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Hexipuffing, Month 9

Posted by Andi on May 21, 2012

Here is my current collection of hexipuffs.

Hexipuffing, Month 9

With the four new puffs I made in the past month, the grand total is now 101 hexipuffs! I have broken the century mark!! And with that, I think I can officially say that I’m 25% done with my Beekeeper’s Quilt. I figured I would need to make about 400 hexipuffs to make the quilt the size I want it to be. When I put them all together and saw how big it is, I think that is about right.

Unless I make only a few hexipuffs this month, I am going to have to come up with a new way of showing them all each month. These barely fit in the shot.

Oh, and this shot is a little dark because instead of taking the photo outside like I normally do, I had to take the photo from my kitchen. Why? Well, I started lining up my hexipuffs on the back landing, but then a gust of wind came and blew one down to the ground. I quickly put all of the puffs back in the bag and ran down to catch the rogue puff before the wind carried it even further away.

Here is a close up of the four new puffs (the column in the middle). All four of these are truly new, as they are the only puffs I have made out of their respective yarns.

Hexipuffing, Month 9 - New puffs

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Dyeing to try this

Posted by Andi on May 16, 2012

Every time my birthday falls on a Sunday it falls on Mother’s day. How appropriate, right? I get to honor my mom on the anniversary of the day she became a mother! This year we spent the day at her house. She made my favorite dinner, and a pistachio cake. It was very yummy.

I bought my mom a gardenia plant. I hope it started blooming.

Among the gifts my mother gave me were two knitting-related gifts. The first was a gift card to a local yarn store. I can’t wait to go over there and buy something. (And for those who are up to speed on my strict yarn buying rules, I can buy whatever I want with a gift card!)

The other was the book Harvesting Color: How To Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes by Rebecca Burgess. This was a book I specifically asked for, because I like the idea of messing around with things I can find in nature and seeing what beautiful colors of yarn I can get. This is the first book on dyeing I have ever looked at, so I don’t have a standard of comparison. However, it seems to have detailed explanations about dyes, mordants, and using different kinds of pots (stainless steel, enamel, copper, etc).

What I like best are the dye recipes she gives using different plants, berries, flowers, etc. that can be found in the wild. There are also some pictures of the same dyes used in different cooking vessels, and how that impacts the color of the yarn. Not only that, but there are maps of North America showing where said plants grow. I’m not sure how easy it will be for me to find all of the plants she uses, but it also inspires me to experiment with what I can find, whether it is in the book or not, and see what comes with it. I’m now highly motivated to go to garage sales to find pots and other utensils. And I am so glad I got this book in spring, because now I have several months to go into fields, forests, farmers’ markets, etc. to see what I can use to make pretty yarn.

So here is my question to you. For those of you living in the Midwest (particularly Northern Illinois or Northwest Indiana, but I’m open to other places as well) where do you see interesting plants or wildflowers? They would have to be in places where I could pick them, not in a protected location. As much as I want to get out there and pick some potential dye materials, I don’t really know where to start. I see more asphalt than plants on a daily basis!

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We have spiders!

Posted by Andi on May 5, 2012

The first of the Spider Socks I’m making for Tim is coming along nicely.

Spider Socks

The back, which I failed to take a picture of, has some small cables on it.

Up until now, these have been airplane socks. I got to the point on the foot where I had to form the legs of the first of the small spiders, and I didn’t really have the tools to do that, so I stopped.

Spider Socks

My goal for today is to figure out how to turn these strands of yarn into spider legs.

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