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Hexipuff Update (or all the spectacular uses for hexi-puffs)

My hexipuffs

My hexipuffs

39 hexipuffs

39 hexipuffs

I’m 10% of the way through my beekeeper’s quilt, and 100% addicted to these satisfying little puffs.  This week, I finished my 39th puff, which I see as something as of a milestone (384 puffs make a full size quilt).  So far, my goal is to complete a double bed size quilt in a random selection of colours. These hexipuffs were made out of eight different balls of scrap sock yarn (Studioloo Bootsie, Dream in Color Smooshy and Starry, ONline Supersocke, madelinetosh merino light, and Cascade 220 Superwash Sport). I’m hesitant to start attaching anything, since I’d like the colours and colourways to be evenly distributed in the quilt.  It is interesting to note that there are way more in progress quilts on ravelry: 3833 in progress compared to 741 finished quilts. I suspect that we’ll all be at this for a while!

A hexipuff headboard, originally spotted on Pinterest

A hexipuff headboard, originally spotted on Pinterest

Rosalias' HexiChristmas (taken from ravelry)

Rosalias’ HexiChristmas (taken from ravelry)

Along the way, I also discovered some of the other spectacular and creative uses for hexipuffs, like this much-shared wall hanging/head board which, I believe is suspended using hooks from anthropologie.  I’m considering it as a temporary home for some of my finished puffs. One commenter on knit the hell out suggested using them as cushions for dinner chairs (a great idea, but I’m not sure I could watch my toddler eat pasta that close to hours and hours of knitting). Another brilliant blogger made an entire Christmas tree out of hexipuffs.

My ravelry and pinterest searches revealed hexipuffs used as Christmas ornaments, key chains, upholstery, baby toys and blankets, and my absolute favourite: a cozy cat bed!

A hexipuff pet carrier by catlips (taken from ravelry)

A hexipuff pet carrier by catlips (taken from ravelry)

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A few of my favourite (Christmas craft) things

A handmade ornament on our tree

A handmade ornament on our tree

I used to see Christmas as a much needed break from the grind of work or school, but having a child has fundamentally changed my feelings about the holidays.  Family traditions that I had not thought about since in years, are suddenly important again.  I want to make Christmas special again, and all of the old holiday rituals and traditions (and a few new ones) have taken on a new significance for me; they are now a source of joy for my son, and part of the heritage that we are passing on to him.  This is especially true this year, when at two and a half, he is starting to understand what is going on.

So with my newfound Christmas spirit, here is a list of my top five favourite holiday knitting (and other needlecraft) projects.

Smitten advent garland (photo taken from knitpicks.com)

Smitten advent garland (photo taken from knitpicks.com)

5. Advent Calender.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to this project this year, but next year, I will definitely be casting on an advent calender in the early fall.  I’ve yet to decide between these two patterns: Frankie Brown’s Advent Garland and Emily Ivey’s Smitten garland.  They both look fantastic.

4. Christmas tree skirt.  Ours was crocheted by one of my grandmothers, but there are lots of options on ravelry (including eight free knitting patterns), ranging from simple stockinette to cables and lace.  These are the types of objects that stay in families for decades, why not make it special?

stocking

My son’s stocking

3. Stocking.  I knit this stocking by Haley Waxberg, before my son’s first Christmas.  It’s basically a short row sock knit on big needles in bulky yarn.  Knitting a single favourite sock pattern on big needles is an easy way to go, but the possibilities are endless.

2. Gifts.  As I’ve rhapsodized before, there’s nothing like a handmade gift.  I like socks for adults and sweaters for kids, but there really is no wrong thing to make with love.

1. Ornaments.  Practically speaking, ornaments are really fast projects and excellent stash busters.  They make a perfect addition to an otherwise generic hostess or teacher gift of wine or a gift card.  In the past, I have attached these snowmen and poinsettas to gifts for almost everyone on my list.  There are over 600 free knitted ornament patterns available on ravelry (and a few dreidels too), so you are limited only by your imagination.  Most of the ornaments on our tree have a story to tell, from the tiny globe that we mark each year with last year’s travel, to baby’s first Christmas ornaments celebrating the births of my son, my husband and myself to the various knit, crocheted, sculpted and glued ornaments made by toddlers and grandparents over the years.  One of my grandfathers died when I was very young, and so my most vivid memories of him are actually of the stories that my mother would tell each year, while the ornaments were hung on the tree.  The history of our ornaments are the most important part of decorating the tree for me.

Season’s Greetings and Happy Knitting!