I Must Have That!
I find so much inspiration from seeing other artists' work, and I have taught myself many of the crafts I know through reading other people's excellent instructions. For the most part I use instructions as a jumping-off point. Unless I am learning a new technique, I rarely follow any pattern exactly. However, I occasionally see a project in a book that gives me the "I must have that" feeling. I am compelled to make it immediately, regardless of how many other projects I already have on the go. This happened to me when I read Omiyage: Handmade Gifts in the Japanese Tradition, by Kumiko Sudo. I couldn't help myself: I had to make this ball.