Being creative isn’t something that requires large swaths of time or running away to a retreat. I work full time (and more), and somehow find the time for what I love: knitting, teaching about knitting, and writing about knitting. Here are some of my favorite creativity tips from knitters, writers, and artists.

  1. Elizabeth Zimmermann

    Elizabeth Zimmermann

    “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.” – Elizabeth Zimmerman

  2. But unvented – ahh! One un-vents something; one unearths it; one digs it up, one runs it down in whatever recesses of the eternal consciousness it has gone to ground. – Elizabeth Zimmerman
  3. One likes to believe that there is memory in the fingers; memory undeveloped, but still alive.” – Elizabeth Zimmerman
  4. “it is pure potential. Every ball or skein of yarn holds something inside it, and the great mystery of what that might be can be almost spiritual” – @yarnharlot
  5. It’s only knitting and it’s one of the few times in your life when there are no bad consequences to a mistake.” –@yarnharlot
  6. “All knitting is choreography.” – Clara Parkes
  7. “The doing and the daring are the magic keys to unlocking the treasure chest.” – Reba Linker
  8. “I will not let the non-knitters of the world decide how normal I am.”  – @yarnharlot
  9. “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. –Pablo Picasso
  10. Two Girls Reading by Pablo Picasso

    Two Girls Reading by Pablo Picasso

    “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi

  11. “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”  – Oscar Wilde
  12. “I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking-Albert Einstein
  13. The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”  – Pablo Picasso
  14. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep – Scott Adams
  15. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”  – Ken Robinson
  16. “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”  – Pablo Picasso