Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Still puffing away, a blanket saga

I've been knitting away on my little hexipuffs! I knit them whenever I can and they're so portable I can pull them out and take up on room. Recently I've been knitting them at work between cleaning and working with clients.

Yesterday I even knit one at my mom's studio for a bit. I'm currently knitting puff number 32, which brings my daily puff count to two. Some days I don't finish a single puff and some days I knit four or more. If I average two a day for a year I'll be well on my way to a kingsize quilt! I'd also like to make some couch cushions eventually, possibly out of a worsted weight or even thicker for some really large puffs!

I've also started to join some of them together, creating a little puff pad! I'm using some leftover grey laceweight. I'm seaming them all along the sides, unlike Stephanie's, so that there's no holes for fingers or toes to pop through.

I'm totally smitten!

♥ Freckled Crafter

Monday, August 8, 2011

Many moons ago I did a post of lustful craft spaces. I really enjoyed all the eye candy and it offered a lot of inspiration. The great thing is now I will actually be able to apply my thoughts and dreams to our craft/spare bedroom in our new house. These photos have already inspired me to paint the two dressers I plan to use for storage pretty colors.

I love organizing and designing layouts so I really can't wait!

♥ The FreckledCrafter

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Beekeeper Saga Begins

Once upon a time (also known as a few days ago) I saw this beautiful quilt in my ravelry friends feed. I'd friended Stephanie at Tiny Owl Knits ages about because I love the cute little faery inspired knits she creates. I had never made one of her projects before but the second I saw this I knew it had to be mine!

It's made of various fingering weights and sock yarn and I almost immediatly pulled out all the sock yarn in my stash. I was suprised by just how much I had and also thankful, I won't have to buy much to finish this project.

The blanket is made by knitting these little hexagons which you fill with stuffing. You knit and knit and knit them, taking a whole year, one a day or even more. Then you sew them all together at the corners and you have a beautiful Beekeeper's Quilt.

So I started puffing and puffing and puffing (the affectionate name for creating little hexagons in the knit along on the Tiny Owl Knits ravelry group). There was talk on the boards of Stephanie's little WIP bag she used to carry around her puffs for the year. It got my brain thinking and I decided to come up with a design. A bag in the shape of a hexagon with a zipper that went almost entirely around the circumference so you could open it all the way up and work on your puffs right out of the bag.

I knew it had to be big enough for a number of recently finished puffs, needles, a current puff you're working on, some stuffing, and a few small balls of yarn to choose from for your puffs on the go.

This was just a test of my idea and I think it turned out pretty well! There are some minor changes and some helpful things that will cut down on the sewing time A LOT but I love it! I used some Winnie the Pooh curtains from when I was a kid, I thought it fit the theme. I also picked up some bee fabrics, some owl fabric, and the most adorable Bambi fabric to make some more. I'm really excited and glad it was so well received by the group. You should see them popping up on my etsy sometime next week :)

And if you're wondering what that little thing is in many of my pictures it's a little bumble bee that decided to join me while I worked on my pouch. I'm not sure what he was up to but he was just wandering up and down the stairs to my basement and was quite friendly.

♥ Freckled Crafter