Almost over (and some hexipuffing!)

As I've already mentioned, the Beekeeper's Quilt bug has bitten here - or should I say 'stung'? Either way, I'm very excited about these little puffs of smooshy goodness - and so are the kids as they are "borrowing" them faster than I can knit them! After starting properly yesterday I'm just about to complete 'hexipuff' number six. 

Here are the first five along with the beautiful Hexibag I managed to get my hands on from Marianne at  Picperfec's Fluff-n-Stuff which she designed for mobile hexipuffing! It has perfect pockets for needles and notions, stuffing, it's shaped like a hexagon, has mismatched buttons and even has a little wrist strap for knitting whilst standing up - she seems to have thought of EVERYTHING! 



The 'puffs are made from a few different yarns - I have only a few genuine scraps (the purple is Nimu Torva which I pinched from my mother) so the others I've had to buy, noted here for future reference.

The bright pink and pale variegated puffs are made from Patons Fairytale Dreamtime 4ply Pure Wool and are lovely - very soft - but my favourite has to be the one made from Regia Extra Twist Merino - it's the softest most lovely thing ever - I am sure there will be many more made from this yarn before I'm done (and there are several other colours available). I also bought a 25g ball of Rowan Fine Nordic Tweed but it's a bit thicker so unless I can figure out the modifications to make the same size 'puffs that will be relegated to the drawer for now, which would be a shame as it's gorgeous! Oh and I'm knitting on 3.25mm DPNs which is a little smaller than in the pattern as I prefer the result.


Edit: Further to the comments of crocheters who don't knit, there is a crochet pattern for a filled hexagon called The Apiary Puff which is available as a free Ravelry download - enjoy :) 

The intention is to have this as a handbag project as it's so easy to pick up at any time and each puff takes less than an hour (I think it's about 50 mins at the moment from start to finish) but at the moment I am too enamoured to think about casting on anything else. This may well become my One a Day  project but I'm not quite sure yet.....


I have a feeling that a lot of my WIP Wednesday updates are going to be featuring this project. 

 

8 comments

  1. Laughter-filled knitting attempts with your mom sound lovely!

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  2. So, does your mum not purl then? That's a skill I need to master, I'm very clumsy when I do it still.

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  3. Crochet with raymond31 August 2011 at 03:01

    oooh exciting! I'm not game enough to begin a beekeeper although I love them! My concentration span is not big enough but I will enjoy watching your hexipuffing action! woo hoo!!! Where did your beloved dreads go?!
    Have an ace rest of your week,
    love Alice XXX

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  4. Hi Christine ... I'm Sarah's mum and as I'm left handed I was taught to knit right handed at school. (we did lovely things in school back in those days *sigh*) However, when I was having Sarah, I realised that it was easier for me to adapt my knitting to knit back and forth with one row normal right handed and the row back - left handed, backwards! You'd never know if you saw my knitting but it looks strange to watch me apparently. I can do practically any stitch this way and it means the right side of the work is always facing me.

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  5. I'm looking forward to seeing your beekeeper's quilt come together - I think they look so lovely!

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  6. Ooh, might have to have a go at this myself, Sarah! I'm not much of a knitter if i'm honest but this looks do-able. Could you be responsible for my first blog post about knitting...?? Maybe! Loving the blog as usual x

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  7. Thanks lynda, its quite the handy skill to have taught yourself!

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  8. What a lovely time you had! Can you wash dreads the good ol' regular way? How long do they last? How are they taken out?
    Love how you ran off for emergency supplies. I would be extremely crabby if I had forgotten my knitting gear.

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