Since starting this blog I have no misgivings in admitting that I have been thrilled with how my personal creativity has thrived, or at least how I have felt it grow. Ideas keep jumping through my mind all day long –to the point that I do occasionally get frustrated at the amount of things I want to try or do! But this frustration is well worth the renewed sense of enthusiasm I gained from writing this blog and from starting to write my ownpatterns.
Having so many ideas and thoughts has made me realise just how important carrying a notebook around with me has become. Every time I have a new idea I quickly scribble it down in the book in the hopes that I will remember it later and act upon it. Of course there is so much to do (dangers of the internet and the allure of Ravelry and Pinterest) and many of the ideas I jot down do end up forgotten, no matter how many post-it notes I stick in my book that read ‘MUST DO THIS SOON’.
This is where the beauty of making notes all in one place become apparent. Having written an idea down as soon as I have it - no matter how small or large or silly it appears - I can then forget about it and move on to other things. Particularly exciting ideas naturally stay on my mind after writing them down so they will invariably be acted upon pretty immediately, but smaller lightning ideas pass out of my mind quickly. But this doesn't matter because when I’m having a day where I might not know what I want to make or design next, or I’m not sure what to write about on my blog, I can flick through my notebook and instantly have half a dozen ideas ready to go! Again leading me to the ‘frustrated’ state of mind that there aren't enough hours in the day...
My notebook I hope will also serve as a great reference on how my blogging and knitting has developed not only over the past year but hopefully many more years and notebooks yet to come. It is a comfort to know that I always have this little book brimming with creativity in my bag with me, no matter how mundane a day I may be having, to help jot down my ideas and inspire me with some old ones.
Do you keep a notebook in your bag, or perhaps do something similar?