Tuesday, 23 April 2013

4KCBWDAY2: A Mascot Project

This blog post is part of the 4th annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.

Introduction to the Topic:

Day Two (Tuesday April 23rd): A Mascot Project.
Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal. It could be a knitting or crochet pattern – either of the animal itself or something that makes you think of the qualities of that house. Alternatively it could be a type or colour of yarn, or a single button. Whatever you choose, decide upon a project and blog about how and why it relates to your house/creature. You do not have to make this project! It is simply an exercise in blogging about how you come to decide upon what projects to make. Try and blog about the journey which inspiration and investigating patterns, yarns, stitches, (etc) can often guide you through. You may wish to make a collage or 'mood board' to present several ideas, or even sketch out your own design.

My Bee Moodboard

When I search for a project, I first think of what projects I have in my old red binder where I filed projects before the invention of Pinterest. Usually, I don't think of anything from there. So, next I go to Pinterest and take a look at my Crochet and Knitting board. If that does not inspire me, I go to Google, which is where I ended up for my bee crochet project research.

My findings:

1. Naturally Dyed Merino Yarn on Etsy - I love this color and that it's naturally dyed. Favorited.
2. Bee Amigurumi - This is the type of project I love. It's super easy. It's super cute!
3. Salted Honey Artisan Caramels - yum. yum. yum. I got a little distracted from finding a crochet pattern when I came across this image and went straight to its source to read more about it! Can't you just taste it?? Favorited.
4. Yarn Ball Pure Beeswax Candle - When the caramels took me to Etsy, I thought I'd look around there for some bee inspired crochet patterns and instead found this great beeswax yarn ball candle! Isn't that clever? 
5. Bee Movie - Any time I hear the word bee, I hear "Thinking bee! Thinking bee!" because The Bee Movie has been one of my daughter's top two movies for her entire life of four years (the other is Madagascar). I'm pretty sure I've watched or at least heard the movie at least a couple hundred times.
6. Bumble Bee Hat Crochet Pattern - I saw this and the next few adorable patterns before I got distracted by the caramels. I'm just not sure if my kids will be into it. They're pretty picky these days. So, I'll have to ask them and get a definite answer before I invest.
7. Bumble Bee Amigurumi - Isn't this a lovely picture? I love how they placed the crochet bee in the flower. This one originally brought me to a fabulous page with loads of free amigurumi patterns. Love it!
8. Baby Bees - I just love these. They are so cheerful. They were made as a teacher gift, a pretty unique idea. I never thought to crochet dolls for my kids' teachers. I might have to give it a try this year.
9. Crochet Covered Sea Stones - Where else but Purlbee! Very fitting. I've seen these stones before and love how the crochet cover softens the hard stones.

                                        Source: purlbee.com via Jessica on Pinterest

This is a typical pattern search. A little flighty, right? And I still haven't made a decision on what to crochet - also typical. Usually, in the end I choose what I think will be the easiest on that I will still love. So, in this case, if I really have to make a choice, it would be the crochet covered sea stones. From looking at the pictures, I don't think they would be too difficult or take too much time. So, I've pinned the free pattern and tutorial! Now, I just have to find the perfect day to make them.

Now for the House Mascot, I would have to choose the Bumble Bee Amigurumi. It represents the house because it's a bee. It is on a flower. It looks like it's eye has just spotted something else. It's attracted. It will not be on this flower for another second, but will flutter over and away to the shine that has caught it's eye. And on...and on. Bzzzzzzzzzzzz......


  1. Brilliant! I can resonate as I follow the same inspirational route when planning a project. Cheers!

  2. Interesting post. My design process is very different.
    Beautiful mood board.

  3. This is so funny - how you flit from one thing another like a bee! I love the Purl Bee crochet stones and the amigurumi bee.

  4. I am resisting pinterest but love what you have found, The stones are great but the bee is cuter :)

  5. I love the collage you put together! The bee is really cute.

  6. Love, love love the bee - perfect on its flower! isn't yellow yarn cheery!

  7. I love the caramels and the candle! So very cute.

  8. I love your board, it is a good way to put things together on a little board :)

    I love your mascot project decision, it's totally different from what I would pick...but also very adorable!

  9. Oh my gosh! My mouth is so watering for some of those caramels right now!

    I've always admired those stones and have been wanting to go to the beach to gather some. Only a 5 minute drive, but I can never seem to find the time... sad, huh? LOL Wouldn't it be perfect if a tiny crocheted be happened to land on one? :)

  10. OH......what a darling bee!.......
    Again....fantastic "creative" choices and descriptions!


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