my fella is from rural southern ontario, and last month we went to visit his family for a few days. it was a bitterly cold weekend, but the view of all the snow on the farm fields was beautiful. this visit resulted in the idea for a new pattern, based on the farm.
i draw the patterns over and over on tracing paper to decide placement and direction of the pattern, usually changing things several times. i try to leave things for a few days before going back to them, to give myself time to consider the effect of the changes on the overall pattern