I believe it's the talent of other people that truly inspires me. When I see how beautiful something is that someone else has made, I think, "I want to do that!". Knowing that complicated, gorgeous, handmade things are possible for one person to create opens up worlds of wonder for any crafter who wants to be more of an "artisan".
For example, I just traded one of my 100% silk, hand dyed yarns for one of Trek's Sock Bags. These bags, which I saw on her blog, are adorable. They have a satin ribbon pull on the side to close the bag and made of one fabric on the outside and a coordinating fabric on the inside. They are the perfect size to hold sock a ball of sock yarn, needles and your sock in progress. The ribbon pull fits perfectly on your wrist if you want to walk around and knit, which I often do. I love the little applique elephant on the front, too...a cute touch. Here's a blurry pic that doesn't really do justice to this great bag...
A look on the inside:
A pic of my current sock project (for my sis, Kim) and the sock bag:
Another example of some amazing craftsWOmenship is A Crafty Kat's needle rolls. I have her circular needle bag (check earlier blog...not sure what month it was...April or March 2006?) which I love, love, love. I asked her to make me a double pointed needle holder with some melit-in-your-mouth cute, cute fabric she had...and here it is...(the pic is dark, sorry...)
Here's the roll unrolled, but not open:
And now, the opened case with LOTS of needle sets...it's all I have and there's tons of room for more...with sections for shorter and longer dpns...
This case couldn't be more user friendly, cute or compact....I love it.
Lastly, I know I've mentioned how much I love Yarn Botanika's hand-dyed and handspun yarns and fibers, but I'll briefly mention it again. She's now offering these gorgeous stone spindle kits with some of her fiber, too...a MUST have. I've bought at least 4 of her hand-dyed fibers and each set is better than the last....soft, easy to spin...and the COLORS!!! I want to lay in bed with them sometimes....mmmmm...but, to keep on track, I wanted to show you some of the "Lipstick" fiber I bought from her and predrafted...it's just waiting for me to spin it....
I didn't mention names, but all three of these talented women are part of our Blog Contest and I hope they will give us more information and tell us what inspires them next week at question time. And, of course, LINKS!!!! so we can take out our credit cards and buy, buy, buy!
What inspires YOU????