Love, thy name is Hexipuff.
Ever since my lovely friend Jess bought me the The Beekeeper’s Quilt pattern and we agreed to knit it together for “however long”, I have been undeniably enamored with this charming little project. Hexipuffs are smooshy, and squooshy, sweet and cute. And each one is a little mini FO that you can pat and poke and imagine occupying its future spot in your darling little quilt.
At first I thought I wouldn’t dare touch my enormous sock yarn stash. I mean, that’s for socks, right? So being short on sock yarn scraps, I scoured etsy, and found someone selling minis. Then I scoured Ravelry and found another. A few bucks later and I was in business! Then I joined a swap at the Sanguine Gryphon Group on Ravelry. Lucky for me, there was one for newbies that didn’t fill up about 2 seconds after it was posted. I swear those SG people are fanatics (me included, mwah-ha-ha!). It’s hard to get in on a destash or a swap because things disappear before you can say “flapjack”. Sadly, The Sanguine Gryphon is no more in a few short days. But that’s a big boo hoo for another day :( I’d say my bank account would breathe a ginormous sigh of relief if it weren’t for the fact that they are dissolving into two new dye studios and I’m afraid that means twice the amount of temptation!
I also discovered that the very talented Didi (creator of Little Red Bicycle; whom I got to meet at Sock Summit 2011 for the first time after “knowing” her for a few years online) had a mini-skein club going. What better way to support a friend, and a mini-skein habit, than by signing up? I’ve already received October and November, am waiting on December, and have signed up for another 3 months of January – March 2012. Everything I’ve received so far has been gorgeous! I can’t wait to make puffs out of them, and I am just stunned by her beautiful sense of color.
Finally, after a little contemplation of my stash, I decided there were definitely some fingering weight sock yarns that I could (and should) part with. I had a few smaller skeins that weren’t enough for a full pair of socks anyway and I didn’t have immediate plans for them. Nor was I sure they’d look good on a larger scale. That’s the nice thing about the Hexipuffs. You can use some of your loudest or even – dare I say it – ugliest yarns, and they don’t look so bad on a small scale.
Flush with so many choices, I am working steadily on this project. I know it will take me years to make enough to fill out a quilt, but each time I finish one I get a tiny spark of satisfaction. They are the perfect little fillers for when Knittymunchkin is in his high chair eating a snack, or when he is playing independently (however briefly) and I have a spare moment without him clinging to my leg. They are simple, elegant, and can be put down at a moment’s notice without losing your place. In case you didn’t already guess…. I love Hexipuffs!
Because I’ll be working on this for the rest of my natural life (most likely) I think it would be fun to do a little gallery each month of the puffs that I’ve knit. I’ve been keeping count and I knit anywhere from 10 – 25 of these in any given month. So a little retrospective might be fun. January is just days away (how did that happen?) so I think I’ll start after I’ve knit January’s puffs.
Until then, Happy Holidays! May your days be merry & bright :)