Thinking creatively or Creatively Thinking…(does it look better when I capitalize it?) this is still getting out of a rut or the doldrums.
noun plural \ˈdōl-drəmz, ˈdäl-, ˈdȯl-\
Definition of DOLDRUMS
1 : a spell of listlessness or despondency
2 often capitalized : a part of the ocean near the equator abounding in calms, squalls, and light shifting winds
3 : a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or slump
Here is the online dictionary definition so that we know exactly what the doldrums are. I seem to hit this at least once a month; more often several times a month. Sometimes Every. Single. Day..especially Monday…. a rut… not to be confused with the word Routine!
Definition of RUT
a : a track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage b : a groove in which something runs c :channel, furrow
2 : a usual or fixed practice; especially : a monotonous routine<fall easily into a conversational rut>
Falling into a rut is bad. It is something done by habit without thinking about whether it is a good habit or a bad habit. It become monotonous and boring, something you do without wondering if there is a better way, a way to improve, a new goal. I see it as something you do without any thought simply because it is the way you have always done things. This shouldn’t be confused with a Routine.
Definition of ROUTINE
a : a regular course of procedure <if resort to legal action becomes a campus routine — J. A. Perkins>
b : habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure <the routine of factory work>
: a reiterated speech or formula <the old “After you” routine— Ray Russell>
: a worked-out part (as of an entertainment or sports contest) that may be often repeated <a dance routine>;especially : a theatrical number
: a sequence of computer instructions for performing a particular task
A routine is a good thing in that it can shave time off procedure. It keeps you from having to think about what to do next. It is not the doldrums or a rut, but a process that keeps the machine running.
Here is a list of things that I do to get out of a rut or the doldrums.
1. Clean the studio
2. Check out books from the library
3. Pull out all the yarn and just look at it.
4. Organize the fabric.
6. Surf the internet for ideas or color combinations. This is awkward because you don’t want to copy someone else’s ideas. I look a bunch for different ideas for granny squares or crochet patterns.
7. Check out pinterest. This can also be awkward for the same reason as listed above.
8. Look at vintage magazines and books
9. Proclaim a creating fast for a specific number of days. I try to give myself a day or two off every week.
10. Change up what you are working on daily.
11. Window shop in antique or flea markets or even the mall.
12. Check out new supplies at the stores.
I use routines in my shop as well. When I am sewing I try to sew items that take the same color thread at the same time. I will cut out a bunch of items all at one time and then stack them next to my sewing machine. I will sew about 20 cup sleeves
at one time all using white thread. Stitching them all together and then trimming all the threads at one time. Clipping all the corners and turning all 20 at one time, one after another, assembly line style. The sewing goes much more quickly this way. In this way I get a majority of the work done without having to stop and think about what I am doing.
`Please feel free to add to my list in the comments. I would really like some new ideas.
I have been busy the past two weeks. I took quite a drive with our youngest and my Mom down to a family funeral. It was good to spend time with my Mom and out of my routine. it culminated in picking up the oldest DD from college and bringing her home for the summer.
We are now in wedding count down. I am also teaching a child to drive…. or rather sitting in the front passenger seat trying NOT to say too much or too little. I know I get frustrated and that the learner driver is also frustrated. It appears to be a season of letting go, freedom and flying.
I struggle with this as God prepares my heart to let these kids he has allowed us to raise fly free. It is difficult to not get into the full on parenting mode that has been the practice for so many years. I find myself apologizing for my words as they tend to spill out before I can truly realize what I am saying. They are old enough to make these decisions. They have a good strong foundation. It is bittersweet. Bitter because it is time and sweet because for they are ready (for the most part!) The younger two have opted to spend time as a family rather than head off to camp right before the wedding. They are best friends, well, most of the time. They know it will never be quite the same again. There will never be just the four of them under our roof.
We also know it will never be quite the same but we are looking forward with great excitement to the future as we wait to see what unfolds in their lives. It is going to be a beautiful wedding. We love our future daughter in law and know that she is a perfect match for our son without being perfect, because after all who really is perfect! Not me and definitely not anyone in this house.
This is what I have been thinking lately and it has been hard to put into words. I have been crocheting like crazy and buying fabric for the shop. I have just not taken the time to get anything finished to show or sometimes even started. Weed pulling, gardening, flower pots and making apple sauce, apple jelly and apple pie filling have filled my time lately. I added in a few photos of the irises that bloom in the yard and the petunias that we added to the new flower pots this year. We had a storm go thru last night and the flowers look a little battered but they are still blooming and that is the lesson to me. We are not going to look at the yard that needs to be mowed or the porch that seems a little cluttered. There is always something that needs to be done and sometimes we just have to let it go.
talk to you later,
I wrote this last week and the house has been cleaned and the yard mowed!
Here is the reason crochet blankets cost as much as they do.
15+ skeins of acrylic yarn for an adult sized blanket at $5-7 a skein. Yes, I use higher quality yarns. Yes, natural fibers can easily be double this cost. After all, why take all that time crocheting a handmade blanket and have it turn out scratchy.
15-25 hours of handwork at $12 hour because I have invested years in gaining experience and practicing my craft. I should make more than minimum wage.
So we will say the yarns costs $6 x 15 = 90
hourly wage $10 at 22 hours = $220
Total: supplies and labor = $354
That is already $354 for an acrylic adult sized crochet blanket, plus you add in advertising, tags, etsy fees etc… and you could add another $5 on to the price.
I just love working with all of the colors so I keep at it. I hope you like the blankets. I know that I do.