As I was sitting down making new stitch markers and reflecting on what inspires me, I thought about colors, music, my experiences and everyday life. I was working with the color “Light Siam” and one of the songs from the Walt Disney movie Lady and the Tramp popped into my head. The Siamese cat song, words and music by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke. It starts out “we are Siamese, if you please, we are Siamese if you don’t please…” such a catchy tune. We had cats when I was growing up and it so reminded me of them. They were always into something and always pestering our dog.
I thought about the products and projects that I’ve been working on. I have this one yarn that’s called “Fiesta.” It reminded me of a time when we attended “Fiesta San Antonio.” Such a fun time, lots of color, music and food. I’ve made stitch markers and am working on a pair of boot socks each inspired from the colors in this yarn.
Then there are other times when you are specifically looking for something to match what you already have and all of a sudden it just pops out at you. I had gotten this great pom pom as a Christmas gift and wanted to make a hat to attach it to. I found this beautiful Malabrigo yarn at Bliss Yarns.
When you look at nature, there is so much around to inspire us. This past fall I was sitting out on our patio and noticed the yellow and green leaves as the trees were changing their colors. I found a great 100% baby Alpaca yarn at The Joy of Knitting that I just had to buy. It’s going make a great pullover sweater for next Fall and Winter.
It’s amazing to me how songs, our life experiences and the environment that surround us affect what inspires us.
Inspiration can come from anywhere as long as we keep our eyes and ears open. I hope you take the time to think about what inspires you, where it comes from and that it puts a smile on your face and gives you new ideas.