When I left my law practice several years ago, I was in a pretty dark place. Wrapped up in all of that was a deep, unspoken fear that I wasn’t actually good at anything, that I didn’t have much to contribute to the world, that I was just taking up space. One of the many things that helped me turn that feeling around was actively, intentionally cultivating my creativity. In talking to others, I found creativity often helped them feel empowered and worthy, too.
I asked a follow-up question at the end of this series of slides. I posted a little question box that asked, “If you don’t think of yourself as creative, why not?" Every knitter who responded said that the reason they aren’t creative is that they’re just following a pattern.
Now here’s where it gets interesting. It turns out every single one of the knitters I talked to chooses their own yarn, makes little modifications to patterns to better fit their needs, and adjusts things to account for their unique gauge. If that’s not being creative, I don’t know what is.
Everything I do as a designer builds on stuff others have done before me. That’s the nature of the creative process. Ina Garten taught us all better than that, friends. Store-bought is fine. It doesn’t diminish your skill as a cook. It's okay to use a pattern.