My 10,000 girls…
You all know I got four children but the ones of you that know me in real life, also know that I have some extra 10,000 to 50,000 little girls. The number depends on the time of the year!
I am an urban beekeeper!
I LOVE MY BEES!!!!
Beekeeping is just FANTASTIC!!!!
Even simply sitting down near the hive with a cup of tea or..indeed a crochet project and watching the coming and going of the hive is an extremely relaxing experience.
I went into beekeeping for many reasons, one of them is that by keeping just one hive you are immediately introducing 50,000 pollinators into an urban area, and that can have a huge impact on the environment. I like the idea of making a difference as an ordinary individual, considering the fact that , most of the time, we can’t seem to affect any of the sad things that are happening to the earth.
As many of you ,due to the media coverage, I started to become aware that bees were having a hard time from a combination of pesticide use, parasites and poor nutrition, and it also became quite obvious that they were doing better in towns and cities than in the countryside. I guess reduced pesticide use in towns, coupled with year-round forage in gardens and parks means honeybees could have a better chance of survival in urban areas.
So that is why they love their home in the middle of Glasgow!!
So , one Christmas, Santa brought me a beautiful Hive and that spring my first nucleus arrived.( a nucleus is a small honey bee colony created from larger colonies.)
I couldn’t have managed any of the above without the help and expertise of Ed, ( you can see the two of us checking the hive’s progress and doing some spring cleaning… ).
Ed used to be at school with one of my brothers in law and is a professional beekeeper and an expert in urban beekeeping .
He owns several hives of and also he helps people like me that want to keep bees as a hobby.
My colony has settled really well; they are gentle natured girls..( yes there is such a thing as “grumpy bees” !! )
Last year I had many afternoon sitting watching them , understanding how the colony works and as a bonus , after making sure they had enough honey to get them trough the winter, we got a few jars of delicious honey! So I am looking forward this new season of beekeeping
in the picture below a frame of raw honey, plenty of food for all the new bees ready to hatch.
Look at the girls coming in carring little bags of pollen on their legs!
I am soo hooked on beekeeping that in the next few weeks I think I will split my original colony and add another hive as I got plenty of space and they seems to love their spot.
I could go on for pages telling you loads of stories, fact and technicalities but this blog is about crochet, so, back to yarn, colours and hooks, my next project is dedicated to my lovely buzzing girls!
To explain what I am going to do I am adding another small fact about bees:
Like us, bees are trichromatic. That means they have three photoreceptors within the eye and base their colour combinations on those three colours. Humans base their colour combinations on red, blue and green, while bees base their colours on ultraviolet light, blue and green. This is the reason why bees can’t see the colour red. They don’t have a photoreceptor for it. They can, however, see reddish wavelengths, such as yellow and orange. They can also see blue-green, blue, violet, and “bee’s purple.” Bee’s purple is a combination of yellow and ultraviolet light. That’s why humans can’t see it.
The most likely colours to attract bees, according to scientists, are purple, violet and blue.
So that is what I have chosen as hues for my next blanket!…I am soo excited about as it is going to be beautiful !! I let you see a small preview..because I have already started ….
to the next, stay tuned!!!
happy hooking, love to you all