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The Beekeepers Quilt

I’ve succumbed to the charms of the Beekeepers Quilt ….

The Beekeepers Quilt by Tiny Owls Magic Attic

Who wouldn’t? This gorgeous knitting pattern by Tiny Owls Magic Attic is just wonderful … as its creator, Stephanie Dosen, an American singer who lives in London with her unicorn, two cats & a hefty yarn stash riddled with gnome families. This quilt has inspired knitters to obsessive levels of devotion across the world – there’s a huge group on Ravelry and another big group on Facebook knitting along together.

A beginning, using Kaffe Fasset’s ‘Canyon Lanscape’ sock yarn.

It’s not a terribly complicated pattern, even for an occasional knitter like me … and it’s totally small and portable, making it the perfect take-along project – it fits in a little bag, so it goes on the train, to appointments, to children’s activities … anywhere there might be some hanging about.

It gets addictive … and the hunger for yarn is almost insatiable … its the perfect opportunity to use up sock yarn remnants from stash, or to sample any number of new yarns … mix it up ….

There’s a huge selection of yarn available on Etsy … this selection is the “Autumn Harvest” collection of mini skeins by Lady Danio – each makes 2-3 of the little ‘hexipuffs’ you need for the quilt.

It’s going to take me quite a while to make enough for a whole quilt … I figure a couple of years at least … but its satisfying enough to complete each puff one at a time and watch the pile slowly grow …. I’m looking forward to needing a bigger container for them very soon …

I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Sheepfold Treasure Bag

When I went to FibreFest a few weeks back, I was very taken with the little felted Treasure bags from Sheepfold. And so, even though I’m not much of a knitter, I let myself get talked into buying into one of the kits for myself … after being assured that the pattern was absolutely foolproof, and pretty forgiving because ultimately it got felted …

And, armed with knitting needles, that glorious orange yarn and my copy of Knit Aid (a fabulous reference book – clear instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations):

 

 

And so I made a beginning, amidst the snarky comments of my family about the outsize bobble hat!!

It is a pretty easy pattern to follow … mostly straightforward knitting in the round on the circular needles, with marginally more complex knit/purl on the flap and handles. The body of the handle is an i-cord, but even that is fairly straightforward … and where I wasn’t sure, Knit-Aid helped me out. The only thing Knit-Aid didn’t cover was the mysterious abbreviation ‘psso’ – or rather, it explained what it was, but didn’t show how it was done … but a quick visit to you-tube soon sorted that out.

And before I knew it – there I was, knitting done. The pattern was SO easy to follow – clear and logically set out – that I’m sure even an absolute beginner (given enough determination) could cope with it.

A little felting, a bit of a button, et voila!

I’m pretty pleased with the result, and even more pleased that the pattern WAS as simple as the nice lady said it would be 🙂

Now, I’m sure I need one of these in cranberry … or perhaps a little Rosetta bag …