Who inspires my knitting? That's an easy one. None of my friends 'in real life' are knitters, so I depend upon the community of people I've met through blogging. They keep me plugged into the knitting world, show me all of the pretty things that they are creating, give me advice when I'm having some kind of fiber related catastrophe, and are all around awesome folks. So, if you're reading this--I'm talking about you!
A couple of these gals (because they are all gals...a nice feature for someone who works in a male dominated industry) provide real inspiration for me in a different way. Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts and Stitched Together are strong women crafting in the face of chronic and even life threatening illness. I've been dealing with worsening chronic pain for over a decade, and it's a topic that intrudes my thoughts too much of the time. Whether or not I'll be able to hold down a full time job. Deal with having kids. Be able to take care of myself. Live a happy life. Hearing their stories of perseverance in spite of obstacles and living their lives to the fullest is a comfort to me, and I can only hope to knit something as creative and beautiful as some of the things they've made.