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Monday, 22 April 2013

Day One: The House Cup

A bit like Harry Potter but not quite, this year's Knit and Crochet Blog Week is split into 4 houses.  Don your favourite knitted or crocheted hat and let it guide you to which house you'll be in.

In my mind it goes like this: I get my letter summoning me to Fluffwarts School of Knitcraft and Stitchery, pack my bags with plenty of knitting for the long journey on the Fluffwarts Express and arrive for the sorting.  The sorting beanie would barely touch my head before shouting 'HOUSE OF BEE!'  Seriously, there was no ambiguity here, no procrastinating about my choices, I'm a bee through and through.
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.

Regular readers will know that I have been trying to stop myself from flitting from project to project by limiting myself to one big project and two sock projects at a time.  This is working well, I've stuck to it so far and even though I still hover between these projects it means that I do actually finish things from time to time.  The main problem with being a bee is that sometimes I'm working on so much concurrently that I rarely get the satisfaction of an FO.  Sometimes one project will hold my attention from start to finish and I've noticed that they are small things like hats and gloves so I'm making a conscious effort to knit more of those things because, for me, the thrill of an FO can't be beat.

However, while I have managed to impose some discipline into my knitting, I am still continally tempted by the sweet nectar of (whisper it) other crafts. I can be knitting away and all of a sudden I'll find myself wandering into the dining room and sitting behind the spinning wheel for a bit.  From the spinning wheel I can see my handcarders and the big bag of alpaca I've been working on, so I'll make a few rolags before thinking that maybe it's time I finished up sewing that little bag I can see draped over the top of the sewing machine just there......  On and on it goes.  So the question is do I try to curb these impulses, maybe get some kind of craft rota going for myself, or do I embrace my bee like nature and just accept that it is who I am?  

17 comments:

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Embrace the bee! I am bee like too, I have decided to accept it although I would like to clear a few WIPs

pinkundine said...

I tend to start a load of projects at the same time, which means I finish them at the same time - leaving me with a lot of time in between where everything seems to be taking forever!

Love the though of Fluffwarts - if only!

Tecrin said...

House of Bee appears to be the most popular! I'm a bee too.

Michelle said...

Absolutely embrace it. I teetered on the verge of bee before going for monkey, but the Sorting Hat seemed to think I'd do well in both.

Erin Mcdonald said...

I love how you wrote up this post! Fluffwarts! Love it. I am in the House of Bees as well, and proud to be constantly on the lookout for the next item to put in my Queue!

Geekette Palette said...

I hear you, being a bee too ! So hard to stop flying from a project to another !

kathatravelling said...

Just like the others I can only say: embrace your bee like nature. There is nothing wrong with it. Even if that means finishing something will take its time. I knitted three different things yesterday and squeezed in four rows of my big crocheted blanket, so don't worry. (Obviously I'm a bee too)

Karen said...

I wish I could go to Fluffwarts:)

Renee Anne said...

EMBRACE THE MOST NOBLE HOUSE OF BEE!

I, too, need to reign in my knitting. That's why I participate in Year of Projects. It helps me focus a bit better....but I'm still too ambitious. Oh well.

Voie de Vie said...

Oh yes, you must embrace the bee. Flit away!

Love the ami bee - well done.

Vicki Yelland-Browning said...

ooh fluffwarts, I want to come too!! Congratulations on becoming a Bee!! Have a great day xx

autumngeisha said...

Being a Bee sounds like total creative fun! Embrace it!

Becca Huben said...

Embrace the bee-ness, says a fellow bee!

Laura Blinn said...

Other crafts?! How dare you cheat on your knitting self. It's almost as bad as cheating on one project with another. I NEVER do that! Did I mention I'm a bee too? :)

Vivianne said...

It's definitely a way of avoiding boredom :)

Cyprienne said...

Bzzzzt, if you have it in you, there's no reason to not to visit all sorts of craftual flowers as the wind blows ya!

Carolina22 said...

Great post and I can relate :) I'm trying to balance the # of WIP with embracing my inner bee. Good luck!