Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hexi Puff Madness/Progress...

A few months ago I succumbed to peer pressure and purchased the ubiquitous Beekeeper's Quilt pattern... and my sock yarn leftovers are slowly dwindling down... which is a great thing! I have about 60 puffs at this point, and my goal is somewhere around 500. Admittedly, I fell off of the bandwagon for about a month and a half, and did a total of about 6 puffs for that month.

ShiBui, Knitted Wit, and Koigu are just a few!
Now, with a semi-renewed zeal for the project, I've been doing about a puff a day (sometimes more), but at least one. I would love to have this done for Christmas, but I'm not going to hold myself to that, merely due to winter craft show and gift making season.

I have used everything from ShiBui Sock and Staccato, Knitted Wit's Bling, some leftover Sanguine Gryphon from Sock Summit, to cheaper stuff like Patons Kroy and Lion Brand sock... Slowly but surely, I'm getting there! I like the portability of this particular project, and it makes for great “Wait for the kids to get out of school while sitting in the pick up line” knitting. I just have to remember to bring the mini fiberfill bag with me. Why yes, I do have a little fiberfill bag... you don't?

I don't want to assemble anything until I have all of the puffs done, and I'm thinking that a Space bag or two may be necessary to complete this particular project. Because I'm using so much random yarn, some of them definitely have more puffs of a yarn colorway than others do. I really don't want the same ones to be close to each other, so I'm thinking waiting is the only way I'm going to be able to go on this.

I'm looking forward to having this one done, but in the meantime, it's perfect mindless TV knitting. I can get a puff done in about half an hour, depending on interruptions, and I have plenty of yarn waiting in the wings to be used!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A New Giveaway! and Lego Chat

Lego Brick Stitch Markers
I love doing giveaways... yarn and books and needles and notions are so expensive that any time I can help out and help people enjoy what they are doing or helping out by drawing attention to what they are making... it's a great day!

This giveaway will be running over at and will feature a set of my newest stitch markers: Lego Bricks! These little guys are created using assorted Legos (we are very fortunate to have a Lego store in Portland where I can acquire basic pieces without having to spend a huge fortune on them.  I use solid rings so there is minimal snagging on both needles and yarn, and glass seed beads to give them an additional pop of color.

Because I get such a great deal on the Lego pieces, which are normally ridiculously expensive, these sets are only $12 for a set of 7!  If you would like to order them, they are available over on my Etsy site at  If you order a set before Mother's Day, you get an extra bonus beginning of round marker that looks like a little computer - it's extremely cute.  In addition, I also have some little flower Lego markers available too!
Lego Flower Stitch Markers

This giveaway will be up and running shortly, so be sure to check in over there in the next day or so for your chance to win a set, as well as some other great prizes!  Also coming up will be a opportunity here to win some great smelling soap from Snappy Rockfish Soaps!