I know you’re not a knitter, but just for one glorious moment, let’s pretend you are, okay?
Now, let’s pretend that you’ve been knitting a fair time, and that a largish proportion of what you knit is socks. Oh, and shawls, scarves, and so forth.
And all this sockish, scarfish, shawlish activity means that you’ve built up a pretty decent backlog of extra bits and bobs of sock/scarf/shawl yarn. In a wild variety of colours and textures, because (since you’re a long-term knitter) you would get bored knitting the exact same thing over and over again. (Just agree with me here. This is my fantasy, okay?)
But the question is, what to do with all these extra bits of yarn?
You can’t throw them out, because that would go against the Knitterly Code, which basically states that wasting yarn is punishable by death. Or at least severe mental anguish.
But you also know that there aren’t many knitting patterns that call for “a tiny bit of blue/green merino/cashmere blend, plus a decent-sized ball of brown variegated wool/silk blend, and several small bits of red and pinkish stripey stuff that you lost the label for and so cannot identify.”
You’d think there would be, but there aren’t. Just take my word for it.
This is where the hexipuff comes in.
What in the name of the scrotal hair of the prophet is a hexipuff, you ask?
Why, it’s a knitted hexagonal three-dimensional…um, stuffed puff. Think “knitted multicoloured puffy ravioli” and you won’t be far off.
Stuffed with what? Why, with some raw fleece I just so happen to have lying around the house. (Yes, I have raw fleece lying around my house. Because obviously.)
And what do you do with these hexipuffs, other than sit around admiring their adorableness and thinking about how clever you are to be using up all your leftovers like this?
You sew them together, and create a Beekeeper’s Quilt. Natch.
I should mention that I am in no way responsible for inventing the hexipuff. That honour goes to TinyOwlKnits, who published her pattern a couple of years back. (You can still get it on her site, if you’re so inclined.) It became an instant hit.
I should also admit that when I first heard of the Beekeeper’s Quilt, I was kind of dismissive of it. I didn’t get all the fuss among my fellow knitters, all the oohing and aahing and squeeing, and the “OMIGOD THEY’RE SO EVERLOVIN’ CUTE!!!” notes over on Ravelry.
For one thing, I object to the word “squee!” on principle. And to me, hexipuffs sounded like a ridiculous amount of work for what amounts to a puffy quilt made up of scraps.
Which it is, but if you consider that each puff takes about 45 minutes start to finish, and that you can sew them together as you go, you realize that this isn’t really a start-to-finish knit-through-the-night must-finish-it-now kind of project.
It’s more of a tuck-it-in-your-purse, knit-a-few-at-a-time, put-it-away-and-do-something-else project.
But it has an addictive component, for all that. Each time I finish a puff, I feel a sense of accomplishment…and I can finish a couple during an episode of Orange is the New Black, if I so choose. Driving to and from Toronto this weekend, I finished a few more (I don’t knit while actually driving, I hasten to add).
So I don’t expect I’ll be done any time soon, but I do kind of love knitting hexipuffs…and I’m sure you would be too, if you were a knitter.
Are you sure I can’t persuade you?
- Hexipuff Update – A Hexipuff Exchange! (stockinette.wordpress.com)
- Woolly thinking: Personality analysis through knitting (Afterthekidsleave.com)
- 7 things I learned in high school that weren’t totally useless (afterthekidsleave.com)