Monday, April 22, 2013
The House of Manatee
For more information on Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV, visit Eskimimi's blog here.
For the first post of the week, we were charged with deciding which "House" we would belong to. Our options were the House of Bee, House of Manatee, the House of Monkey, and the House of Peacock. You can read descriptions of the houses here.
Before I ramble any more, I'd like to point out that Mimi of Eskimi Knits made all the graphics you'll see this week that are awesome, like the two on this post. She shares them with all of us yoohays, which is very sweet of her.
I've read the descriptions of the houses a few times, and none of them fit me perfectly. The one that fits me most closely is the House of Manatee. The description is, "Manatees are gentle, calm and cuddly. Relaxed and unflashy, they represent the comfort and soft side of knitting and crochet."
And they are cute, too.
I don't mind knitting hardcore items, but I'm only going to do it if I want to. You can argue that sometimes the reason why I want to knit something isn't very clear, but sometimes I want to knit something because I want to prove that I can. Knitting should be fun, and if that means I knit a million pairs of plain socks in self-striping yarn, great. If it means that I knit a lace shawl that nearly drives me insane, that's okay, too.
For me, identifying with this House means that I expect knitting as a hobby to be relaxed, comfortable, and fun. I may be knitting something really hard, but I am doing it because I like the challenge. One of the things I love about knitting is that you can do something really hard, really easy, or anywhere in between and still end up with something beautiful that someone is going to love. What other hobby can say that?