Monday, November 21, 2011

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort..

Today I was thinking about creativity and what it really means.
Is it creating something out of nothing? nope. Only Hashem can do that.
I think I like what Steve Jobs said.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they really didn't do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Which brings me to my knitting.
I am starting a project that I am so excited about.
In the book Nursery Knits there is an adorable sweater knitted from blocks of ABC. I decided to do it in Alef Bais.
So I downloaded the charts from here and went to work.

I love the yarn so much. Wish I could order all of them.

I bet you think this looks hard. Well it is!
But I'm up for the challenge.
Which got me to thinking more about what makes a creative person tick.
It's a need that is always there.
One day when I have my very own creativity room I will lock myself in there forever.
With a coffee machine, toasted almonds, corn muffins and a Siddur. Ahhhhh! Paradise.
But until then I will do what I can with what I have. (Don't we all?)
No excuses. Do something pretty today. Or even plan to do something pretty. Planning is also good.
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
I think this article is on the money.
It certainly explains the creativity bug.
Meanwhile.... I knit another sweater for Yaffa.
Apparantly the first one was a tad small...

and I figured while I'm at it I will use up the yarn left over from this project and make a 'girl' sweater.
I'm totally in love with felt flowers.
You will be finding them on more of my projects in the future.
You should really try it. It's addicting.
Also in my mind when I get the yarn I will start to work on this.


Or something like it.
I like doing squares.
You need quite alot of yarn for this blanket, or any other blanket for that matter.
Read her blog and you will see what I am talking about.
But anyone who knows what it means to lust for yarn will understand how I feel.
Like this nice lady here. She knows what I'm talkin' about!
At the end of the day I planned more than I did today.
Planning is like day dreams.
They are full of light and hope.
The let you dream with your eyes open.
And if you are quick enough maybe you can actually turn that daydream into reality.
After all, you don't even have to wake up. You already are!


Faygy said...

i love the way you made a matching hairband to the knitted jumper. and the blanket looks so warm.

chaiky said...

Wow, the blanket is a stunner (as is everything). I must say though that the enjoyment would not be there for me were it not for your amazing and inspirational words that come with it...

Fashion-isha said...

I find you so inspiring and I really appreciate your sweet comments on my blog. You and your! I'm so blessed to have met such amazing people through the blogging world!!

Faygie Fellig said...

When the internet is used in a healthy kosher way it is a wonderful tool. That is what we need to inspire out youth with. You and I and more woman like us.

Henya said...

Wow! I love that quotation!
I am in love with your alef-beis sweater. Please post the progress on it!
And last, but not least your DGD is adorable! An looks very cute in her pretty sweater!