4KCBWDAY1 - the house cup

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


I think I identify most with the House of the Monkey.
As someone who hasn't been knitting for very long [it will be a year next month!], everything is a leap into the exciting unknown for knitting! It's part of the fun of this craft, always having something new to try out.
While I really enjoy the rush of starting projects and browsing new patterns and yarns on ravelry or at stores, I find that I really don't have a big problem with focusing on whatever projects I have at hand. My knitting's pretty monogamous in the sense that I typically have just one going on personally and one going for the shop.

In my short history I haven't been affected with Starteritis, and have had only one UFO lurking in the back of my mind that I've since finished up. I enjoy having an uncomplicated knitting life, free of any guilt of projects that I know I should be doing but just don't want to. The rest of my life's got enough of that as it is!

The runner-up to this choice of house may be the Manatee.

Looking into what the house of the Manatee represents, I'm brought back to the reason why I took up knitting last year in the first place. Knitting was therapy in ways drawing just couldn't be back then. My projects could have been simple or complex, every stitch was comfort. And I wasn't nearly as into the flashy or complex as I was with enjoying the simple pleasure of binding off something completed with my own two hands. Coulda been a washcloth or a colorwork design of my own, I felt great even if I made lots of mistakes in it.
Friends hear it every damn day, knitting's a miracle. I'm making string into the shape of clothes! How is that not a victory in itself?

Hey, maybe I'm actually a Manakey/Monkatee. But if I had to live in a common room and could only pick one it would have to be the Monkey house. No offense intended, but Monkey knitters might make better company.

12 comments:

  1. You wrote beautifully about the comforts found in knitting. I'm also impressed by the fact that you do not have unfinished projects. (I shudder to think about all of the knitting bags stowed in my closet--each containing an item in one stage of development or another. Glad to see your blog. I participated in Blog Week last year and it's a great way to be introduced to appealing blogs.

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    1. hey--send a project my way if you want it finished! haha.

      yeah, i agree about discovering a lot of nice blogs! i had no idea what i was getting into when i decided to participate, but it's been a lot of fun and a real exercise in reflection/writing so far. :]

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  2. Oh I think most knitters make good company. I cannot not imagine having only one project on the go at a time, I am probably the opposite to you in that respect. I think my main problem is I need to learn to say no when people ask me to make them things. Can't see that happening in the near future so i will just keep buzzzzzing along. Nice to meet you lovely, your yarn picture is just divine. xox

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    1. knitters make for an awesome community from my experience!

      as someone who also runs a shop on the side my response is almost a reflex--"how much you paying?"

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  3. Well done, Monkatee! Those socks look mighty cozy.

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  4. Lol, love the Monkatee creation! Fab socks too :)

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  5. I can absolutely relate to the reason you took up knitting. I started knitting at a time I needed comfort too. I find having something that is stepped and consists of simple straightforward instructions a real plus when I'm feeling defeated. On the other hand, I also love the challenge when the instructions aren't quite as straightforward.

    GO TEAM MONKEY!!

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    1. yep. knitting serves as a great reminder that even the most complex or daunting patterns or garments are knit one stitch at a time. all we need to do is keep trucking at take it one loop at a time.

      YEAH GO MONKEY GO

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  6. Oh I think you're so disciplined to stick to and focus on one project at a time! Good for you!

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    1. thanks! I think i owe more it to my small college-kid budget than anything else! xD

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