House of Bee

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…

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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.

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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013 (4KCBWDay2): The Beekeeper and the Bumblebee

beekeeper ornament

Image Details: ‘beekeeper ornament’ by mrwalter, via Flickr.

Day Two (Tuesday April 23rd): A Mascot Project.
Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal. It could be a knitting or crochet pattern – either of the animal itself or something that makes you think of the qualities of that house.

I would really like to say that, when choosing a project, I go through a structured and logical estimation process, whereby I decide on the optimal item and yarn to go with it, taking into account all essential and hopefully some desirable criteria too. Ok, ok, you can stop snorting now! I do none of the above. My Ravelry queue is, quite frankly, a joke to be ignored. My stash isn’t all stashed, so I end up having to go diving to see what is in there. I queue and favourite patterns on a whim, only to return and remove them from the queue a couple of months down the line.

I never do this fabled thing, where I organize patterns and yarn into a little bag ready to be knit. I have heard of it happening, but never in my house I am afraid. That is because I see stash as more of a living being. It exudes forces which can shape and change the way you think about your craft and indeed its own destiny. Something that might have even been bought for one project has the ability to subvert your will to whatever it wants to be, in the end. I liken it to some of the fundamental laws of physics and firmly believe that if you try and organize your stash too much, it will fight back and disorganise itself. So, I just let it mingle around in a couple of plastic lidded tubs to do its own thing and cook up whatever mischief it likes. It’s the safest way all round.

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

bee

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

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