During this past week, I have been feeling a creative surge within me that comes with fall. Fall is one those special seasons where I see people enjoying their pools while family trips to apple picking farms are in full swing. In my home the activities are ranging from baking apple crisp to creating a unique ornament pattern for Christmas gifts. As the sweet aromas of cinnamon drift from the oven and jazz music oozes from the speaker, I find myself enriched in this world as these projects form before me. In a recent conversation where I was mentioning these activities, I made a confident statement saying “I am an artisan not a crafter”. It got me thinking of what that means to me.
On a quiet Wednesday afternoon I put in a Christmas movie that I know by heart for gentle stimulation and got to work. Going through my current patterns, I was able to increase stitches and adapt parts from other characters fairly seamlessly except for one piece…. The ears!!! I kid you not- it took me three hours to develop the right ear pattern. First they were too big and then they were too small. A true Goldilocks situation. Some would call it stubbornness but I have long accepted that I am an overachiever and cannot gift someone a creation without it being the best it can be. The several trials did pay off as I found just the right size to fit Ezra Elephant’s soft cuddly head. In addition, I was rewarded with a smile from a child and since then more characters have been created from this pattern.
The only thing to do is to relax and let the creativity flow. Patience is key for with time the creation will form before my eyes and then be released to each of you.
Kristina Lucia xoxo