How’s Your Mojo?

I know I’m not the only one who’s creative mojo went walk about at the start of lock down. I think for me it was mostly about four things:

  1. Getting my brain around the whole situation
  2. Loss of routine.
  3. Having someone else in the house near 24/7 – it’s great him being here, but I like silence and my own space to create in.
  4. The good weather calling me into the garden.

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At the start I was quite happy to take my scattered thinking outside – I knew I need to get my head straighter and there were outside jobs that certainly needed doing. However after a couple of weeks or so of not touching my paint brushes, I was feeling all those fearful beginner thoughts again.  Time, I thought to make myself paint. Paint anything, however bad.

So I did…

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I started with this, just to move my paint brush – they’re supposed to be tulips  – inspired by the  bunch of  tulips Lovely Eldest sent me for mother’s day.

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Another exercise just to get my paint brush moving

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A whole picture!

I wasn’t at all happy with the results – even though I’m very much a watercolour newbie.

I knew the way to get through this was just to keep going, to try and build a routine, but easier said than done with hubby on reduced hours and the days he works changing every week.

I stuttered on, trying to find inspiration, but even when I did I struggled to put my heart into it.

Even the bees I painted, because I was so excited when I found out my friend Ali is a contestant in the Great British Sewing Bee this year.

I soon found myself going days and days without painting again. So today I made a promise to myself. I would paint every day and blog each week about what I’ve painted. However good, however bad, however uninspired.  And that’s it really.

How’s your creative mojo doing?

Stay safe, stay well.

Until next time,

Bekki x

An uncreative week

Unusually for me, this week I lost my crafty mojo. There’s a few things I could site as disrupting my energy flow, and I have taken note. But even when you know why, although I believe you can work on it, you can’t necessarily click your creativity switch straight back on. Continue reading “An uncreative week”

Feeling Woolly

Firstly, thank you to everyone who completed my yarn colour survey. Your answers were very helpful and I’ve acted on what I learned from some of them already.

Last week I was also talking about the goals I set for this year that I’m not keeping up with. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye on what I’m doing/not doing to achieve them and come to the conclusion I’m being far too woolly.

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No, not this sort of woolly.

Right now a lot of things – not just those goals – that aren’t happening, because I’ve so much to do. Everything’s tumbling around in my head in a big woolly mess and as a result I’m overwhelmed by just the thoughts about how much I need to do. To untangle the threads, I’ve made a Next Step list – listing just the next thing I have to do for everything, prioritising it then getting on with working through the list and not thinking about any of the following steps until I’ve completed the first.

Another place I’m being far too woolly is in designing sweaters.

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I’ve now designed two, but not written a pattern for them, because I scribble everything on scraps of paper as I go along. Even when I manage not to lose half the scraps or use a notebook, my writing’s so bad I can’t read half of what I’ve written.

In future I’m not going to allow myself to knit any part of a garment until I’ve typed up my notes on it and printed them out. That way, I’ll also be able to spot typos as I go along, rather than after the pattern is written – which is always harder.

I’m hoping these two things get me a bit more organised, but I’m wondering what else I could do. What do you do to regain focus when you’re feeling woolly?

Bekki Hill