Robert Burns

Image Details: ‘Robert Burns’ by Theen …, via Flickr.

Day Five (Friday April 26th): Something A Bit Different
It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post or write in verse. You’ve already stretched your wings with an infographic, now it’s time to freestyle. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation. There’s not too much guidance for this one simply because the more varied the posts are on this day, the wider the sources of information for other bloggers will be. Bonus points if you manage to work your house animal in somehow.

The task for today calls for something a little different. Last year, my ‘something different‘ post ended up turning into a knitting and crafting podcast about my adventures as an expat in South Africa. You can forgive me then, for worrying about this post and what highly enjoyable yet extremely time-consuming pursuits it may lead me to. I shall not be wimping out, you may be pleased to hear. Depends on how you like the offering. Unlike Rabbie Burns, I am neither a drunk nor a womaniser. Neither do I sport such prolific sideburns. I am partial to the odd bit of haggis though. Here goes…

Ode to a Knitting and Crochet Week Blogger

It’s knitting blog week, and I won’t be so meek,
to hide my poet’s light under a bush.
I’m a busy little Bee, with a housemate or three,
as we type out our posts in a rush.
Many blogs we’ve to visit, our time knows no limit,
as we discover our brethren’s best prose.
There’s a little threat looming, a voice that starts booming,
from a collection kept under our nose!

All this talk of bees, peacocks, manatees,
and that cheekiest of all, the monkey,
Hides the real issue at hand, all over this land,
“Is it lace, sock, DK or Chunky?”
Diving into the stash, up for air at long last,
We retrieve the most golden of skeins.
Self striping, variegated, acrylic most hated,
Our collections are anything but plain!

We look and we feel, we squish and we squeal,
start to succumb to the fate that’s so fabled.
All these beautiful cakes, seemingly limitless makes
We find we’ve been royally enabled!
Rediscovering stash, muted tones or most brash,
Is a pastime that makes our hearts sing.
Adding projects to queues, banishing second sock blues,
As onto our Chiaogoos we cling.

The latest Knitty mag, funkiest project bag,
Sheep paraphernalia we collect with abandon.
Pocket money is blown, the latest shades we must own
and any Wollmeise we can get our hands on.
Join the latest fad, be it good, average or bad,
Fashion’s a fickle mistress, that’s for sure,
Staying up late, waiting for yarn shop updates,
This addiction has no legal cure.

But this Bee shall be brief, not a knitting time thief,
Back to your works in progress you must go.
I’m sure I’ve just heard, those most famous of words,
“I’m just going to do one more row.”
Knitting can be our pleasure, pain in equal measure,
A challenge, a comfort or treat.
No surprise that I’ve found cast-on-itis abound,
The minute that project’s complete!

And on that note, I will definitely go and have some well deserved knitting time! What’s your ‘Something Different?’

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