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.

Bit by bit

So it is Wednesday, a day for Yarn Along, and pretty much all I am reading this past week is Lorelai’s books and the blogs. My attention span is quite possibly the lowest it has ever been – actually what I have been “reading” the most is to keep my computer next to me while I knit and I can keep an eye on the Ravelry Radar. I started a new project as well – a very long-term project, without any sort of goal at this point in time, and no specific deadline – this is a selfish project for me, The Beekeeper’s Quilt. When I first saw it on Ravelry I thought it was cute and clever – especially because it uses sock yarn leftovers! I have a basket full of sock leftovers and sock minis that have made their way into my stash either through trades or swaps or whatever.

"HexiPuffs"

I decided to ignore the fact that I am already working on a blanket (the Neon Nightmare) for me and just recognize that I could not stop thinking about this project. I have a lot of sock scraps, I am expecting a new baby any day now and between that and my 3.5 yr old daughter I think I need to have a more portable project for snuggling / waiting in the car / etc, just to keep the knitting going. I’ve been at it for about a week, and my word, these are addictive little buggers to work up. I can’t quite tell if it the addictiveness is due to being able to make a hexipuff in ~45minutes (more or less depending on the amount of distractions going on), the thrill of getting to see the different color changes in the sock yarns work up, or the ease of having such a portable project.

"hexiPuffs"

I think I have about 11 done in the last week. For now I’m just keeping them in a clear glass vase on the mantle. I have also been going back through the sock scraps and pulling out some for my own use, some for trade / swap. It is a lot of fun to work with some familiar yarns again, and I look forward to swaps and trades to get exposure to new-to-me-yarns as well.

Sock minis

I am going for a very scrappy look, though I can see how easy it would be to get ultra obsessed and create a picture / pattern with these. The estimates for size run from ~1000 hexipuffs for a bed-size blanket to several hundred for a lapghan / baby size. Right now I’m not sure where I will end up. For now this is a great project and I’m loving it!