Picture of purseLast month, I wrote about my new Autumn Cabled Purse pattern. I’ve been thrilled with the response to this pattern – many of you have downloaded it, queued it in Ravelry, or told me in person how much you like it. Thank you, all!

Since then, I’ve been reflecting on my design process for this pattern. It all began when I decided to work with a spool of 100% wool from my stash. The wool  was too scratchy to be made into a wearable garment, so I decided to knit a felted something. Its rusty color made me think of autumn, which made me think of cabled sweaters. With these design constraints — make a felted something with cables — I began the design process.

The worst thing a designer can hear is an offhand “Just do whatever you want.” That’s because designers understand the power of limits. Constraint offers an unparalleled opportunity for growth and innovation.” — Scott Dadich, Creative Director of Wired Magazine, Design Under Constraint: How Limits Boost Creativity

I know that I need limits to boost my creativity. In fact, I’m planning to dig through my stash for yarn that will provide me with design constraints for my next project. Stay tuned!

–Karen