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Archive for March, 2015

In Which my Beekeeper’s Quilt Starts To Look Like a Quilt

Posted by Andi on March 10, 2015

I have barely knit in the past week. I hurt my arms. It was my own fault. About two weeks ago I started having a few intense typing sessions where I wasn’t taking care of my hands. That weekend I was under the weather, and all I wanted to do was knit. I knit and knit and knit, even though my arms hurt. So now they hurt more. Stupid, I know. So I’ve been letting my arms rest. My left arm is doing much better. It’s not 100% but the rest is doing it well. The right arm has been slower because I’m right handed and I use it to write. But it’s getting there.

I decided to stop knitting for a bit (though I did knit a few rounds on a sock last night). However, I still wanted to get some crafty-related things done. One of the things I decided to do was to start sewing together some of my hexipuffs.

I maybe have half the number of hexipuffs i will need for my blanket, but I've started sewing them together. #knitting

I’ve actually assembled a few more since I took this picture. I figured the sewing wouldn’t hurt my hands as much (and I was right), but I was also thinking that if I waited and did all the sewing when I finished knitting all the hexipuffs it would take forever and I would lose motivation. Normally I hate sewing seams and that type of finishing work, but I’ve really enjoyed this. Maybe it’s because each seam is small, or maybe it’s because I’m enjoying figuring out which hexipuff to add next. Whatever the case may be, I’ve actually been motivated to do this.

I’m trying to make the quilt look as random as possible. I don’t want too many solids near each other, but I don’t want too many variegated hexipuffs next to each other. I don’t want similar colors next to each other. Sometimes I go through 10 or 12 hexipuffs before I find the next one I want to add, but that’s okay. I’m using a whip stitch to sew the hexipuffs together on the wrong size. In some places some of the stitching is visible on the right side, but I’m not too concerned about that.

This is still a long term project. I figure I haven’t knit even half of what I need to make the size blanket I want. The nice thing about starting to assemble it is it will be more obvious when I have enough since I don’t have to wonder what size it is.

I’m using scrap yarn, some of the same scraps I used to make hexipuffs, to sew it together. It’s using even more yarn!! The problem is I haven’t been deducting it from my stash. Hm. I might have to come up with a way to estimate that.


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Buying more yarn than I’m knitting

Posted by Andi on March 8, 2015

Even though I’m trying to keep my yarn purchases to a minimum, I think I bought more yarn in February than I used.

It started on Presidents’ Day. I had the day off. I went to the dentist, then had some time to kill before meeting up with friends, so I went to a yarn shop that I haven’t been to in quite a long time. I just wanted to see what they were carrying these days.

I was good. I made it to the back of the store without wanting to buy something, when I came upon the sale yarn. My inclination was to take the sock yarn I saw, because I can always do something with that, but I have so much sock yarn it isn’t even funny. Then I saw the pack of 10 skeins of Berroco Captiva for half off.

Berroco Captiva

I figured it would make a nice top, so I bought it. I never would have bought this yarn had it been full price. I might make Pause or Flex. There are a few other patterns in the running, but those are the front runners at the moment.

Later in the month I took a trip to my LYS because I hadn’t been in there in a long time. I stumbled upon this yarn.

Berroco Lustra

I loved how it is red and blue. One of the women who works in the shop said that when it is knit up it looks red with a blue halo. Awesome! I bought all three skeins they had. I don’t know what I would have done if they had more. I was scouring Ravelry for something to make with it. I wanted something simple because the yarn is so pretty and I want that to be the star. I think I’m going to go with Barley, Maize, and Oats. I just have to decide if I’m going to make full mittens or fingerless mitts, as the Maize pattern has both.

I did do some knitting this month. Actually, quite a bit of knitting. I can’t show one item that was a gift, and I don’t have any good pics of the stole I’m making. I started a sweater for Tim, but again, no pictures yet. It’s still pretty small. Finally, since those projects are larger, I started a new pair of vanilla socks.

Travel knitting

However, because I finished very little, I’m in bad shape on my yards in/yards out calculation. I have knit 1,210 yards, but have acquired 2,516 yards of yarn, for 47%. Gah!!! It’s not really that bleak. I think I have knit over 1,000 yards on my stole so far. I’m getting there. But I made a decision… I cannot buy any yarn until YarnCon.

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