A couple of days back I was invited by Anita from A creative dimension to join in the Creative blog hop! For people unfamiliar with this concept, it's really simple. You answer 4 questions about your crochet, then you pass along those questions to two other bloggers which in turn do the same. This way, a long chain of creative bloggers is formed, so much fun! So here we go:
Question number 1: What am I working on at the moment?
Well, I think frequent readers can guess the answer. Currently, there are no less than four blankets on my hook. They are my go-to projects, although I occasionally crochet some smaller projects in between, like the phone covers. I've got quite a lot of blankets already, and the middle of summer is far from the perfect season for a cuddly snuggle under a blanket, but still, I keep making them!
This is the finished stack, they're in hibernation right now.
The blanket-WIPs are very much 'in progress' though. With all the stuff around my graduation going on I'm having a tough time finishing them. I have started on a small (what was supposed to be fast) project though.
Question number 2: How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I usually use a lot of colour. I have no restraints in my projects when it comes to colour (except for neon, in general, I don't use neon colours). I absolutely admire the people who can complete a project consisting of earthy tones. I can't, I end up incorporating popping colours. That being said, I try to change the way I use those colours every few projects. For that 'fast' project, I tried to incorporate only tiny blobs of colour with lots of white (which I rarely use). The phone covers were all made in a gradient, with lots of different shades of one colour. I guess my 'thing' is to use lots of colours in every way possible!
Question number 3: Why do I create what I do?
I've always been obsessed with colour and arrangements. It can make me intensely happy to see a beautiful rainbow palette of products on a store shelf, and also it can make me feel unruly if colours are just not distributed properly. Colours can influence my mood so, so heavily, my boyfriend still wonders why I get so excited about something so bright red I just need to have it. And why I get so moody when it's a dark and rainy day in a grey city. So I need colour, in my shawls, in my potholders, in my phone covers!
Crochet is an outlet for me, it enables me to create a lot of things I would lóve to make, have and otherwise would probably not find anywhere else. Plus, crocheting a lot means giving heaps of projects to friends and family and I like to give presents :)
Question number four: How does my creative process work?
It's really funny, but usually, I think of things right before I fall asleep. I've once read that your brain is free of restraints for that short period of time, allowing you to create things more easily and clearly, and I really think this is true. However, this also means that whenever I realize I have thought of something for a new project, I need to get out of bed and draw, sketch or write it down quickly.
Ok, I didn't sketch this in the 5 mins I can stand to be out of bed in winter, but for large projects, I try to be a little bit organized. After this phase, I just start crocheting, with a little bit of tweaking along the way. I keep notes that I don't always get at the end of the project, forcing me to do it over again. I'm a chaotic person by nature if you hadn't figured it out already.