Outside Inspiration

Sometimes when I’m at the dye-pot, I can’t hardly move fast enough because of all of the colorway ideas I’m bouncing around.  But other times…I need a little bit of help.  I’m sure many of you out there are just as obsessed with Pinterest as I am.  (Be honest.  No judgement.)  While a lot of time is wasted around the world on this most addictive website, Pinterest is actually a pretty useful tool sometimes.  When dyeing, I use Pinterest quite a bit to get ideas about what colors might go together well, colors I might not have thought of, and general inspiration for new colorways.  Here is an example of what I mean:




1. This gentle mix of light blue, white, orchid, dark pink, and green would make a beautiful spring colorway.


2. From this photo, I’m picturing a rich, vibrant tonal of blues: pale, almost white all the way to deep navy, with just the slightest hint of aqua green.


3. A summer color — light & dark aqua/teal with bits of pale sky blue and white.  Gorgeous.



4. A little less typical than paintings or photos, but anything can be color inspiration!  In this I see a color of bright yellow & teal (obviously), with possibly some white and even a light brown.


5. This one is a little bit more unexpected, but would make for a wonderful, bright sunset colorway.  I see pink, purple, yellow, orange, blue, green, and black.  Perhaps a striping colorway?

Finding external inspiration is actually something I’ve struggled with as I’ve become a more prolific creator.  Can I really say I’m creative if I got the idea for a colorway from a photo or piece of art?  Obviously, the answer is unequivocally yes.  Being creative doesn’t mean that everything you make has to come directly from your brain.  Creative people constantly look for bits of inspiration around them to feed their creative process.  Anything you make is a product of your creativity…regardless of what or who gave you the idea.

Yarn dyeing is such a unique process, yet definitely a creative one.  Sometimes the colorway inspiration comes first, and sometimes I just let my creativity go wild and figure out what the color resembles later.  Both ways are correct.  All that matters is that I’m making.

Where do you get your creative inspiration?





Author’s Note: All photos from Pinterest.com.  I was not compensated for this post — Pinterest is simply a tool used to assist my creative process.

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Things I’m Loving This Week

Weekends are a great time for mindless Internet browsing, don’t you think?  For me, it’s the one time of the week where I can just veg in front of the computer, not doing anything productive, and not caring.  (Not that I don’t do this at other times of the week, but at least I don’t feel as guilty on weekends.)

Currently, I’m likely out lounging by the pool at my Disney resort…..and browsing Pinterest or Etsy on my phone.  (This is a scheduled post and I can’t tell the future [yet]…but that’s probably what’s happening).  But, hey, it’s Saturday, and Saturdays are not meant to be heavy thinking days.  So go ahead and give your brain a rest too, and take this opportunity to browse through some of the newest pretty wonders of the Internet with me.  🙂

Here’s some of the things I’m loving this week:


We’ve talked before about my love for Hocus Pocus…so obviously I’m obsessed with this Sarah Sanderson quote pillow.  It’d be perfect for use, mmmm…all year round.  😛  Now how can I make this for myself…..


I just can‘t wait to try out this Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse!  A combination of my favorite stuff: cheesecake, halloween, and cute things.  AND IT LOOKS SO EASY.  Nom.

Police Box Mitts

I don’t knit nearly enough mittens…this becomes a severe problem every winter, and though I always vow to make more “next year”, I never do…  I guess I just don’t find knitting mittens “fun” enough.  But I’m just smitten with these Police Box Mitts — (surprise, surprise…) — so maybe mittens will actually happen this year.  (Though, being honest…probably not.  Ha!)


I am just fascinated by this unique, dressy way of wearing flannel in the fall.  Flannel is one of my favorite fall go-tos, but it always seems way to casual for anything except the grocery store…  But this look is classic, comfy, and chic enough to wear even to work.  Bliss.  🙂

The Heretic's Daughter

This time of year always makes me crave a good read about the Salem Witch Trials.  This book — The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent — is a definite must-read for the season.  Based on a true story (and written by a descendant), this tale is about a young girl and her mother fighting for their lives at the beginning of one of the most fascinating, devastating times in American history.

What are you loving this week?


Things I’m Loving This Week: Part 2

Hello hello!  I’m so glad to be posting *live* again after so long!  I hope you all enjoyed my scheduled updates — I honestly really enjoyed putting them together!  🙂  As far as my trip to Peru…let me tell you, it was unbelievable.  I have lots of pictures, stories, and adventures from my trip to share with you all soon, but while I’m putting all of that together…let’s look at pretty things.

Due to lack of reliable internet while in South America, I really missed my daily internet browsing time.  (Oh, the things we take for granted…)  But I’m making up for it now that I’m back!  Here are some things I’m loving this week:

1. These beautiful hand-knit pumpkins are killing me with cuteness!  What a perfect little fall decoration for a knitter’s house!  Now to find the pattern so I can make some for myself…


2.  If you know me in real life, you know that I have an unabashed love for Grumpy Cat.  I think she is the most adorable thing…and this Grumpy Cat mug perfectly sums up my opinions about getting out of bed every morning.  : P

Grumpy Cat

3.  Once again, not an internet browsing session goes by that I do not find a knitting pattern I love!  This one is the Kaweah Hat by Veronica Parsons.  It’s everything I love in a knitted hat…simple, cabled, textured, slouchy, and — most importantly — pom-pom inclusive!  Oh, and did I mention it’s a FREE pattern on Ravelry??  Excuse me while I go cast this on right now……..

Kaweah Hat

Okay, I’m back….moving on.

4.  If I had a bedroom to decorate right this minute, you can bet I’d be decorating like this.  A neat idea for decorating on a budget, I love the mix of neutrals with a pop of bright color for interest.  (Especially hot pink…bring on the hot pink!)


5. Last, but definitely not least, I’ve got a hankering for a new sewing project.  (If you’re not from the South, or are unfamiliar with our unique vernacular — *say that five times fast* — a ‘hankering’ is kind of like a craving…but not necessarily for food.  Something you really want to do right now.  You know what I mean.)  Anyway.  This one-hour weekender bag tutorial hits the spot.  I’m a sucker for weekender bags.  (Though I’m pretty sure this one would take me a LOT more than an hour to make…  #amateur)


Bonus:  I’m sure you’ve heard already about the passing of actor Robin Williams.  (You’re probably getting tired of hearing about it at this point.)  But as a child who grew up watching William’s in his prime, I am especially sad about the loss of this great actor.  So, just a quick tribute to one of my long-time-favorite actors…Mr. Williams, thanks for the laughs.


What are you loving this week?


Things I’m Loving This Week…

Personally, I believe it is a necessary pre-requisite that all bloggers also be blog readers…keeping up with other bloggers is essential to gaining ideas and connecting to the blogging community.  I happen to read several…waaaay to many to be considered “normal” and “not obsessed”…whatever that means.  😛  But I love the feeling of inspiration I get when I see what others are creating.

One of my favorite knitty/crafty/creative blogs is Knitted Bliss…and some of my favorite posts are her “Pin Up” posts, (example here).  So, taking a page from Julie’s blog book, (“purloining” if you will…a la Knitmore Girls), here are a few things I’m loving this week:

Kelly Brown Photographer wedding photographer Victoria, British Columbia

I’m totally inspired by this beautifully creative home office space…showing off your current ideas is the perfect way to maintain your creative inspiration.  Makes me long for a ‘real’ home office of my own!


I’ve officially decided on this as my next crafty DIY — super simple & adorable DIY letter idea.  This would be perfect to commemorate road trips or favorite vacation destinations.  (For me: Charleston, SC)

Deep End

A week would not truly be complete unless I found a new shawl pattern to drool over.  Have you seen Deep End?  It’s the most perfect combination of all of the knitty things I love most: cozy shawls, garter stitch, and beautiful bright colors.  #queued

Fall Decor


Seriously getting excited for the upcoming autumn season…and seeing things like this pop up on my Pinterest page is not helping me be patient!

dill vinegar

My garden is producing an enormous amount of dill & other fresh herbs.  As I don’t cook enough to really make the most of them, I’m going to try this easy-peasy dill vinegar recipe to spice up my favorite salads.  (Seriously…so easy.)

What are you loving this week?