Tuesday, 23 April 2013

A Mascot Project ( 4KCBWday2 )

Welcome to the second day of Knitting & Crochet Blog Week. Today's prompt includes this instruction: "Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal."

I wrote yesterday that my 'house' for the week is "The House of Bee" and while preparing this post I became totally sidetracked by this 3 minute video which, for me, shows the awesomeness of nature (which I strive to understand) and mathematics (which I really don't understand at all). I am completely fascinated by things like this.

It should come as little surprise that my "mascot project" is The Beekeeper's Quilt (by Tiny Owl Knits). Not only is this project directly related to bees and made up of hexagons, but it is the project I have been buzzing back to for almost 18 months as we have a very 'on-again-off-again' relationship.

When I bought the pattern and decided to cast on, I had no idea how much this one project would teach me, including:
  • how to use DPNs 
  • Judy's magic cast on
  • various different ways of binding off
  • how to reduce laddering when using magic loop
  • and perhaps most of all, patience, as it'll probably be a few more years before there are enough hexipuffs for a quilt, and I'm perfectly happy with that. 
I'm not sure how much more there is to learn from this quilt but I'm still applying new techniques to it, such as knitting 3 or 4 at a time. Most of all, I love looking at it - the different yarns, textures and colours. Several of the yarns came from other projects and some are 'scraps' sent by friends I've met here on the blog which is also very special. So yes, this is my mascot project for the week but also probably for life.
Hexipuffs!!!! KCBW day 2


  1. Hi Sarah, I'm a fellow Bee house member, and I think that this is the perfect mascot for our chosen house. Your pictures are lovely, I just love the beautiful array of colours. One day you are going to end up with a beautiful and very personal quilt. I love it.

  2. I adore the look of the Beekeepers quilt but I very much doubt I have the patience to ever make one. Yours is looking beautiful, and very mascot appropriate!

  3. I am envious of your hexipuffs! They are all exactly the same size!

  4. Snap!!! I drafted my post last night and scheduled it to post this morning so what a coincidence!!! Although you are far more dedicated than me :-)

  5. Wow...I have contemplated buying this pattern. Yours is coming along nicely, very pretty. Did the pattern teach you all that or did you just learn all that from doing this pattern? I have issues with laddering also with magic loop.

  6. Oh I love the beekeepers quilt, and it is a perfect mascot project...I remember when I first found your blog that you had just started this, and I thought back then that it was simply amazing!

  7. Can't really argue with your choice at all!

  8. I have no idea how you can handle more then one hexipuff at a time. My yarn gets so tangled up when I even try TAAT socks that I can't imagine doing hexipuffs like this. The yarn is beautiful! I am sure others will be envious of this when it is completed!

  9. I love that you've mastered 3 or 4 at a time puffs! I have this project downloaded and queued but I'm not sure I'm up to the commitment. Maybe when we stop renting and own a house and I can stockpile puffs :D

  10. What a lovely pattern, well done on mastering knitting 3 or 4 at a time, its definitely the choice of a true Bee :-)

  11. I daren't fall down that rabbit hole ... very very pretty :)

  12. +10 points for bee math. :) :) :)

  13. 3 at once eh! Nifty! You'll be knitting one sock inside the other next ;)

  14. I love the bee clip, very interesting! And your hexipuffs are lovely, I have no patience (yet) xxx

  15. 3 at a time is knitting rock and roll! Love it and love the quilt it looks super squidgy ! ��


  16. The yarns you've used so far are wonderful.


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