Day One: The House Cup.
A bit like Harry Potter, but not quite, this year’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is split into 4 houses. Don your favorite knitted or crocheted hat and let it guide you to which house you will be in.
The House of Bee: Bees are busy and industrious, but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest.
The House of Manatee: Manatees are gentle, calm and cuddly. Relaxed and unflashy they represent the comfort and soft side of knitting and crochet.
The House of Monkey: Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.
The House of Peacock: Peacocks take something good and make it brilliant. Buttons, embellishments and a bit of sparkle prove that perfection lies in the details – like a Peacock's Tail.
I like to think that I'm well rounded and have a little of each house mascot in me, and while that's probably true anyone who visits regularly knows that I am in constant motion flitting from one project to the next. For me there's something so satisfying about starting a new project. I love the challenge of learning and I push myself into the unexplored territory of new techniques, stitches and skills on a regular basis. It's not unusual for me to work on two or three different pieces in the same sitting. I suppose this makes me a bit of a hybrid monkey-bee, but in the spirit of blog week I pledge my allegiance to The House of Bee!
When I started crocheting about 3 years ago I was at a point of transition in my life. Having experienced my share of hardships made all the more tumultuous through a succession of poor choices I was finally moving in the right direction. I was looking for something to do. Something to keep me busy and entertained that didn't require much physical exertion (because I'm lazy) or cost much (because well you know why...) I started dabbling in quilting, but it was a display at the library of projects made by the knitting club that sparked an interest I didn't know I had.
Like most beginners, my first project was a scarf. Day after day, row after row of the half-double crochet. When I finished I was so proud! But I couldn't wait to try something new. For the first year or so I was diligent in completing my projects. I made lots of hats, fingerless mittens (both of them!), more scarves and even an afghan for my son. I was learning skills, building my confidence and delighting in the joy of making gifts for my family and friends. I was a manatee.
So what happened? How did I go from manatee to bee? I think there are a few reasons. Blogging is the big one. When I started the blog a year ago it was just a way to keep track of my projects. Then something awesome happened - you started visiting me. How cool! Even though I didn't know anything about writing and maintaining a blog I did realize that if I wanted you to keep coming back I needed more to write about than the one cardigan that I was still working on! Early on I noticed that lots of beginners are hesitant to try new things. I decided instead of just keeping track of my projects I would use the blog to show you what happens when I try something new. By sharing my learning experiences I hope to encourage others to see that they can do it too!
Here's a peek at the projects I'm "actively" working on...
I think the other main reason for the manatee to bee metamorphosis is I get bored easily. I'm totally pumped up with the thrill of picking a pattern, choosing the yarn and getting things started, but once the project is established I tend to loose interest in doing the same thing over and over again. My enthusiasm picks up as I near the end, but the middle can be a struggle. I'm not sure why because I love working with the yarn, the way it feels in my hands, and watching the stitches grow one by one into something lovely.
So today I am a bee. And it's working for me. Every project that I start is an opportunity to learn something new and an adventure to share with you. I get to enjoy the thrill of kick off. Because I have so many different things in the works to choose from I don't get bored nearly as easily as I used to. The downside might be that it does take considerably longer to finish something. Happily I don't often have deadlines so that's not much of a problem. Do I miss being a manatee? No, I don't think so. Even though I'm busily bouncing from project to project I immensely enjoy what I'm doing. Knitting and crochet bring me great pleasure and have become so much more than "something to do". They're a way of life for me now, and because of the blog you are too.
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