Today’s topic is to think up a project that best suits the house we chose, whether of the animal’s nature or of the animal itself. Or bug in my case.
Bees are industrious, busy, and fearless, as we talked about yesterday. Trying to come up with a project that enveloped these three characteristics into one was a bit of a challenge. Honestly, the first thing that popped into my head were hexipuffs.
I’ve been asked a few times, so I’ll clarify. Hexipuffs are the little pieces you make for the Beekeeper’s Quilt by tiny owl knits. Fitting, right? Bees and all? These tiny little projects are perfect because they’re easily portable and quick to knit up. That means I can stay busy on the go or make a dozen when I get home from work with no trouble. Busy. That’s the key. These hexipuffs keep you busy without being overwhelming.
The other part of today’s topic is to discuss how we decide what projects to make. My inspiration comes from blogs as well as Ravelry. Every morning, I get up and peruse a lot (LOT) of blogs. You can find inspiration almost anywhere, so I don’t focus solely on knitting. I like to try other crafts as well, so I keep an open mind. For instance, I can’t remember where I spotted it, but recently an embroidery hoop clock caught my eye. I can do basic embroidery, so this could be a fun project!
I don’t know that I have one set method when it comes to choosing a knitting project. More often than not, I see something I like, rummage through my stash, and then get started. If I don’t have the yarn in my stash, I don’t make the project. If someone asks me for something in particular, I will go out and get the yarn.
Fearless is what I called it yesterday, I think. I choose projects solely on how much I like the finished project (even though I’m still a process knitter), not on the skill level. I never look at a project thinking I can’t do something. In fact, it bugs me when I hear that from others. You can’t because you haven’t. I encourage everyone to just try, but to also be okay with failing. The worst thing that can happen is you’ll have to rip out the project and start over or start something new. Unless you’re me and walk with your knitting. Then the worst thing that can happen is getting impaled by a needle when you (I) inevitably fall (yeah, twice now but not yet impaled).
How do you pick your projects?