A few weeks ago I stumbled across the fabulous Eskimimi Makes blog and saw that she has been organising a Knitting and Crochet Blog Week for a few years now. I had decided to participate but completely forgot over the last couple of weeks while the little guy was on his term break and we were on holiday in Scotland.
It's a fun exercise - thinking about all the other crafty bloggers out there participating at the same time and writing about the same topics but each with our own unique perspective. There are loose guidelines on what to write about each day too, which helps to provide some shape and focus to the blog week over all. Personally, I'm looking forward to the additional time to devote to the blog, and on my writing skills.
So... what's a girl to do but start late and just jump right in?
Day 1: The House Cup
The clever Eskimimi has asked all of the blog participants to sort themselves into houses. Kind of like in Harry Potter only without the singing Sorting Hat to do it for you. There were four houses to chose from:
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.
The House of Manatee: Manatees are gentle, calm and cuddly. Relaxed and unflashy they represent the comfort and soft side of knitting and crochet.
The House of Monkey: Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.
The House of Peacock: Peacocks take something good and make it brilliant. Buttons, embellishments and a bit of sparkle prove that perfection lies in the details – like a Peacock's Tail.
Guess which one I am?
I immediately identified with the Bee. Flitting from one interesting project to the next? Check. Check. And check. There's probably a healthy does of Monkey in there too, since I do like to be challenged on my projects but I think my abandoned WIPs and UFOs might rise up and strangle me with their yarn if I tried to claim and be anything other than a Bee.
It's a hard thing to try and pinpoint why I do all the "flitting" I do but I think it mostly has to do with having a pretty optimistic personality. I am inspired by possibilities and I think that the raw materials of our craft embodies those possibilities so completely. I find it completely calming and exciting at the same time to be in the midst of skeins of yarn and batts of fibre, whether it be surrounded by my stash or in a LYS or at a festival. What could this be? How should I spin this fibre? What does this yarn want to be? (Because yes, sometimes the yarn has it's own ideas about how to best show itself off!)
And I think that the projects I choose to do, my "personal craft style" as it were, are a reflection of this attitude as well. I'm not a knit-only-scarves person, or consistently doing sweaters, or small projects like socks. I enjoy the variety of changing things up from a scarf, or a shawl, or a sweater, or socks to a bag, or even crochet or weaving or spinning. To me it keeps things not only interesting, but keeps the cycle of inspiration moving.
Whether you are participating in Knitting and Crochet Blog Week or not, I'd love to hear in the comments what house you think fits you best, and why!