For Day 2, Eskimimi wants us to select a project that "embodies that house/animal." Although she suggests that we might blog about "the journey" to select this pattern, but frankly, since I am of the House of Bee and have already knit not one, but TWO bee-themed projects, I will cheat and talk about those!
The first was the Honeybee Stole, by the incomparable Anne Hanson, which I finished in February 2008. I made this stole for my (very) tall sister. It was supposed to be 7 feet long, but, lightly blocked, mine turned out to be 11 feet long. This was the project that made me admit that I have a problem with loose knitting! I don't have a decent picture of it, but you can see some of the bee patterns here.
My other bee-based project was more recent. I made the Buzzy Bee Baby Blanket for a friend of mine last summer. Frankly, it was adorable.
Because I had made it from KnitPicks Swish Worsted, I threw it in the washer and dryer. Unfortunately, one bee tried to "escape" or, maybe, commit suicide.
See the crochet hook and markers there -- I was trying to fix it! I finally gave up and just sort of re-knit all the stitches, making this bee look like he had lost a wing. The blanket was still pretty dang cute!
I have another bee-themed pattern (and the yarn for it) in my queue. The Bee Fields triangle shawl has been in line since 2007. I even purchased the suggested yarn -- Wooly Wonka Merino laceweight in Buckwheat Honey. This is a very "not me" color, but seemed so perfect for the project. I'm thinking this needs to move up a ways in my queue....