It is interesting to me what I love now versus when I was a kid. Case in point: bees. To start with, I am pretty allergic to bees. The first time I was stung by one was when I was very, very young. I might not have even been in kindergarten yet, so around 4 or 5 years old. My neighbors had two children around our age, a boy and a girl. That day the young boy was out playing with two of his cousins slightly younger than us also boys. They decided it would be fun to start banging on the tie wall underneath their porch, which a hive of bees used as a nest.
Somehow a bee flew angrily from about 20 feet away down the hill to our backyard where I was sitting on our swing set. I think I had just decided to go inside for the afternoon when WHAM. Something hit me in the face. I don’t actually remember getting stung. I’m sure my mom will always remember the way I screamed (basically the only way a small child can scream when in some serious pain). It turns out that while I am not deathly allergic to bees, I do have a pretty severe reaction to their venom. Wherever I am stung will swell up painfully and remain swollen for several days. I once got stung on my hand and couldn’t move any part of it for almost a week. Needless to say the first time will always stick with me though. I got stung right next to my eye, and had it been any closer I may have had some serious damage done to my vision. I think I had to wear an eye patch for awhile. Needless to say I spent a large portion of my child hood petrified of bees.
However, as I’ve gotten older, I definitely appreciate nature and ecosystems more than I did before. I believe in protecting systems that work together in harmony. Yes bees may sting you, but without them, we’d have to do a lot more work to grow our food. I even have a dream someday of having a hive. Though I would probably never actually be brave enough to get honey out them. Someone else can do that. So once again I put on my creative cap and decided I wanted a chart for my My Favorite Things scarf of a bee motif.
I think this is another one that I modified off another image. I also use different colors just to better see how parts of a motif go together. One thing I am trying to figure out how to do create pattern repeats, or make it so that I can do more than just a single row of a motif. I don’t want them stacked on top of each other, I want them offset, so you sort of see how I did that here. And yes, I am still having a ton of fun making charts. I am even going to get a little quad ruled Moelskine notebook so that I can draw some of these by hand someday.