Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Beekeeper's quilt

If you have spent any time on ravelry recently, you have probably encountered the beekeeper's quilt somewhere along the road...
The pattern has only been around for a few short months, but the ingenuity of not having to line a throw, being able to use up leftover sock scraps and having the gratification of having tiny little finished objects all the time must have helped to make this pattern a bit of a phenomenon!
This picture is off her blog, I hope Stephanie can forgive me for 'borrowing' it. :) Most yarns in the original are koigu, a yarn that is quite hard to find in the UK and if you do, don't forget to empty your savings account beforehand because you will need it! I can't quite justify the expense, so will mainly be working with my own hand dyed sock yarns and leftovers from my sock knitting.

This pattern actually came at the exact right time for me as I have amassed quite a stash of sock yarns, but have finally realised that I am really not much of a sock knitter, or at least that I have knitted all the patterns I wanted to try out (my running total of finished pairs of socks is approaching two dozen). Either way, I have already started picking whole skeins out of my stash and will probably add a few mini skein sets to my etsy shop to make good use out of the rest of it. :) If anybody wants to do some swapping, I'd most likely be up for that as well!

Anyway, here is my current progress of yet to be stuffed little hexipuffs, as those little cuties are called. I've been using up some Noro sock yarn as well and will be using some thin handspun later on. Considering I only started four days ago I'm not doing too badly. ;) Is anybody else knitting one?

9 comments:

Saski said...

Love your hexipuffs! I also love the rug/blanket??? its resting on! did you make it?

Mia said...

You are going at it gangbusters. I only ever have 1 going at a time. And I sent you a message over on Ravelry. I forgot to say I also have STR. A lot of it.

flyhoof said...

This quilt looks like so much fun and I love the colours you've knitted up so far! I'd like to have a go at it myself but I'm not a sock knitter so I'd be opening myself up to amassing a whole new variety of stash! Could be dangerous... :D

Cupcakekisses said...

Eek! A fellow UK hexipuff-er. Aren't they adorable. You are far faster than I am though (and neater for that fact!).

I am not off to drool over your yarns, I've been looking for a UK yarny person to feed my need for hexipuff wool!

;-) Cupcakekisses x

Snowberry and Lime said...

awwww... you're all so sweet! I'm already winding off mini skeins off all the full skeins of hand dyed yarns I have started using... :P

Drucilla Pettibone said...

i'd noticed it and i love it, and now seeing yours i'm totally inspired to try! it would be great to have mini-projects to pick up here and there. thanks V!!

Chae said...

I'm knitting one! :D
http://birdheartsbear.blogspot.com/p/beekeepers-quilt.html

I love your colors! I don't knit socks(yet) so I've been using up my stash of worsted weight, but I'm so jealous of everyone's lux sock yarns.

Anonymous said...

Your cast-on makes really tidy hexipuffs,I've tried 3 different ways with no luck! Which cast-on do you use?

Snowberry and Lime said...

It's literally as in the pattern, only skipping the first step and directly casting on to two needles alternatingly. :)