Creativity is a Funny Thing

I have been involved in that conversation – the “what is creative, really?” debate – several times and in several places, with no real agreement among participants.  I, personally, never really considered myself a creative person.  As far as I was concerned, buying a knitting pattern and finding a skein of yarn to knit it with….not really all that creative.  Many people respectfully disagreed, for the record.  To me, creative requires vision, and imagination…and I really wasn’t sure I had either, to be honest.

Lately, things have been different.  I am finding myself interested in, well, creating.  Shireen taught me some polymer clay fundamentals a few weeks back, while her hubby Tito was showing me some copper metal work.

The makings of a copper bezel for a clay and resin insert.

The makings of a copper bezel for a clay and resin insert.

Clay work done without supervision (I really need to learn to take better pics!)

Polymer clay work done at a later date without supervision (I really need to learn to take better pics!)

I still need to play around with my copper wire and anvil to start making the shawl pins that started all of this!

I have been playing with design ideas for my own knitting patterns; in fact, I am looking at a series of them…who’da thought?!  I have been playing with kettle dyeing fibre, and hope to eventually dye some yarn.  (I don’t really have any sort of set up or training for hand painting yarn at the moment, but the kettle dyeing has been fun.)

I am super excited!  Tonight, I pick up a loom from someone here in Toronto who is destashing hers and hope to get a warping lesson from Shireen ASAP.

Still not sure where all of this is coming from, but I think I should enjoy it and take advantage of it while I can.

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