Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY1): Be Never too Busy to Bee Shiny


Image Details: “Bee” by BaileyWho?, via Flickr.

So, the first day of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is upon us, and I have sorted myself into the House of Bee. Not only because it has my entire blog and podcast name in the description, but also because it totally describes my attitude to crafting and projects in general.

The description is as follows, “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.”

House of Bee

I am definitely what is described as a multi-crafter, or indeed you could say that in the wider sense I am a multi-hobbyist. This is the product of a child with a criminally short attention span which led me to think up new and inventive ways to entertain myself; something which carried over into my adult life. Once engrossed in a project that has captured my attention, I pursue it in the manner of a St Bernard rescuing a fallen climber, with little to no regard to my own personal safety. I am, however, prone to being inspired and enabled away to countless other projects with a flash of sparkly yarn or a view of someone else’s amazing project.

This has been further enhanced of late due to the arrival of our second child. Whilst I now have little time with my hands free to work on my projects or actually do any sewing at sewing class, I now have a lot more time to think about crafting. This is inherently dangerous, due to the lack of a tangible time frame that such pursuits will take. Naturally, it is sheer folly to give such trivialities a second thought when drudging one’s way through the dream feed with a glazed expression: after all, that is not what daydreaming about crafts is for my friends. It is an essential activity in maintaining one’s morale, and should not be sullied with unsavoury matters such as times to do said projects, cost, practicality etc.

I don’t think this is a bad thing. Whilst I lament my inability to finish any gift knitting on time, or the number of half or indeed almost fully finished projects that I have been distracted away from, it is the learning process and activity itself I enjoy.

So, which animal did you choose?

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60 comments on “Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY1): Be Never too Busy to Bee Shiny

    1. Shinybees says:

      It’s all about Team Bee. I did nearly end up in Team Monkey though!

      1. bekswhoknits says:

        Yup I think I went back and forth between the houses many times. In the end I asked my partner and he immediately said bee before he read any of the other options. That sealed it.

  1. Pigtails says:

    Hello from another person living in SA and who also enjoyed the African series on Top Gear! 😀 The bee is super fitting to your craft, love the mosaic too. I am a Monkey. Cheers!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Yay! LOVE hearing from other people in SA. Such an inspiring place to be, no wonder I get distracted. Where in SA are you?

      1. Pigtails says:

        In the boring Pretoria LOL but family all lives in the Cape – CTN, Grootbrak, Klein Karoo etc! You live in a much more interesting and actually amazing part of the country.

        1. Shinybees says:

          Yes, I think Limpopo is probably quite a well-kept secret from most South Africans! It is nice to head down to the bright lights of PTA/JHB every now and again though.

  2. Candace says:

    And another bee! Not come across any other types yet. Have a great week x

    1. Shinybees says:

      I think the bee has been quite popular. I guess we all either think we work hard or (more likely) are very easily distracted by shiny things!

  3. Also a fellow South African, fellow Bee :D! Living in the cold alps of Switzerland – wish the weather would make up it’s mind spring or winter!
    Nice to find your blog, look forward to visiting over the coming week.

    P.S. I see you are on Bloglovin’ do come by and join in the Bloglovin’ Blog-Hop Blog-hop I am co-hosting today 🙂

    1. Shinybees says:

      Likewise! I think it is going to be a great week. I bet the Swiss Alps are a beautiful place to live.

  4. Becky says:

    A fellow North West England girl and a fellow Bee! I really couldn’t be anything else!! Oooh, pretty….

    1. Shinybees says:

      Oh lovely! Us Northerners do like to stick together!

  5. pinkhairgirl says:

    I am also a bee, with so many WIPs it is criminal.

    1. Shinybees says:

      You definitely have an industrious output though. I am totally in love with your Dragon’s Hope pattern at the moment. Now to source the perfect yarn… oh the cycle begins again!

  6. How fitting that it’s your blog title as well! Love your description of being a Bee, sounds very creative and inspiring

    1. Shinybees says:

      Haha, thank you! Sometimes I just wish I could be a bit more focussed on finishing things. Such a 90%er!

  7. Vivianne says:

    Aha ! LOL I thought your humor sounded English 😀

    1. Shinybees says:

      Indeed I am. I would like to think honorary South African by now though. But, yes, definitely a British sense of humour 😀

  8. I’m Team Monkey- I have a small baby, so I try and doggedly pursue the same project, otherwise my house would be just full of yarn and unfinished projects!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Yes, but yarn and unfinished projects count as insulation, surely?! 😀

    2. I have tried to pursue the same project due to small baby (aka mini dictator) restrictions on knitting time. I have however failed, and my house is now full of wips and random skeins of yarn just waiting to be loved.

  9. Stel says:

    SO agree with you, JO! Lovely mosaic.
    (Ex-Limpopo, now Pretoria 🙂

    1. Shinybees says:

      Ooooh! Where in Limpopo?

      1. Stel says:

        We were based in Polokwane, worked from Beauty to Bushbuckridge, Modimolle to Masisi. Was a great time, saw beautiful scenery, met lovely people, loved the village names (Sweet Home, My Darling, Les Fountaines – in the middle of Blouberg!)

    2. Shinybees says:

      Very nice! We love the area over towards Tzaneen, Haetnertzberg especially! Beautiful!

  10. Mari says:

    I didn’t choose an animal!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Did you choose something else instead? It is hard if you have a mixture of attributes from the different houses I think!

  11. It was bee for me too, so much on the go!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Yep – buzzing around, hitting the window, not getting much done but working at a million miles an hour!

  12. Faith says:

    I am a bee as well! I do think the fantasy knitting is what really makes us who we are — it is inspiring but has saved me from many a disastrous knitting project.

    1. Shinybees says:

      *Fist bump* I can relate to the fantasy knitting thing, for sure. You just gave me a great idea for tomorrow’s post, actually! Thanks! 😀

  13. Sarah says:

    Another bee here too! I know what you mean about having time to *think* about crafting – I find that the most dangerous time of all – SOOOOO many plans but little time for execution!

    I hope you enjoy the rest of KCBW.


    1. Shinybees says:

      Yes, definitely. There is always a judicious helping of World Domination shoehorned in as well as all the projects!

  14. pisky Cove says:

    Love your mosaic….nothing at all wrong with being a multi-crafter! And if something is as lovely as your yours it is worth the wait 😉 x

  15. pisky Cove says:

    oops forgot to say… house of monkey for me!!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Oooh a monkey! I think the problem with enjoying more than one craft if you are a bee is that you then have multiple wips in each craft. Then there are multiple queues and a whole world of daydreaming!

  16. I’m a bee! I love how you say that while your hands are not free to do the projects, you have the time to THINK about them – that is perfect! I feel the same way – suddenly (probably coinciding with my 2nd child as well) I am trying to do a lot more!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Yes, the daydreaming of crafting potential yet to be released is a great pastime. I like to think of it in terms of visualisation, as an Olympic athlete would before a race! Do you also find you have your best ideas whilst trapped beneath the baby?

  17. Jessica says:

    I’m also another busy bee! Lots going on and always more that I want to do!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Yes! And the internet does fuel the addiction. You can search for patterns or yarn any time of the day or night and in almost any location!

  18. Renee Anne says:

    Ah, the most Noble House of Bee. I, too, chose that as my house for the next seven days…perhaps because I’m a bit flighty and can’t just do one thing.

    With a toddler in the house and a recent move, I can definitely understand the inability to have time to do withat you want. I suppose that’s why most of my knitting and spinning are done during naps or late at night. But then there’s all day long when I think and all the designs want to be knit and my wheel starts calling out to me, telling me to spin spin spin…

    1. Shinybees says:

      Oh yes. Very familiar! Of course, being a Bee lends itself to the daydreaming as I think it is an attention thing. If you can’t occupy your attention doing then thinking about it is the next best thing!

  19. amy says:

    Howdy fellow Bee!

    1. Shinybees says:

      *High Five*. I am of course, assuming there, that bees can actually high five… Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Madmum says:

    Hi, from a fellow Bee. I know what you mean about too much time to think – often leads to knitting paralysis for me 🙂

    1. Shinybees says:

      Oooh that is an interesting concept. As in too much time to daydream leads to over-saturation of the brain? Or do you spend so much time thinking about a project that you spook yourself out of starting it?

  21. anji says:

    I’m Team Bee as well. I did waver back and forth between House Bee and House Monkey, but I really like to change things up. I like to knit different things to avoid getting to bored with a knit project. I totally get the whole multi-crafter thing, I do the same thing

    1. Shinybees says:

      Glad it isn’t just me! What other crafts are you into?

      1. anji says:

        I’ve started to do more work with wood over the last two years, and I really enjoy how tactile it is. And I’ve been doing a lot with photography – I originally started up with that to photograph my projects. But it has taken on a life of its own, so I consider it a craft as well 🙂

    2. Shinybees says:

      Yes, I would definitely say that photography counts as a craft, there is so much you can do with it and so much to learn. Your woodwork sounds very interesting, I will be over to your blog to check it out!

  22. Nic says:

    Woo hoo Jo! I’m a Bee too! I do love daydreaming about my craft too…

    1. Shinybees says:

      Hello lovely Nic! I would have guessed that you were a Bee!

  23. April says:

    Hello fellow bee! It seems I am in good company as I’m often daydreaming about new projects while working on current projects. 🙂

  24. niccupp says:

    Go Team bee! As I read your post I thought to myself, she is describing me. I also have an issue with finishing gifted projects on time and I have two bins filled with UFOs.

    1. Shinybees says:

      Haha! Yes! Do you find that even when you start a project with loads of time to do it, that it still never gets finished on time? How does that work?!!

  25. Vicki says:

    Another bee here too 😉

    1. Shinybees says:

      Team Bee is by far the biggest I think!

  26. Cyprienne says:

    We would have been totally happy to have you on Team Monkey, of course, but Team Bee is the obvious choice and not only because of your blog name. Anyone as multi-talented as you should be r.e.q.u.i.r.e.d to spread the love around to various projects!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Aw, you are very kind! I don’t know what to say!

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