Creating My Own

For years I’ve been a replicator.

I’ve looked around, found patterns, tutorials, inspiration and then made my own derivative project. I’ve changed sizes or yarns. I’ve altered colors or adapted. But I’ve never really created my own work, my own products, my own designs. I’ve never made my own visions reality.

Well, for some reason, that has all started to change. Suddenly, I’m finding my mind filled with original ideas. I’m envisioning new things. I’m waking from sleep with dreams of things that I want to make, things that I haven’t seen before.

It is both freeing, and frustrating. All of a sudden it isn’t my mind, my creative spirit that is limiting me, it is my time. The time that I have to work out the logistics, to make something that seems so clear in my mind come to life in front of me.

A lot of my recent creative work has been knitting-related. Three original patterns have been knit and I am working through the process of writing up the patterns. A first for me, and a challenge.

Some of it has been writing; a number of essays have been dreamt up, a few have been submitted, some are still percolating.

Some has been in the kitchen; I’ve been setting aside the recipe book and making a few things on my own.

There will be a lot more to offer around here, patterns and recipes and freebies, in the coming weeks. As time with a little babe allows.

Today, I’d like to share with you my very first original knitting pattern. A simple drop-stitch scarf made extraordinary by the self-striping yarn that I used. It’s a quick knit. One that doesn’t strain the mind of this often-exhausted mama.

Download the .pdf here. Or check it out over on Ravelry.

I’m so looking forward to watching how this path develops and seeing what gets made in the coming days, weeks and months. I hope you’ll be here, watching with me.

(Oh, if you’re not inclined to knit one for yourself, but you like the one you see, it’s your lucky day. It’s for sale in my shop!)

  • Melissa

    It’s beautiful! I don’t knit, but I do like scarves. 🙂

    Enjoy your burst of creative energy!


  • Laura

    What a lovely scarf. I don’t believe I saw what size needles you used on the pdf.


    Danielle Reply:

    Thanks for pointing out that omission. When I made my scarf I used a size 9 US needle. That gave me a fabric and a drape that I really liked.


  • Lauren @ Hobo Mama

    Oh, I love that pattern! And what wonderful yarn. I need self-striping yarn!


    Danielle Reply:

    Self-striping yarn does amazing things. It makes the finished product look like so much more work than it actually was. 🙂


  • Betsie

    Soooo pretty! I only started wearing scarves on a regular basis last winter, but fell in love and now I’m sad that the warmer weather is here :o( I’m off to download the pattern right now so that I have this in my wardrobe for next winter!


  • celeste

    Love the pattern. My friend made one with 2 different balls of crochet thread. Absolutely beautiful!


  • Juliekfender

    LOVE the scarf however I’m not able to download the PDF. Not sure the link is working properly.