I’ve been coveting Tiny Owl Knit’s Beekeeper’s Quilt for a long time now, but was a little daunted by how many “hexipuffs” were needed for a large quilt and the whole joining process. But with an increasing accumulation of gorgeous sock yarn left overs (or maybe I should call them shawl yarns since I never knit socks?) around the house, I decided that the time was right. I also had a hankering for one of those projects you can just slowly work on over a long period of time. I love that you knit, stuff and finish each hexipuff before moving on to the next, so you get a little bit of instant “finished project” gratification. I’m giving this preview because I’m sure I will be knitting this project for a while, but couldn’t wait until the quilt is finished to show off some adorable puffs. Now I just need to get my hands on some koigu . . . only 336 more puffs to go!
I snapped this picture while I was blocking the new samples of Baby Sophisticate to show my technique for getting a nicely rounded shawl collar. While wet blocking the sweaters, I simply rolled up a paper towel and folded the collar over it so that it dried in the shape I would want when the sweater is being worn. This helps to avoid the really stretched out and flat collar that can sometimes happen with wet blocking.