Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Day Two - A Project Befitting a Bee
Our fair Mimi at Eskimimimakes (self-identified as belonging to the House of Monkey) has decided that for our second day of this year's Knitting & Crochet Blogging Week we needed to identify a project that, in some way, personified the house to which we belong.
So, ok. How to go about this. I could sketch something, do the swatchy thing, perhaps even paint something, but that would take loads of time - time that would be well-spent but that I do not have to spare because (hey, I'm a bee don't forget) I'm in the middle of several projects.
I am also, as I mentioned yesterday, in love with knitting and crochet books (and I have a keyword dedicated to it - crafting from my shelf). I also have a weakness for the awesomeness that is the Ravelry pattern database. Talk about code monkey extraordinaire - that Casey has developed the most amazing database tool like, ever. As a result, I initially logged into Ravelry, went to the pattern database, typed in "bee," filtered for all patterns with a photo, and pressed the search button.
Out spat over something like a gazillion patterns, including all those dreaded sock patterns. Gah. What next?
Flit directly to the nectar, of course - search my Ravelry library. Ha ha! Those monkeys have nothing on us industrious bees - nope, no siree Bob. Doing that yielded 5 hits, three from last year's fall Noro Knitting Magazine that, while lovely, I'm not exactly certain why they popped up.
Fine - I've narrowed it down to two patterns, folks: a lovely Drops dress made with two of my favorite fibers - alpaca and mohair - and the Fleas & Bees Blanket. I love a good blanket, but one with "fleas" in the name? No, thank you very much. That makes the decision super easy:
Even though this pattern was published a few years ago, isn't it still excellently relevant? It turned up in the results because the bodice and hem utilize a "beehive" stitch pattern.
While I probably would skip the ribbon, I actually love this search result. I might need to make this.
But not now. I have too many other projects on the hooks and sticks.
And I might still paint something.
Embrace the Bee within.
I managed to read several blogs yesterday, including one French and the other Swiss. Maybe I'll vicariously visit a few other countries today.