Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY3): What’s Happening in the Hive?

Bee Hive Cake

Image Details: ‘Bee Hive Cake’ by Architekt2, via Flickr.

Day 3 of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, hosted by Eskimimimakes, is upon us. This has definitely been the hardest day for me so far, but then I suppose that is part of the point of taking part. It you do want to jump on the bandwagon a little late, you can find the details here.

Day Three (Wednesday April 24th): Infographic
There are many ways of conveying information on a blog; text and images being the two most widely used. Many infographics combine both these elements to provide a visual way of presenting text information.

Make your own infogaphic (no fancy imaging software needed, you can draw it on paper and photograph it if you want) to convey any element of your craft(s). It can be just for fun or a thoroughly researched presentation of an idea/finding.

I struggled with today’s post. I didn’t have anything I particularly wanted to infographic up, and felt a bit like I needed to do something ‘proper’ than just for fun. So, I sat last night and played around with some infographic makers, which were something new to me and I am sure they could be useful. And I fiddled and played and fiddled and played and my eyes went blurry as I minced around all the different makers, because I am a Bee after all. Then The Beast decided that it was time to scream the house down, complain of stomach ache in Afrikaans and then promptly vomited all over the bed. Cue a 3 hour clean up and go back to bed operation. Sigh.

As time has been short today, the computerised infographic has gone out of the window and I have gone for the rev option, one which I think you will like, and created a masterpiece of statistical nonsense, expressed through the medium of yarn. Nurturing Fibres, to be precise, my favourite South African dyer.

The sad truth, in all its unfulfilled yarn glory.

The sad truth, in all its unfulfilled yarn glory.

From the left, the blue cake represents the time I currently spend thinking about crafting. There isn’t a great deal else you can do whilst feeding a baby!

The orange cake represents the amount of time I would like to spend crafting in an ideal world. Not necessarily all for me crafting or sitting knitting whilst the children turn feral and the dinner boils over on the stove (you get the picture) but more just a productive time in the making department. This might be making for others, repairing things, educational making for my sewing course, alterations, podcasting etc.

The sad, saggy little red cake, 1/16th of the weight of the blue one, 1/5th the weight of the orange, is the time I actually get to spend doing said crafts various. I so want more time because there are so many things I want to make or try, but other things in life must come first and this rather inconvenient fact necessitates a bit of prioritisation in the project department, much to the annoyance of my little inner Bee. It may mean I need to develop a more monogamous approach and streamline my plans until, oh, retirement, maybe.

Plus all this stash revisiting is causing havoc with my best laid plans. Sigh. When all else fails, crack open the gin.

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21 comments on “Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY3): What’s Happening in the Hive?

  1. Karen says:

    I really like your info graphic! It really tells it all and I have the same story going on in my life.
    I hope no one else gets sick:)

  2. Marie says:

    I think it’s a brilliant infographic. I can totally relate to the sentiment of not having the time.

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thank you. Today’s post felt very cobbled together! I think it might be a case of enough time but too many projects going on. The secret life of a bee!

  3. Mary says:

    I love that you used yarn to tell your story! So creative!

    1. Shinybees says:

      I thought about using gin, but decided that might send the wrong message!

  4. Great post, I represented my small amount of crafting time today in a tiny slice of pie chart, but I love your yarny representation. Very appropriate!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thank you! I have seen a couple of pie charts, I wonder if it is anything to do with the knitting community’s other obsession… cake?

      1. In my case, definitely yes! 😀

  5. Renee Anne says:

    It gets better, I promise! Little Man is 2.5 years old and I can now knit in front of him without him yanking on the yarn or my needles. He’s actually pretty good about it, finally. When he was really little (and not mobile), he would spend a lot of time with me, laying on his boppy, while I knit. It worked at the time. Then he got mobile……

    1. Shinybees says:

      Yes, The Beast is now at a respectful age where she says, “Mummy’s knitting” and doesn’t try and steal it from the table. Sanimal is too little for stealing but needs lots of cuddling time! That precious half hour in the evening after they both go to bed with a couple of rows is great for the sanity though.

  6. chrisknits says:

    I think most of us can use this as a motto!! No matter how much time we actually do have to craft, we sure could use more.

    1. Shinybees says:

      I think we could do with a time machine!

  7. bekswhoknits says:

    Ha I love this Infographic. What could be more perfect than using actual yarn!

    1. Shinybees says:

      I think this could only have been enhanced by the addition of cake. And possibly gin. 😉

      1. bekswhoknits says:

        Cake and gin enhance all things!!!

  8. Izzy says:

    I love the use of yarn in your infographic!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thank you! It was a very much last minute decision, but it seems to have been a popular one!

  9. I really love this post Jo. I can really relate to that little red cake of yarn. I think your yarn-fo-graphic is perfect. Cheers, make mine a double.

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thanks hun! I have reacquainted myself with lots of NF in the last 2 days. I even have some grey, would you believe it?

  10. threebadcats says:

    I loved that your infographic was balls of yarn – very elegant and simple-and-to-the-point! Hope the tummy bug passes quickly and nobody else gets sick in the household.

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thanks! It was a classic Sheltie sick once and over with, thankfully!

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