Yes, I’ve been sucked into the fad that is known as the Beekeeper’s Quilt. I’m working on it with Someone Special (insert barfy-mushy sighs here), and we’ve decided to make our little hexagons in a heavier weight yarn than the usual sock weight, and keep them unstuffed. Back in the day, I used to knit almost exclusively with worsted weight yarn, so I'm enjoying the chance to dive into my yarn scraps and take a trip down yarnie memory lane.
See this striped one? I took the blue-green yarn with me to my first Sheep and Wool Fest to help me resist the feeling that I don’t have anything nice in my stash. I think it misfired, because it only seemed to act as a magnet for similar colors. The grey was brought into later projects as I discovered its magical properties in bringing out the other colors.
Remember those skeinlets I spun up during the recent Tour de Fleece? A teacher told me that a great way to improve your spinning is to knit with your handspun yarns. Now we get to see how they knit up!
The blue-green yarn gives me some laughs as I recall of unintentionally terrorizing a toddler with my Trindle on the boardwalk.
The original plan for the "hexaflats" was to knit them in dk weight yarn, mostly to have the chance to use some really lovely yarns the Darling and I were using. Then upon further reflection (and knitting up my handspuns, which turned out much heavier in gauge than I had intended), I asked if we could use worsted weight yarn. Best move ever. And now I think I have come up with a solution to allow us to utilize the smaller hexaflats:
Other stuff on the needles: I'm working on Hiz Vest (which I intend to have completed for Rhinebeck), some holiday knitting, some baby projects, and a set of cabled armwarmers. They aren't the fingering weight yarn or the pattern used by Yarndude, as I'm improvising for a luscious dk yarn (Madeline Tosh), but seeing his helped give me the kick in the pants to finally start.
I also plied two handspun silk-wool singles yarns that a friend gave me. Then photographing got a little carried away. Luckily for you, here's only a few shots.
More of that later. For now, happy knitting!