KCBW Day 2: A project fit for a Monkey

Of all the daily prompts coming up in Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, this was the one that had me worried. Yesterday was all about choosing which animal-based house most represented our style of crafting, and it was reasonably easy to settle on Monkey (or possibly genetically engineered Monkey/Bee hybrid with a craving for world domination), but now it’s time to actually prove that it was the right decision. Today’s (paraphrased) prompt in brief:

Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies your chosen house/animal.

See, the problem here is that while I have many suitable ideas to represent House Monkey, I also discovered that I’m part Bee, so choosing just one thing is going to be difficult. Let’s take a look at some of my options. Remember that Monkeys are “Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting”. Take out the “intelligent” part and you pretty much have me.

1. Design my own pattern

Right now my main goal in knitting life is to design something of my own, which absolutely meets the “like to be challenged” criteria. The plan is to start off with a simple dress and work my way up to such things as a cabled tunic top, but getting there from my current ability level is going to take a lot more research than I could write about in one blog post.

2. Just pick something

There are a ton of things in my Ravelry queue that would be challenging and teach me something new. I’m lucky to be new enough a knitter that most things technically qualify as “challenging”, but somehow that just sounds to me like an excuse and I’m kinda leaning towards something more dramatic to prove my Monkey worth.

3. Go off-piste

On the other hand, maybe a “project” doesn’t have to involve knitting at all! My main knitting disability so far is a complete lack of knowledge about different types of yarn and what is/isn’t suitable for a particular project. Somehow I just keep making things out of cheap cotton, because I’m allergic to spending money. Perhaps setting myself some specific goals and things to learn about would be a good idea, and that definitely fits with Monkey.

4. Do extra homework

Just to confuse me further, I logged into Ravelry this morning to find an owl message waiting from the Harry Potter House Cup group which I’m hoping to join this term as a first year. (C’mon Ravenclaw!) Anyway, after lurking around some threads in the main group being generally shy I happened to follow an interesting sounding link and discovered that Gryffindor is hosting a “Sweater Study Hall“. We’ll be learning all about making sweaters, from choosing a pattern and yarn to making sure the sleeves actually fit in the sleeve holes (an important skill!). This is definitely something I’m interested in doing, and also definitely fits the Monkey bill (I know, monkeys don’t have bills, shush).

5. Go literal

Find a pattern with a monkey in it. Knit that pattern. Meh.

So what’s a Monkey/Bee hybrid to do?!

Well, let’s face it, the bee side of me means I’ll probably do all of these things at some point. However part of this blog week prompt is the opportunity to earn extra credit if you actually go through with today’s project in future, so I should really pick one to be the Official 2013 Monkey Challenge.

I choose, of course, the most difficult one . . . *drumroll* . . .

Designing my own cabled tunic pattern!


So it’s official. There’s a lot to learn about yarn choices and construction techniques and sizing and how to write a pattern down so it makes sense and I could do it again, which you know I’ll write all about on the blog. By the start of the next blog week, my extra credit assignment will be complete and I’ll be the proud owner of something completely unique.


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9 Responses

  1. Cyprienne says:

    YAY designing your own cabled tunic pattern!! That’s worthy of an OWL, right? Come be in Ravenclaw, where the mad scientists live!! SOAR! (I’m a rising 4th year, the people are awesome, Cup-wide)

  2. Karen says:

    I bet your cabled tunic will be fantastic! It sounds like a perfect project:)

  3. Hannah says:

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂

  4. Ellen says:

    Designing a dress/tunic is on my to-do list as well. There’s so many places to start! Are you going to be using honeycomb cables at all? 😛

  5. Nisse says:

    Wow, that is quite a challenge! I wish you the best of luck with designing your cabled tunic!
    I’m sure you’ll learn a lot in the process!

  6. Triona says:

    Hooray for designing! My first ever design was a cabled cardigan in seven sizes. It’s still my best-seller on Ravelry. You never know what you can do until you try.

    And I keep using my sweater designs for OWLs for the HPKCHC, so it’s a good fit. I’ll hopefully be a 6th year Ravenclaw this term! 😉

  7. Becky says:

    Wow! Designing my own pattern is something I plan to do at some point in the future so I’ll be subscribing to see how you get on. Good luck!!

  8. Loved your post ! A home-made pattern for a cable tunic sounds very interesting. Will definitively follow how you’re making it !

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