what I’m doing half the time, but between my Nikon camera and my Huawei P20 Pro, I do manage to get some half decent shots. Recently lighting and the different depths you can produce has spurred me on. I’ve found these photos have inspired whole collections and colour pallets for my knitting. Ones that I simply hadn’t thought of before!

Pottery has become another interest for me, something so different from the ordinary.

Sewing has always been a love of mine too. I am no expert at any of these things, but sometimes it is so nice to immerse yourself and try something new, something different, and yet something that you can take back with you to your passion.

Family & Friends

The people around you, who build you up and you make things for can inspire you to be the best you can be. I am no knitting pro- I have so much to learn, so much that I want to do, but that doesn’t matter to my family and friends- they love seeing what I produce and the joy it brings me.

So maybe spark up a conversation with your nearest and dearest about what inspires you to make things, about your new ideas or projects. I’m sure they would love to hear it and support you all the way. Maybe creating a piece for them will help you find your knitting inspiration!

Design Something

I love making and sometimes you can’t find a pattern for what is in your head. What is stopping you from creating it? Once you understand the principles of sizing it isn’t as scary as you think. I used the following post for help.

More recently I’ve designed a bag using the pinhole cast on technique and I’m in the midst of starting a cardigan (without a pattern!)

Learn a new skill

For me, when I reach I lull I like to pick up a new skill. For knitting this can be learning to knit socks. Sometimes it can be a simple as learn a new stitch! Do anything that helps reignite that spark of passion in you. Next on my list is the dandelion stitch. If you haven’t seen it check out this video. Learning something new, something challenging, helps me find my knitting inspiration.

Read

Not everything in our lives has to come from a screen- try a magazine on a topic you love, an actual book (yes they still exist.) I am blessed with a mother who is fanatical about all things craft. So if I ever want a book on a topic, she normally already has it!

Venture into your local library, check out the charity shops- it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and it doesn’t have to be something brand new. I’ve found a lot of older books (not the most modern desirable ones) actually explain things far clearer and are invaluable to have. A lot of these I have found in charity book shops and in sales.

Take a break from it all

Wait till you no longer feel that you’re forcing it. Sometimes you just need to step back and have time away from a hobby. As crazy as that sounds, if it’s something you love, and you do it every single day, it can start becoming a chore more than a hobby. So take a rest, but it down, maybe try a different craft? Wait until you long to do it and truly enjoy it again.

Don’t be afraid to start again

Sometimes you might feel like you’re stuck on a project. It feels laborious and you just aren’t enjoying it. Or you made a little mistake early on and think it will be fine, but actually it makes you hate it! This can make you not want to knit at all. Only recently have I started undoing my work when I make a mistake- it used to terrify me! Now as I get used to it, it’s becoming easier and easier. So don’t be afraid to give it a go!

I hope you find my hints and tips useful and use them to find your knitting inspiration again. Do you have any other ways of finding inspiration? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Em x



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