4KCBWDAY1 The House Cup

KCBWDAY1 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.

The House of Bee: Bees are busy and industrious, but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest.

The House of Manatee: Manatees are gentle, calm and cuddly. Relaxed and unflashy they represent the comfort and soft side of knitting and crochet.

The House of Monkey: Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.

The House of Peacock: Peacocks take something good and make it brilliant. Buttons, embellishments and a bit of sparkle prove that perfection lies in the details – like a Peacock’s Tail.

So choose your house. You may be a combination of more than one of these noble beasts, but think about which house best embodies your qualities and declare your place. You can use one of the graphics above to display your house crest, if you like (though this is totally optional).

You could of course decide that you are so unlike any of these creatures in your style of crafting that you set up a rival faction and adopt your own house, though whether you get invited to the end of term disco remains to be seen, you rebel.

There is probably a little bit of each of these ‘types’ in most knitters and crocheters, but  I will always identify most with the curious Monkey.

I like new challenges and learning new techniques and tricks which I seek to perfect and add to an ever-increasing skill set. Like any craft or area of learning, there is always something new to discover and another branch or technique to explore, try and get better at, and as both knitting and crochet have seen such a resurgence in recent years a new generation of people taking up these timeless skills have brought new ideas and developed new tricks, techniques and ways of working that keep fibre-crafts constantly evolving, so that there are always new things to discover.

One of the things I love to do most is to pick up a new style or technique in knitting. Since I first picked up a pair of knitting needles in 2008, five years ago now, I have tried to learn as many techniques and forms of knitting as I have found to interest me. Some I have found fascinating and so have used them many times since. Others have been interesting to learn but I have not found them ones which I have decided to use again – but I have gained knowledge and confidence so that should I ever wish to call on them in the future I have those experiences to look back on.

To try and remember a few examples I thought I’d review a few of my ‘firsts’.

a: (January 2008) My first ever knitted project, also first project to knit in the round (the project also contained sections that were knit flat, so I got both techniques banked in one project).
b: (January 2008) My first attempt at crochet.
c: (February 2008) My first filled (felted) hand-knit.
d: (August 2008) The first project I designed from scratch.

e: (September 2008) First cables.
f: (November 2008) I’ve listed this as the first project to contain lace, though it is very slight and not what you would really call ‘lace’, but nevertheless it is the first example of using lace techniques.
g: (May 2009) First stranded colourwork.
h: (October 2009) First beaded knitting.

i: (January 2010) First entrelac.
j: (May 2010) First item made from handspun yarn.
k: (June 2010) First intarsia knitted project.

Some of these early attempts now seem quite naive and basic, but every new challenge has a basic starting point. I have learned many new skills since these firsts, but they have all tended to be more of the types of learning and refining new cast-ons or a new type of buttonhole, and I realise that I haven’t learned a new form of knitting in a while, and that is something that I want to work on.

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25 thoughts on “4KCBWDAY1 The House Cup

  1. Wow, if these are the first in their section then I don’t want to see your second and third. They just look so perfect…
    One question though: what pattern did you use for your intarsia work. It looks like something I would actually want to have on a sweater.

  2. Like you, I have identified with the House of Monkey but I am amazed at how perfect your first projects look. Do you have perfectionist tendencies and is that another Monkey characteristic?

    One of my mottos is “Perfection is the aim,but excellence will be tolerated”. I was advised as a learner to never let mistakes go, but correct them, because every time you look at the project you will see them and it will spoil your satisfaction.

    Do you have a lot of trial and error, unpicking and restarting when you are learning a new technique or do you just work very carefully?

    Whatever way you do it, keep doing it because you make lovely things.

  3. Ooh, I love seeing the different “firsts” for you! The next thing on my list to learn is steeking. I’ve been saying that for over a year. I just need to do it!

  4. Great post! I love the photo montage of your learning ‘firsts’. Even though I chose the House of Peacock, I am trying to learn some new techniques like center-out knitting and three dimensional knitting to spice things up a bit.

  5. Dear you are such a natural at knitting. Even on your first attempt of so many techniques you just had it. They look amazing, like things you’ve been making for years!

  6. That’s the great thing about knitting, no matter what style or difficulty level you like, there is something out there for everyone. I’m definitely a monkey – currently learning about socks. This week I’ve learnt a new really stretchy cast-on and have started designing kilt socks for my boyfriend. It’s always exciting to learn new things.

  7. How refreshing! You are the first one I saw that didn’t pick Bee. But as I would have joined the crowd and been a bee as well, I can’t grumble. Thanks for doing this again, even while sick. I had to sit (and knit) it out this time but am trying to catch up with everyone’s posts. Huge job that is!

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