You're the Bee's Knees
I thought it would only be appropriate to celebrate the launch of my new website with a description and re-introduction of my very first pattern. Do you get it yet?
This pattern was my flagship design that launched my Freudian Stitch Etsy store in August 2016. I had designed other patterns and to be honest, it's not like I have an affinity for bees. In fact, I'm pretty afraid of them and am paranoid when they're around; I've never been stung before and fear that I'm allergic. So how did I end up designing this pattern, and how has it become my most popular pattern in the store? The latter I can't really explain, but it's quite validating considering the former.
In case you haven't gathered yet, I love puns. I distinctly remember the moment of inspiration for this pattern. I was walking the streets of my city on my way to school contemplating puns (as any regular graduate student in a completely unrelated field does), and it just came to me: what if I used an old anatomy-style listing to portray the fact that you are the bee's knees? You're not just cool, awesome, and endearing, you are physically the bee's knees. I absolutely had to cross stitch that.
I've had people tell me how it takes them a moment to get the pun and they feel silly, stupid, or slow for having it not sting them in the face right away. But that's exactly the effect I was going for. Instead of those puns that are so obvious, this one takes a moment to really sink in. Quite contrary, I imagine, to the realization of a bee sting. When you do realize it though, it's rewarding because you figured it out and endearing that someone went through such lengths to tell you how great you are.