If you haven’t all ready guessed, I like to make a lot of different stuff. Sometimes I have so many projects going all at once it is difficult to keep track. I am currently working on a sweater for a friend, making felted creatures for a sale, experimenting with felting, tinkering with tatting, and weaving scarves just for fun; and that’s not counting my non-fiber related projects. Needless to stay I like to stay busy. Despite all this there is a strange method to my madness.
First, I don’t just work on one type of craft, I mix it up. I will have a knitting project started along with a felting project or I’ll weave on my loom and work on sewing. By working on different craft type projects this helps prevent over use of my hands. I notice when I knit too long my hands will cramp up. After working on a very detailed shawl my hands hurt. One of my biggest fears in life is to hurt or loose my hands so that I cant make things. One of the dangers of crafting is repetitive motion. This is that main cause of most wrist and hand problems. By working on a different projects that uses my hands in different ways. For example, knitting uses a lot of wrist action and repetitive movement. When my wrists get tired I switch to spinning that doesn’t require as much movement from my hands thus giving them a break but still allowing me to continue crafting.
One of the best things about fiber arts is that some of my projects can travel well. when ever I leave the house I like to bring my fiber projects with me to work on while on the go. This makes flying especially fun because I have so much time to kill waiting my flight, I like strangling it with a pair of needles and some yarn. I knitted this shawl on my way to a wedding in Boston.
Working on different projects at the same time inspires new ideas and get over creative road blocks when they arise. I have found when working on a particularly difficult pattern, if I set it aside and work on something mentally easier it helps me figure out the problem. I used this method a lot when working on my Titan Alaum shawl.
The one down side to constantly having so many projects. I often set them aside planning on finishing it later then I never do. when this happens I often will start over because I cant remember where I left off or I will take it apart all together. despite this I feel that there are more benefits to my methods. here are some pictures of finished and unfinished projects