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Updated: Aug 25, 2023

As knitters, we share an innate passion for creation. Yet, when the summer sun blazes at its peak and woolly warm yarns become a tad too cozy for comfort, even the most ardent among us may find our knitting 'mojo' taking a seasonal break. But fear not, fellow knitters, for our creative spirits need not lie dormant. During these warmer times, I have found solace and inspiration in another expressive pursuit – drawing.

Last summer, amidst a sweltering heatwave in Denmark and with knitting temporarily off the table, I chanced upon a Domestika course on drawing and illustrated diary keeping, expertly taught by David Morales. I was seeking a new creative outlet, something inspiring that would allow me to capture moments, ideas, and thoughts visually with minimal equipment. Something I could carry with me just as easily as a ball of yarn and a pair of knitting needles.

David Morales' course on Domestika
© Domestika

Morales' course was a revelation, perfectly aligning with my objectives. I only needed a notebook, a hard pencil for sketching, a rubber, and some calibrated pens. Easy to carry on everywhere! The course was structured to fuel inspiration, providing guidance on drawing a diverse array of subjects, ranging from standalone objects to intricate landscapes and even capturing the nuanced characteristics of people. Much like knitting, drawing offers an absorbing escape, a way to focus on the details and lose oneself in the process.

Esperdet's drawings
© Esperanza Rivera de Torre

One of the critical aspects I appreciated about Morales' approach was the emphasis on using calibrated pens. With their precise line widths, calibrated pens offer control and consistency that can be crucial when you're starting to sketch. Whether you're capturing the delicate veins of a leaf, the bold lines of a cityscape, or the whimsical expression of a passerby, the pen becomes an extension of your vision, helping to translate the world as you see it onto the pages of your journal.

An illustrated journal becomes much more than a collection of drawings. It's a personal narrative, a visual diary that captures what you see and how you feel. It records your journey, growth, and perspective in a profoundly intimate manner. Each page reflects a piece of your world, imbued with your personal touch.

Esperdet's drawings
© Esperanza Rivera de Torre

So, if you are amid a knitting hiatus due to the sizzling summer, try sketching and journaling with calibrated pens. You'll find a fantastic starting point in David Morales' course, filled with ample inspiration and instruction. When the heat retreats and the time comes to pick up the knitting needles again, you may find that your creativity has been nurtured in a whole new way, ready to enrich your knitting projects with fresh inspiration from your summer sketching adventures. Embrace the change of pace, and let your pens dance across the pages of your new illustrated journal. Happy drawing!


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