Monday, April 4, 2011

DISCOMBOBULATED

On Friday, I was supposed to do this for Knit and Crochet Blog week...

This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.

There are no rules of a topic to blog about (though some suggestions are given below) but this post should look at a different way to present content on your blog. This can take one of many forms, but here a few suggestions:

  • Wordless, photographic post
  • Video blog post
  • Podcast
  • Cartoon/sketch of an idea
  • Write about a subject from a different perspective (for example, you could write about a day in the life of a knitted sock from the point of view of the sock).
  • Interpretive modern dance (why does someone always suggest this?
  • A poem or piece of rhyming verse
  • Stop motion animation

Tips: The actual subject matter of the post might be quite dependent on the media method(s) you choose to use and as such there is no specific ‘topic’ to blog on. You could blog about a recently completed project, a knitting experience, a trip to the LYS or anything else that takes your fancy. The point behind this post is to get people thinking about using their blogs in different ways and pushing he boundaries of what they use their blogging platform for.

With that in mind, I took my 2011 shawls out to play, and I intended to tell a story photographically ...
But the day got away on me!

Then on Saturday, I was supposed to do this...

Day six: 2nd April. Something to aspire to.Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.

Yes, I'd love to knit a sweater that FITS me, and then do the finishing in a professional way! There's a reason I love to knit socks and shawls... no seams!

... but instead of blogging, I was at Clover Point knitting -- and watching the traffic in a 25-knot wind!
And then yesterday, the final day of Knit and Crochet Blog Week, I was supposed to cover this...

Day seven: 3rd April. Your knitting and crochet time.

Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

Tips: Last year we had a topic asking about the actual location of where you knit or craft, this is similar but not the same. Try and concentrate on all of the little aspects that make up your knitting time. Maybe you always head for for your Flaming Lips CD when taking on simple knitting but prefer a bit of Brahms when tackling more intricate work, or maybe you enjoy knitting with audiobooks or complete silence. Perhaps your crochet time is never complete without a cuddle from Tiddles the cat.

I do my best knitting at 5 a.m. in the absolute silence in my saloon (that's boat-talk for living room), sometimes with a little fire going in the Newport. I usually don't even put coffee on until about 7:30, so even though I can't function 'in the world' or in relationships before downing a few cups, I *have * been known to conquer intricate lace patterns with narry a drop of caffeine anywhere near this body!

My second favorite place to knit is Clover Point, of course, although that's a different thing altogether -- I combine it with a mindful knitting meditation, so it's a slower-paced, less productive time. And that's a good thing.

My third favorite place to knit is our Friday Knit'n'Cafe -- I don't often get a lot of knitting DONE, but I love knitting with a group of other knitters, sharing projects, helping each other learn new stuff .... and talking and laughing.

*****

I have a full day of appointments and work today, so I'm off to get that precious coffee in the system before I face the world!

1 comment:

Penny said...

Shawls:

One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven. ....
All God's Children Go to Heaven.(old rhyme)

All that we love will be there too,
So there we will knit,
Me and You.

(2nd verse Written Just for you, From Me)