The Blanket Everyone’s Making

I’ve been hearing about it. You’ve probably been hearing about it. Maybe you or someone you know is even making it. Everyone seems to be buzzing about the Beekeeper Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits.

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a blanket comprised of little “hexipuffs”. I think that the general idea is to use leftover sock yarn. Each puff only takes a little fingering weight so, if you’re a big sock knitter, I could see how this would be a nice, ongoing project for you. Every time you finish a pair of socks and have some scraps leftover, you whip up a hexipuff and, eventually, you’ll have a blanket.

I’m oddly drawn to this pattern (as are many others, considering the 5674 projects on Ravelry), however, I am not a sock knitter. There are no little scraps of sock yarn laying around my home to use up (Problem 1). Also, even if there were, I am not a fan of this controlled chaos where every little puff is a different color. I really like things to match. I mean really. My entire bedroom is done in purples*. It’s not even like I have a few coordinating shades and one is purple. No, it’s all purple. But I digress…

So that would mean, if I were to make it, I would need to buy a load of sock yarn to start making puffs. Which takes away the handiness of it being made as a method for utilizing scrap yarn. I saw that some online shops offer bags of mini-skeins that you could use for it, like this one at Eat.Sleep.Knit. Although then we’re back to the situation of colors not matching (problem 2).

I have also seen a kit for it at Jimmy Bean’s Wool that does come in coordinating colors. That’s more my thing. However, there’s also the concern with my ability to stick with a project for the extended period of time it would take to knit the nine million (give or take) puffs that comprise the blanket (problem 3). I can have a really short attention span for projects. The only thing about the Beekeeper Quilt that might help with that is that maybe each completed hexipuff would give me a sense of instant gratification.

Now, once you have the puffs all knit up, and your home is practically overflowing with little fiber-filled, yarn nuggets, you have to sew them together (problem 4). Oh goodness, how I hate sewing projects together. First of all, I have no finesse for this. I mean really, my seams look a little like you let a child hack away at them with some yarn. Sewing each little puff together sounds maddening.

I finished a knit throw blanket in December and, let me tell you, it’s a little on the heavy side. Wool isn’t the lightest material once it’s all looped together. Throw in the fiberfill, and this Beekeeper Quilt sounds like a hefty blanket. That doesn’t seem like something I would use around my home (problem 5). I’m always warm so I like light blankets. Has anyone made it and found it to be a heavyweight?

Each puff is made by knitting in the round (problem 6). I am really not a fan of double pointed needles. They make me feel awkward and bumbling.

Even with all those issues, I am still weirdly intrigued by this blanket.

 

 

*Every time I think about my all-purple room it reminds me of the children’s movie Wee-Sing in Sillyville. The little town has divided according to what color everyone wears. So there is a gypsy like woman who wears all purple and has a purple house. Her name is Pasha and I am becoming her. I wanted to find a picture of her, but the best I could do is this video.

 

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All My Money

My big order of yarn from Eat.Sleep.Knit arrived yesterday afternoon! I was very excited to see the box in the foyer when I got home from work.

Now, you may have noticed that there’s no Poppy color like I had originally posted about. Well, after I ordered, the store emailed me to let me know that their 6 skeins of the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted didn’t all match. The swapped it out for the color Growth. I was only the teeniest sad to give up the bright orangeish color because I really love the beautiful green, and it was one of the color choices I originally considered. I have to say, I was really pleased with Eat.Sleep.Knit’s customer service on this issue. They could have easily thrown the non-matching yarn in the box and I would’ve had serious issues making my cardigan. Instead, they offered to swap the yarn out.

Left  to right:  Tosh DK in Thyme Shepherd Worsted in Growth Tosh Chunky in Curiosity

Left to right:
Tosh DK in Thyme
Shepherd Worsted in Growth
Tosh Chunky in Curiosity

I also got the Yarnathon starter kit with my order, which included a sticker, pen, mini-skein, a jolly rancher (not pictured because it was in my mouth), and a pattern to knit a tiny sweater.

I’ve now purchased 6787 yards of yarn toward the Yarnathon.

Other news: I finished the bias shawl (it just needs to be photographed), and cast on the Comfy afghan.

I’ve also had some potentially great news career-wise, but I need to hold off on that for now. All I’ll say is “wish me luck”, I may be changing jobs soon.

Please excuse the blurriness. It didn't seem so bad last night

Please excuse the blurriness. It didn’t seem so bad last night

 

A Yarn Bouquet Only a Mother Could Love

I put together the yarn bouquet for my Mom and gave it to her on Mother’s Day. When I first put it together I wasn’t crazy about how it came out, but luckily I had some fake greenery sitting around. Once I added that it looked much more bouquet like.

The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash. I didn’t take down the colors but, as you can see, it’s four kinds of purple. It may be Amethyst, Wisteria, Periwinkle, and Light Iris. The stems are ChiaoGoo straight needles.

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I enjoyed how much the yarn bouquet echoed the real bouquet I got my grandmother.

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What Have I Done?

So I left work today planning to come home a read all night so I can start getting caught up on my to be read list.

What I actually did was eat fast food and fall asleep until 10 p.m.

When you sleep until 10 p.m., time loses all meaning to you.

Which is why I am shopping for yarn at nearly 2 a.m.

Perhaps the late hour is to be explained for the insane about of yarn I just bought. That and the fried chicken grease.

So here’s the damage:

6 Skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepard Worsted in Poppy 

I’m planning to make the #263 Neck Down Wrap Cardigan with it. I think it’ll look awesome in the bright poppy color. I am having some doubts about whether I should have chosen a more variegated yarn, like the example below to add interest. Thinking about my personal style though, I tend to wear more solid colors. I may already have a sweater in a very similar color… We’re not going to worry about that because that just means I already have jewelry to match.

 

3 Skeins of Tosh DK in Thyme. 

I’m planning to make the With a Twist Blanket for my future/someday/maybe baby.

Last but not least, 7 skeins of Tosh Chunky in Curiosity.

I’m planning to make the http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/comfy for my bedroom. The pattern actually calls for two strands of worsted yarn held together but I’m substituting for a chunky yarn and possibly making it a little bigger.

Fun fact, when I first learned to crochet (years before knitting entered my life), I decided to knit a purple blanket for my room. Everything in my room is purple, by the way. The pattern I chose was a sampler afghan. I bought at least 10 skeins of Vanna’s Choice yarn in two shades of purple and a linen color. I only made 3 blocks. Now there are two storage boxes of purple Vanna’s Choice in my craft room closet. I have no desire to finish that blanket. So, why am I buying yarn for a new blanket? Hopefully I’ll actually make this one. The chunky yarn should knit up pretty quickly and I have been really wanting to do a basket weave type blanket. I’m just hoping the yarn looks more purple than blue when it comes in. It’s hard to tell online and I am very picky about the purples in my bedroom.

 

This enormous purchase got me started in Eat.Sleep.Knit’s Yarnathon! I already passed the 1 mile and 5 kilometer marks, meaning I earned a welcome package and earned $20 store credit. Which means I get to go back and buy even more yarn! And then earn more prizes and more credit. Then buy even even more yarn! Then more more prizes and more more credits! And the buy even even even more yarn! So on and so forth until the bank repossesses my house because I can’t pay the mortgage and I am forced to turn my yarn stash into some kind of shelter and live under a bridge.

Knit Night (Finally)

I finally made it to Starbucks for a knit night with the Mansfield Area Fiber Inspired Artisans (MAFIA).  Aisling (an awesome knitter I met via Twitter) has been encouraging me to go for awhile now, but my school work schedule has kept me home. It was fantastic to get out and meet some other knitters and work on my Self-fringing Bias Shawl. Everyone was really great and welcoming. I even had the pleasure to meet a local Young Adult author who’s books I have seen around the library for a time. She was so awesome in person that I had to check out her book, Texas Gothic today.

Overall, it was a fun, relaxing night and I am making some progress on my shawl. I like how it’s open yet plush. I think I’ll add some beads to the fringe when it happens.

The color on this is terrible. It is way too warm looking, but it's night time and ... just go with it. I'll post better pictures when it's done.

The color on this is terrible. It is way too warm looking, but it’s night time and … just go with it. I’ll post better pictures when it’s done.

A Little Celebrating

So a few weeks ago I got offered a spot reviewing for All About Romance. As a big romance reader, I love their site for the reviews and special title lists. The prospect of getting free books in exchange for writing reviews was too good to pass up.

My first review I submitted to them went live today. Its a different version of the review for True that I posted here. As of right now, it is on the homepage so it is very exciting for me to surf over there and see my review.

Yarny Goodness

(Alternately titled Yarn Porn)

Knit night put me in a very knitty mood. I can’t knit at work, but I am stuck in front of a computer at work so my compromise is to look at patterns and yarn online.

Today I got on a kick about yarn-of-the-month clubs. I’ll probably do another post on it later, so I’ll leave that topic for now. What I want to talk about is this tasty sexy gorgeous yarn I found from Sundara.

The colors are gorgeous and the textures look absolutely pet-able. And, to make matters worse, their named after food. Raspberry Ripple and Lemon Drop. Is anyone else’s mouth watering yet?

The colors run until May 31 and are available in a variety of yarn weights and fibers. Although that $70 a skein cashmere calls to me, I will probably have to me more realistic and go for the $19 merino. I think $70 would be more than I’ve ever paid for a skein of yarn. By all means though, you should totally get it, knit it up, and give me the product.