The Week’s Hexipuffs in Review; August 24-30, 2014

132 hexipuffs complete as of this past Sunday!

I recently gathered all of my minis together and came to a conclusion.  I have a ridiculous numer of mini-skeins to work with.  I didn’t even bother counting them, it is just insane.  And to think, I’ll be getting another 10 each month to add the collection! 

Let’s get to last week’s round-up!  I got it into my head that I really wanted to knit with the Black Trillium Fibres gradient kit that I purchased way back in April.  I had concluded then that these sets were the best bang for my buck.  For $39, I get 5 demi-skeins that each produce 10 hexipuffs.  That is 50 puffs per kit and less than a dollar for each one.  These will be great fillers for the quilt layout I have in mind.  

As always, must knit faster!  Here are last week’s offerings:

Hexipuffs 125-132

Hexipuff 125
Yarn – Drew Embosky – Gemstones
Colorway – Amethyst

Hexipuffs 126
Yarn – Drew Emborsky – Gemstones
Colorway – Emerald

Hexipuffs 127-128
Yarn – Spun Right Round
Colorway – Graffiti (custom)

Hexipuffs 129-132
Yarn – Black Trillium Fibres
Colorway – Naiad 1

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Rainbow of Hexipuffs

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:

Monday Yarny Musings – July 14, 2014

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:

 

And the hexipuff knitting continues!

Well, I have officially gone MIA from my blog for a while, but I also lost my knitting mojo for a few weeks there too.  It was a rather sad time for my knitting, blog, and project photos.  But all of those energies were directed into finished the nursery and making it just perfect before Sir W’s arrival.  My nesting got the best of me, what can I say, hehe?

I’m back to the hexipuffs now though with renewed energy, at least until the baby is born, which is supposed to be within the next 8 days!  I slogged my way through June an only managed to knit 21 hexipuffs.  That was actually a lot more than I thought I had knit, but still short of my hope for at least one a day.  I never even took a picture of all of them together!  Oye.  The majority of the hexipuffs were from the Three Fates Yarn minis rainbow collection, so I did the next best thing and took a photo of my progress so far with those.

I initially decided to work backwards through the rainbow so I’m finished with the purples, blues, blue-greens, greens, and yellows.  See my progress picture above!  I’ve gotten a bit crazy and have been knitting 2-3 hexipuffs per day the last few days.  I am determined to make July a more productive month – haha, probably a pipe dream, but a girl’s got to dream!

Anyways, I’m onto the orange minis now – can’t wait to see what the completed set look like!

Monday Yarn Musings

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.