This summer, the Craft Yarn Council is making July, Anti-Boredom Month, all about food knitting. Ever since I started knitting, I can say I've never been bored. If anything, I seek out down time to fill it with more knitting time.
However, you can get bored with what you're knitting. I'm such a project knitter, it's hard to keep my eye on the prize when I'm working through several inches of stockinette stitch... in fingering weight yarn... in a dark color. Sometimes I just want that instant gratification.
A few years ago, I didn't have the mental wherewithal to stick with a big project (I had young children!) so I sought out smaller projects. My kids loved when I made them little animals and one of the amigurumi books I bought also had patterns for vegetables. I thought it would be fun to have a bowl of knit vegetables that never go bad and that children couldn't destroy. The book is Amigurumi Knits by Hansi Singh and is full of sea creatures and bugs as well as vegetables. [Amigurumi as defined by Wikipedia: the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures.]
For most of these, the yarn I used was Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, a great basic affordable wool with many color options. The green I used for stems is a mystery yarn found in my stash. Maybe a pima cotton?? We'll never know.
In the process I realized these were great projects for learning different shaping techniques like short rows and knitting in the round. It does get tricky working with very small pieces. I have avoided working on the praying mantis although, I may have to reconsider.
I look at these pieces and see them as a step toward becoming a more skilled knitter. Now, I'm not afraid to take on any shaped creature or fruit or vegetable (okay, maybe that praying mantis). And, I'm never bored.
You can follow the hashtag #craftynotbored to find more foodie knits and crochet projects all through the month of July with an all-day potluck on July 21.