In honor of the Yarn Crawl, my knitting group decided to do a literal trunk show. We meet at a Starbucks so people didn’t want to drag things inside, that meant going from car to car and browsing people’s wares right out of the trunk of the car. The group is such a talented bunch of ladies so their were countless skeins of gorgeously dyed or handspun yarn, fibers, and more. I restrained myself and only went home with three hanks. I already have a plan to knit the Cactus Flower shawl with my orange yarn and the Tosh Merino Light I got in the crawl.
My Paradise Fibers Yarn Club box for September came in. The yarn for this month is Crazyfoot in Poppy Trail from Mountain Colors. The colors are gorgeous for fall, although I have no idea what to make with it. I still haven’t finished last month’s project. The additional item this month was some nice goat’s milk soap. Actually, the smell as so strong from the lavender soap that I could smell it as soon as I opened the mailbox. I am typically allergic to handmade soaps (especially highly scented ones) so I won’t be bathing with it. However, I did tuck the bar into my yarn closet in hopes that the lovely scent will permeate the yarn (and also repel bugs).
My yarn club shipment arrived from Paradise Fibers today, sooner than expected. I didn’t realize it had even shipped yet. This is my second month in the club and I am very pleased with their selection again this month. This yarn is called Bearfoot and it is by Mountain Colors. The color is Lilac. This is a fingering weight yarn. The package also came with a little notions case and a pattern for fingerless gloves. I am not that big of a fan of fingerless gloves, but I already have a pair half done, so I will probably find another pattern. I love the color of this yarn and I look forward to making something. By the way, look at the adorable tissue paper it came wrapped in. It has little sheepies!
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.