Spell it out

One of the Ravelry groups for yarn “minis” is having a contest for April. The challenge is to spell out something with your minis. I grabbed the stash of them and have two entries that I submitted. IMG_4585Stashbust This! Seriously now. Aren’t we all excited for the minis / hexiflats / hexipuffs / sock yarn blankets / whatever because it is supposed to use up all that leftover yarn? I have one of those extra large ziploc bags full of minis now. And I am not making them very quickly at the present (though I am thinking it might be a good project for the “Ravelympics”). It was fun to dig through them anyway. IMG_4584Hexipuff or Bust! Did I tell you I have decided to do flats instead of puffs? Yea, so I plan to go back to the 25 or so that are puff and pull out the stuffing with a crochet hook, so all is not lost there. After she helped me set these up, the Lorax wanted to know if I wanted her in the picture. So cheeky. Of course kid, get on in there. I think though it was just a way for her to get closer to the minis, especially some of the sparkly ones that caught her eye! I can’t seem to get it out of my head that I want a pair of handknit stripey sock, probably because I saw this:

Dude. Use the sock leftovers (or hexipuff leftovers) to make more socks! So stupidly brilliant. This could get me to actually do a mis-matchy pair. I mean, I love the idea of mis-matched socks, but it would bother me. On the whole I come across as a disorganized, clutter-loving person, but still. Like the opposites attract yarn from Barking Dogs – love the ideas, love the colors (especially Lucy & Desi!) but looking at the projects is just too much for me – I can not bring myself to wear one sock that is mostly orange-red and the other is mostly blue. But, random stripey ones might work. Again, possible project for Ravelympics.

Mini Maniac

Look what landed in my mailbox on Saturday!
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Fingering weight minis! I played along in a swap on Ravelry – everyone sent in a skein (or two) that was already broken down into the minis and in return you an equal amount of minis. These are for my Beekeeper’s Quilt project. What a great way to try out new yarns – I am looking forward to working with the Mini Mochi, Trekking, Yarn Chef, and colourphobia minis. There are also several that I already know and love – Lorna’s Laces, Malabrigo Sock, Schaefer – even a Wollmeise!

This is such a great pick-up-put-down project. I am up to 27 done – it feels like there should be more, and I know there is a long way to go still.
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Each little hexipuff is quite satisfying to complete. I am still saving the leftovers from each mini skein, as I am unsure if I want to make half-hexis from them or stripe them with other leftovers. That is a decision for another day.

While I wait

Trying to keep myself occupied and distracted (without being too grumpy or antsy) this week as I continue to play the waiting game with the lil’nutmeg and the hospital. Thank goodness for knitting! I’m still working away on the hexipuffs:

Hexipuffs in progress

And have also sent off a bunch of mini-skeins for a swap – I am really looking forward to getting the chance to try out some new yarns this way!

Over the weekend I finished the last of my WIPs! Well, the active more short-term ones – if you look at my Ravelry project page there are several WIPs, but most now are in hibernation. I am choosing to ignore the “Neon Nightmare” and the “Beekeeper’s Quilt” as those are truly long term projects, though they are active. This most recent WIP is a gift and has been shipped off to the recipient. Once I know it has been received then I’ll be able to blog about it.

This is a very strange feeling to have my needles “empty” for the most part – no deadline knitting (hoping to pick up testing / sample knitting again in September), a closet full of yarn, a ravelry queue that is ~30 pages (?!) – one could get lost in options and my decision making lately has already mostly fallen into the general “Meh, whatever” category. I did decide to go with another project that has been on my mind lately – Andrea’s Mitts. These slightly cooler days must have me thinking for fall, so I pulled out some Rhinebeck yarn ( silver Delly’s Delights Farm O-So-Soft) and a purple yarn which sadly lost it’s tag (I think I got it in a swap, can’t find it in the blog, phooey). These might end up a Christmas gift, or I might keep them, right now I’m 50/50.

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I started yesterday and am increasing the thumb gusset now. I am surprised as how quick these are working up. So far so good I am enjoying them and I know I have plenty of yarn to make another pair after this if I am so inclined (grey + pink, maybe reversing the purple + grey combo too).