Thursday, September 6, 2012

An Olympic Finish

Jars of Hexipuffs
Ok, not really.  But I couldn't come up with a better title for this post and I have yet to finish my first cup of coffee.  And you know what?  Even if knitting really were an Olympic event, I wouldn't even medal.  Not when you compare my knitting to what other knitters have accomplished during the Olympics and Ravellenics.  But I wasn't "competing" this Olympic go around, and I wasn't knitting to impress.  No, this time I was knitting in hopes of getting some sort of push in my Beekeeper's Quilt and making some sort of progress in my hexipuff pile.  I didn't make any goals other than to just knit and knit and knit.  I also wanted to make a dent in my minis stash too, and I think I've done fairly well.  Since I didn't set in stone a number of hexipuffs that I had to knit or a certain amount of yarn that I had to use before the Olympics were over, I really didn't feel any pressure during those 17 days.  And now that the Olympics are over, I don't feel any disappointment or lingering stress.  Yay!

I know that the Olympics and the Ravellenic Games both ended weeks ago, but I thought I would post anyways about how I did.  So how did I do?  Well, what you see in the photo above is what I've accomplished in 17 days.  That there, squished into 2 half gallon mason jars are 55 hexipuffs!!  At first I thought I had only knit 52, but as I was clearing out one of the project bags that I was using (I had 3 going for the duration of the Olympics/Ravellenics) I found 2 more hexipuffs hidden amongst a pile of minis.  I'm quite proud of how many hexipuffs I've managed to knit up.  I really didn't think my number would be that high, especially considering that the last 3 days I squeaked out a mere 2 hexipuffs.  I would like to say I lost steam, but really it was just too hot to do anything involving warm wool.  

I was asked several times how I could knit something over and over again.  Didn't I get bored?  I think I've mentioned it before but I found that the only way I get bored is when I knit a bunch of hexipuffs one after the other using the same yarn.  I find that when I use a different yarn per hexipuff (or a different mini), or when I alternate a ball of yarn with a mini, it doesn't feel so repetitive or get boring.  The different yarns trick my brain into thinking I'm knitting a different project each time.  Plus, I get the thrill of casting on and binding off with each puff that gets knit up.  

Another reason why I love knitting these cute little hexipuffs: I get to try out a ton of new yarns that I've never used before.  I get a lot of my minis through swaps and find that it's the easiest way to obtain yarns that aren't readily available to me without having to spend a lot of money and without having to purchase full skeins.  I've discovered yarns that I would love to get my hands on to knit a bigger project with, some that I would like to stay away from, and a few that I wouldn't even touch with a 10-foot pole.  Yuck!  I also dug into the few balls of Knit Picks' Aloft to knit up a few of the fluffiest and softest little hexipuffs ever.  So yummy!

Sadly, the hexipuff knitting will have to be put on hold for a while.  As I mentioned in this post I've got a lot of knitting to do this month and when that's over gift-knitting must commence.  So on that note, I better get back to my September knitting!!

♥ Happy Knitting! ♥

2 comments:

  1. wow! that's a lot of hexipuffs! i'm thinking i should try to get my hands on some mini skeins. that's a really good idea in trying it out (and i do have to admit the hexipuff thing is helpful here) so you have a great idea of what yarns you want to knit with for a larger project.
    but yes. get back to that other knitting. since i have to too. :) xo

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    1. Trying out new yarns can be fun and kind of deadly in the sense that you'lol start to lust after even more yarn! :P

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