Inspiration Buzz

Today I bought another Deb Menz video, this one is: Color Magic, Color Families, and as usual, she is awesome. Deb is such an amazing teacher! I have a naturally good eye for putting colors together, at least that's what people tell me, but this video is teaching me a lot about how colors work and how to use/make them to achieve specific goals. I love learning from people who really know their stuff, especially when they are good teachers. I highly recommend this video for anyone working with color, even just for fun. For me, it will help me with the yarn and fiber dyeing to bring you more amazing colors, and also with designing great patterns to go with those yarns. The video download is just $10.00 right now and it is worth way more! You can buy it through the interweave store here:

The last few days have been stuffed with inspiration for me.  I'm almost physically buzzing with so many new ideas. I love when these creative highs happen, it's when my most awesome stuff comes about (if I do say so myself). The universe feeds me with inspiration for a time, it's almost like a drug, making me float on a natural high. Then I gather my creative tools of choice and start playing and experimenting. It's a big release, and can be hugely satisfying, but also draining. It's a fascinating cycle.

Some of my recent inspiration started the other night at the knitting guild meeting. We had a wonderful presentation by fiber artist, Brecia Kralovic-Logan. She was presenting about some of her upcoming classes in creative knitting and crochet and showed us an array of some of her gorgeous free form garments. They included knitted, crocheted, woven elements and hand dyed silks, etc. You can read more about Brecia and purchase her book The Spiral of Creativity: Mastering the Art of a Spirited Life. here:

Then yesterday I bought a new stitch dictionary at the bookstore and I'm so tickled with it. If you like to design your own knitting, I highly recommend this book: Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary: More than 150 stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round by Wendy Bernard. It is amazing. She has instructions for both flat and in the round, and some stitch patterns even have instructions for creating from top down and bottom up, in both flat and in the round. The most complete and useful stitch dictionary I have ever seen! You can find her book on Amazon here:

Now, today, I bought this video class on color that I spoke about above. Look out world! Over the next few months I'm going to be creatively exploding with new products, colors, designs, etc. I can't wait to see what I come up with!