Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY5): Rhyme Time

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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35 comments on “Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDAY5): Rhyme Time

  1. The Gingerbread Bunny says:

    love the poem! I never knew you were a poet aswell – your talents are limitless!!!

    1. Shinybees says:

      And you’ve known me all those years! I had a lot of practice writing ‘gozome’ (goes-homey) rhymes in the Falklands. The subject matter was much more select in those!

  2. I like this approach- much braver than mine!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thank you. Today was hard to decide what to do, but once I had decided a rhyme was the way forward, inspiration took hold.

  3. pigtails says:

    You are super talented!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thank you, you are too kind!

  4. *loud clapping* Well done. Love it.

    1. Shinybees says:

      *takes a bow* Thank you!

  5. Billiant! What a great poem, well done!

  6. Karen says:

    Your poem is wonderful!

  7. Kate's Twirl says:

    Wow. You talented thing you!! 🙂

    1. Shinybees says:

      I’m much more funny after a Blue Nun…

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thank you! I enjoyed your video post!

    1. Shinybees says:

      Thank you. I liked your interview for today’s post. Great questions.

  8. caityrosey says:

    Nice little poem. I’ve written a couple of my blog. They’re a nice way to shake things up. Also, there’s no better way to complain about a project you hate (but must finish) than with a nasty limerick.

    1. Shinybees says:

      Quite! I thought about a limerick but it turned into whatever that kind of poem is called. I shall definitely bear that in mind. Will check out your poems, I’ve been enjoying your blog this week!

      1. caityrosey says:

        Oftentimes the right type of poem just comes out without really having to choose. 🙂

  9. Stel says:

    You’re a poet and we didn’t even know it!!
    Love limericks myself – my mom used to write limericks in birthday cards and I just picked it up from there 🙂

    1. Shinybees says:

      Yes I think limericks are quite a fun thing to write.

  10. Cyprienne says:

    ::slow clap standing ovation!!::

    1. Shinybees says:

      Aw thanks! *bow*

  11. Carol says:

    Liked your poem.

  12. Nic says:

    Waaaay more original than mine -I think I cheated a bit 🙂

    1. Shinybees says:

      Nothing wrong with that in my book! 😉

  13. Gracey says:

    That was an awesome poem! Great job!

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