Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Knit and Crochet Blog Week Day 2: A Mascot Project

I am very excited to be taking part in the KCBW-IV this year. It has been a lot of fun playing along with the WIP Wednesdays and FO Fridays, and I feel that this mass blogging has an interesting structure and topic.

This will be a series of several posts, everyday with a slightly different prompt.
Monday: The House Cup
Tuesday: A Mascot Project
Wednesday: Infographic
Thursday: Color Review
Friday: Something a Bit Different
Saturday: A Tool to Covet
Sunday: Looking Forward

As I mentioned yesterday, I have declared allegiance to House Monkey, and today's post is about the thought process behind choosing a project based upon my house.

The starting place for inspiration is generally my queue. I try to save patterns there that excite me. Either the socks are charming, or the shawl is exquisite, or the sweater is cute. I have a couple of patterns queued that are actually just ideas for my own designs.

There is also the mental queue, of sweaters I have yarn for, and projects I said I would make. I have 2 sweater quantities in the stash right now, and I have a skein of sock yarn meant for the dear sweet loveable one, and I promised my Grandma that I would make her a shawl. I don't like to have a lot of these sorts of projects. Normally I limit myself to one sweater quantity at a time.

Take for example Elphaba. The pattern was a gift from my mother in law. As soon as I received it I went through the PDF, and I was quite impressed. It was more than just a pattern, it was a guide to tweaking the fit of a sweater to be perfect for you. So instead of being directions, it was a highly technical guide that told you why, and where and how to make adjustments.

From there I got a deal I could not pass up on the perfect yarn for it, and from there it is only waiting for the right time to start.

Since I love love love finishing, and I hate having too many projects at once, waiting is a fact of life.

So, in summary, I pick projects when inspiration strikes, generally with tantalizing challenge, with appropriate materials, and given enough time. So, as a Monkey, I start knitting projects that make me think, or challenge my skills.

That's all for now, take care guys

Molly : )


  1. I too like to pick projects when inspiration strikes:) I end up mentally queuing a lot of patterns that way.

    1. I have to remember to update the mental queue with the computer queue, so I don't forget.

      Molly : )

  2. I agree! (fellow Monkey) Fit-and-flatter patterns work well for customization and the "learning new things" itch while still providing a clear roadmap.

    1. It is so much easier to have a road map. I want to minimize the time I make sweaters that are only almost fitting.

      Molly : )