I mentioned in my previous post that I have been able to knit a bit here and there since Sir W’s birth and I am happy to report that I have knit the 45 rainbow colored mini-skeins from Three Fates Yarn! Here they are:
I absolutely loved working with this yarn and may in the future ask for another grouping. For now I am the remnants of the yarn to work with and plan to incorporate them for a natural colored yarn to create a colorwork looking hexipuff. I did make a couple of trial hexipuffs a couple months ago and think they turned out well. I wasn’t super thrilled with the way the striped hexipuff turned out as the side where I alternated the yarns sort of rounded out instead of staying nice and sharp. I will need to figure out how to remedy this for future hexipuffs or I may just leave the striped ones out all together. They are on the bottom of this picture here:
My last post was on July 14th and as expected, many things have changed in my life! Sir W made his debut in the very early morning on July 24th. He is absolutely adorable and Miss E is smitten with her little brother.
I thought I would have no time at all to knit anymore, but I find moments here and there and have sort of managed to knit a hexipuff a day. I feel like I am much more efficient with my time now that I have 2 kids. If I’m lucky, I get an hour of joint naptime when I can sit down and enjoy a cup of tea while knitting a bit.
Now, on to the knitting talk! I finished my 100th hexipuff the day before he was born (yay!) go team! That means I hit a major goal so there is more yarn in my future! More on that for my Monday Yarn musings!
New Yarn Thoughts
My July mini-skein collection from Chiagu arrived on Saturday – yay! As usual, the colors are gorgeous. Definitely a much more muted palette than in previous months and as always, quite nice. What I love about Koigu is at first glance, the skein can appear mostly gray, but a closer inspection reveals other pops of color here and there. I love it.
Here is a picture of the latest additions.
I am still working my way through my current collection of mini-skeins from Three Fates Yarn, but on Saturday while looking through other hexipuff pictures on Instagram, I discovered another amazing monthly yarn subscriptions of various types, but one of the subscriptions in mini-skeins. (squeeeeee!). The company is called KnitCrate. I immediately had out my credit card, all ready to sign up. But be proud of me because I exercised some control and talked myself down. The fact that I had literally JUST left Etsy where I had purchased several lovely half skeins of a delightfully colored yarn (more on those to come…), was one of the main reasons I stopped. That and I am already a part of the Koigu monthly club by Chiagu!
Let’s breakdown the math, both of the clubs are about $22 per month and would total 11 mini-skeins ranging from 25-30 yards each. Easily 3 hexipuffs per mini. So 33 hexipuffs per month from those sets. That is a month’s worth of puffs right there! But the $44 per month is quite a hit to the yarn budget. I feel like I would have to choose one or the other and that just makes me sad. What is awesome about Knit Crate is that they offer minis from up to 10 different dyers and you can either choose to be surprised or request a specific dyer. And one of the companies is Blue Moon Fiber Arts ::just about faints::
So I really need to think about what I would like to do. One thing is for sure. I need to knit my way through my current stash before I can even begin to justify to Mr. KnittyKitty why I NEED to be a part of both monthly clubs. And I can’t forget all of the awesome yarns I previously mentioned wanting before. That, and I need to demonstrate to myself that I have the dedication to stick with this project and get it done! Joining this club might be something to entertain around Christmas time and I will only do so then if I have knit to at least 200 hexipuffs! Better get these needles going and figure out a good system once Sir W arrives!
Let’s talk about joining these hexipuffs together!
I mentioned earlier that I had purchased some yarns from Etsy today. The seller is SpunRightRound and she offers a gorgeous variegated yarn called ‘graffiti.’ The colors are primarily neutral with splashes of just about every color of the rainbow and black. It appears that it could be the perfect yarn to serve as the joining yarn to the puffs and a great way to separate the difference color sections. (I have been toying around with the layout in my mind and keep seeing a neutralish yarn breaking up the huge color blocks of like colors). My thought was that if I knit hexipuffs from this graffiti yarn with all of these colors, then it would nicely compliment both the more solid colored puffs next to it and not be too jarring when looked at in contrast to the other sections. SpunRightRought was offering basically half skeins of this yarn so I picked up 3 of those at 230 yards a piece. I did sort of break my rule with this yarn as it is 75/25 superwash merino to nylon, but the yarn is too potentially perfect to pass up.
Original listing can be found here. Definitely plenty of yarn to knit up to see how it fits into my vision. Here is a picture that was on the listing for the yarn:
I swear, the closer I get to having this baby, the less time I seem to have for knitting! It is actually pretty frustrating, but I guess that is life for now. I am in the throes of nesting and my husband only being home 4 days out of the last 25 have really made me plan out my days. As sad as it is to say, by the time I get done with all the errands, chores, and toddler chasing for the day, all I want to do at night is just lounge on the sofa with my feet up watching re-runs of whatever law & order type show is on TV!
I have been working on the same hexipuff for the past 3 days and it is driving me crazy! I just need this one off of my needles so I can start with a fresh one. Hopefully pictures of that one to come later on today!
Here is a pic of the hexipuffs I finished the day I originally wrote this post! I am sort of getting back into the groove and have already knit 3 more hexipuffs. Sheesh, June is certainly going to be a poor showing for hexipuffs, but every little hexagon completed counts!
75 hexipuffs complete, another 25 in 32 days. Not nearly as efficient as I was the past two months, but that’s okay. I had quite a bit going on with visiting family and just generally being busy getting ready for Sir W’s arrival. I know that my reward for completing each 25 puffs was supposed to purchasing more mini-skeins, but I simply don’t need any right now! I know, I must not be a real knitter if I am turning down the opportunity to purchase more yarn! My husband is going to fall out of his chair if he sees anymore small Etsy purchases though so I will work from my stash for now.
Besides, I just received my June shipment for the Chiagu Koigu mini-skein club and am itching to wind them up and get knitting! After I finish the teals of the Three Fates Yarn rainbow pack, I may take a break from them, just for a change of pace and get some more variegated yarns back on my needles. I can’t forget that I also have the red gradient kit from Black Trillium Fibres. So much yarn! That’s a good problem to have though!
I will say, my next mini-skein yarn purchase will definitely be from Mermaid Knitting. I am missing the Rhichard Devrieze yarns!
Well I have finished knitting all of the blue skeins and have moved into the blue-greens! So many beautiful yarns. Here they are in the order I plan to knit them. Instead of spending so much time in between knitting each puff to track down the potential name of the colorway, I did all the legwork up front and have it written down. That should help!
Let’s see, last week I was planning to contact Stephanie from the Etsy store Three Fates Yarn to see if she would be willing to send me a full or half skein of the undyed version of her ‘eponymous’ yarn. That is the yarn used to create all 48 of the minis so I wanted to make sure they matched. I messaged her that same Monday afternoon and lo and behold she had a half skein! It arrived in my mailbox on Saturday afternoon! All I have done with it so far is simply open the mailing bag, it the skein a squeeze and put it back. I’m afraid that if I wind it up, I’ll want to play with stripes. I need to stay focused though!
In other Yarny news, I got my autopay notification from Chiagu so I should be receiving the June shipment of the Koigu mini-skeins any day now! Pictures of that likely to come next Monday.
I knit 30 hexipuffs in the month of May! I am sort of sad that I lost some quality knitting days during my travels at the end of the month, but seeing family was worth it. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with my progress and the pace. June is primarily going to be focused on the mini-skeins I received from Three Fates Yarns, so I hope to have a rainbow going on by the end of June. Off to to do some knitting!
Let’s see, not a ton of yarny news to report this week! I am just so thrilled with my current minis stash and slowly working my way through each. That said, the Three Fates Yarns collection is just gorgeous. I worked my way through the purple yarns this week. More detailed posts on each of these yarns is upcoming, but I finished all of the purples. In my zeal to play with and arrange the mini-skeins, I simply tore open the bundles of yarn instead of taking a close look at the name of yarn in the bundle. I had a bit of trouble identifying two of the colors, but I think my guesses are correct. Or rather they are going to be correct for my purposes. Here are the finished purple puffs. I’m trying to decide if I want to head into the reds or go backwards through the rainbow into the blues. A flipped coin may be in order.
I will need to check into getting a natural colored yarn because I don’t have quite enough yarn left to finish a second hexipuff, but it is way too much to just toss into the scrap jar. I could always make striped puffs with two colors as well. Or I could make stripped puffs with two colors and a natural yarn. Oooooo. Decisions, decisions.
Speaking of decisions, I may have finally found my perfect project bag! Check this beauty out. I found it at the craft section of a local Greek festival I attended last weekend. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. It is a bowling back style opening, decent pockets inside, and I just love the floral design on the outside of it.
I know I mentioned a new project last week using the gradient yarns, but I have had no time to really work on it so I want to make some decent progress on it before debuting it, so stay tuned!
I am getting this post up later today because I was waiting to see if my package of yarny goodness from etsy seller Three Fates Yarn would switch from being “in transit” to “out for delivery.” What luck, it did this morning!
And I just simply must share this delightful mini-skein awesomeness with you:
I seriously cannot wait to wrap up the first little ball and get knitting! It would be prudent to finish the one currently on the needles, but it is just too tempted to start another, haha.
I have more yarn than I know what to do with now so it is time to get down to this hexipuff business for real! I don’t know that my original goal of buying me yarn every 25 puffs is going to be the most logical stash or budget wise, so I may need to rethink that part. I could just make it an even 50 until I get my stash worked down enough for it to make sense for me to buy more yarn.
Now off to knit with me while Miss E naps for a bit! Next week I’ll tell you my plans for the remainder of the black trillium fibres Naiad gradient yarn I have left. The idea is still fully forming in my mind, but I should have it hashed out by then!
My oh my, it is time again to be retrospective and take a look back at last year’s posts for knit and crochet blog week. There we are asked to determine if we followed through on the goal we set for ourselves. Well, I went back and dug through my older blog (the one that is linked to my Etsy store back when I had time to hand-dye yarns…) and this is what I came up with! If you are in the mood, you can find this post from the 2013 Knit and Crochet Blog Week here.
I did not fulfill all of my goals as my hope was to knit a beekeeper’s quilt using only yarns I had dyed. I made a pretty decent start, but after last Memorial Day, I sort of lost my spark and Miss Emme became a lot more hands on. So there went that part of the goal. I will give myself a bit of a pat on the back for being true to just one project after so long, even if I did decide to restart it. But I am focused this time and hopefully will be able to follow through on this goal with the addition of Sir W in July.
So looking forward again, I hope to read that I continued working diligently on my beekeeper’s quilt and have added many beautiful and unique yarns to the mix! Let’s do this!