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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Too much going on

I finished the dining room curtains the other week. I am reasonably pleased with them, but they are slightly too long on one side, which I think is due in part to my inaccurate measuring (I did rush these a little...) and the fact that the wall is unlikely to be straight. It's great to have curtains up in this room finally, and to have got rid of the ugly vertical blind, but I feel like whatever we do with this room I'm never entirely happy.

Well, this is my favourite photo of the curtains because it hides the too long bit on the left...

... although it is in clear view here!

I just wish the kitchen and dining room were always this tidy!

Frustrations with this room focus mainly on the wall colour - is it right or isn't it? It's a rich colour, "Silt" by Little Greene, but I don't know that its right for a dining room. It's right next to the strong pink in the kitchen too, so although it goes, I think it may be better if it were toned down a little, maybe to French Grey. The curtain colour doesn't clash with the wall, which we were a little afraid of, but something just doesn't gel. I'm not convinced about the rug either. It went very well with the vertical blind, funnily enough, since it was cream, but not with this curtain fabric. I love the spotty tablecloth because it ties in with the kitchen walls, but something needs to pull it all together. Oh, the photo wall is in an obvious state of unfinishedness, with gaping holes and too many frames I'm not happy with.

So all in all, rather a lot of amendments to make to this room!

I've realized lately just how many projects I have on the go, or have in my head, waiting to be written down so I can get round to them one day. I downloaded a really good app yesterday, and took great delight in creating lists of current and ongoing projects, and of ideas which have yet to be realized. I also made a lovely list of the things we need to do on the house, to which I've just realized I shall need to add after re-reading what I've written above!

Is it possible to have too many interests though? I mean, my main creative pursuits at present are knitting, spinning, designing and making sewing patterns, a bit of sketching... there are definitely more. My issue at the moment is I have so many clothing designs in my head (and other items such as soft furnishings and bags), but I don't have time to bring them to fruition. I also have a slight fear of designing knitwear, I realized earlier when considering it. I can't put my finger on the exact reason, though I think it may have a lot to do with the maths necessary to calculate a pattern, but I'm pretty sure if I just went ahead and designed and knitted a pattern that it would come out fine and perfectly wearable. You see, I'm one of those annoying creative people who feel like, if they're following a pattern whgich has been written by somebody else, they're not really being creative. However, I definitely want people to buy my patterns and make them, so is that fair? I suppose different people have different needs when it comes to feeling creative. I also think it stems very much from my Fine Art training - I would never have copied somebody else's painting and handed it in as my own piece of work, therefore why would I do it with any other creative skill? I'm thinking out loud a lot here, so you'll have to forgive my ramblings.

And I only wanted to make the point that I have an awful lot of projects on the go, so does that mean that I'm happy being a jack of all trades and a master of none? I want to be a master of them all, but that's not likely to happen! I have four Kim Hargreaves books, from which I've knitted from two of them, two hats and two cardigans. I was flicking through them last night to see if there were any more projects from them I fancied doing. I'm thinking at this time of year that Wonderwool Wales is just round the corner and am aware I need to plan what to spend money on there, rather than wandering round aimlessly and coming away with nothing useful. I don't know whether to buy yarn for one of Kim's designs (or for any other in my Ravelry favourites), or to take the plunge and buy yarn to make one of my own designs, which I'd probably need to plan in full before Wonderwool. That's what I really want to do, which I suppose answers my question, and I just need to swallow my apprehension and get on with it, accepting the fact that it will be a drawn out process.

Its funny what you can find inside yourself if you will engage in the conversation - you so often come to your own conclusion.

I'd love to know if other people have these thoughts and questions in their heads too. If your reading and you have any insights, I would absolutely love to hear them.

Love, Sam x


  1. I think there's a difference between creativeness and artisticness (is that a word?) when making things - a knitting pattern is, by its nature, meant to be knitted! I suppose "artistic" is sort of the wrong word for someone making a knitting pattern, but just follow me on that thought - when you're knitting from someone else's pattern, you're certainly creative, because you are creating something. But I know what you mean - when I sew a garment I can NEVER blindly follow the pattern, I just HAVE to make my own little twist to it somehow. If I can make that twist very small, it turns out all right, it's when I try to make big changes things go all wrong ...

  2. I don't know Jo. I think I have a tendancy to lump the two together. Unless you apply artisticness to things only classifiable as "art", such as painting and other practises commonly understood to be art. Whilst creativity in general can include artists, can the term artist encapsulate anyone who is creative? I don't think it can... thinking out load a bit there!

  3. Hi Sam,

    Don't despair - I'm with you on tons of ongoing projects! Sometimes my head just hurts thinking about it! I've come to the conclusion, that it takes much time and patience to work on them, and I suppose I have to just take it day by day. Love the way your curtains came out, by the way! :) And thank you also for your kind comment and visit to my page - it's always a pleasure to hear from you. Wishing you a lovely weekend.



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