Hexipuffs!

Introducing Hexipuff The First.

Well what the heck is a hexipuff and why is she so excited about that little knitted blob???

Turns out that in the knitting world there is this new fun trend/project called the Bee Keepers Quilt.  Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits http://tinyowlknits.wordpress.com/about-2/ has created this amazing project.  It’s a quilt made up of hundreds of little knitted and stuffed hexagons all sewn together to make a warm and cozy bed covering.  There are Ravelry groups dedicated to this project.  There are youtube instructional videos about it.  There are mini skein kits you can buy on Etsy to make these things with.  There are hexipuff swaps out there where you can knit some and send them to some stranger and she (well, probably a she) will send you the ones she has been gleefully knitting.  Did everyone else but me know about this?  Yeah, I thought so.  Always the last one to pick up on a cool new thing, eh?

The pattern to make these is for sale from Stephanie for $5.50.  I think it’s really cool that people are actually making money from knitting.  I would support them if I could.  I’m really sorry Stephanie, but I can’t afford $5.50 to learn how to make a little knitted pillow.  So I have spent the last few hours figuring it out.  The youtube videos do not show the process start to finish, but if you look at a few of them and put them together, then you get the idea.  But in an effort of respect, I will not print my own instructions for how to make these things.  No, don’t even ask.  I’m not going to tell you.

And another cool thing about this is that today, thanks to a youtube video, I have finally grasped the concept of the Long Tail Cast On.  It’s in all the knitting magazines, but I have to be shown this stuff.  Not follow a drawing.

For those of you who are non-knitters, you may not know that knitters almost always have a project with them.  They may not tell you this, and you may never see it, but it’s there, in the bottom of a bag, or in the back of the car.  There is a small project–socks, mittens, maybe a hat–that can be easily tucked away, taken out in an emergency, worked on for a few minutes at a time, then tucked back into the fold of a pocket or purse.  When you are a knitter, any time spent waiting, like at the laundromat, the doctor’s office, when you’ve arrived at work 10 minutes early by mistake and just don’t want to go in the building yet, other time wasting (i.e, time that could otherwise be put to use making something useful) emergencies like this, are all reasons you have some little project that does not take too much effort or concentration stashed away on your person or in your immediate easy reach.  Something that required different stitches in different rows, chart reading, color changing, etc, would not ever make it into the pocket for mindless knitting. 

Now a hexipuff or two might be the perfect thing to take along with you.  No accessories needed, no sewing needles, no tape measures, no stitch markers.  Needles and yarn.  Period.

And what a great way to use up all of those tiny little bits of yarn that are everywhere when you are a knitter.  Enough maybe for a few rows in a sock, but then you have all of those extra ends to weave in.  Some of us don’t like to do that.  So an egg-sized bit of yarn is perfect for a hexipuff or two. 

And how many of these things are we going to make you ask?  How many do we need for a bed cover?  How does 500 sound?  Can we do that before New Year’s Eve 2012?  Let’s give it a whirl.

And a special thanks to my Mum–the Knower-Of-All-Things-Knitting–for doing the preliminary research on youtube!  My Mum is the most amazing knitter…..but that will be another post.

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