It seems like a ridiculously ambitious project – the knitting of an entire quilt. But little bits and bobs of leftover yarn fashioned into knitted shapes are such a smart preservation of those small amounts of luxury yarns you’ve saved. The Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owls Knits has taken Ravelry by storm. Hundreds, no thousands of projects have been started, swaps have been initiated. It’s even inspired an entire new market area for yarn sellers in the quest for mini skeins to make those sweet little hexipuffs.
A knitted quilt has all the best parts of a sewn quilt: it’s a way to collect memorabilia for the crafter. Leftovers for projects you’ve crafted and reminders of friends you’ve acquired. The 3 purple/teal striped on the left are from my friend Leslie, sent all the way from Washington. The one in the middle is the leftover from the first slipper socks I made myself and have long since worn out. The little owl is from a talented new friend I made in a swap: and reminds me that I want to learn to duplicate stitch sweet little motifs onto my hexi’s.
I’ve been thinking of the different shapes one can create, reminiscent of pieced fabric quilts. Hexipuffs remind me of the old fashioned Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. The Nine Patch Mitered Square by Nancyknits is high on my list and reminds me of the Nine Patch quilt I inherited from my own Great Grandmother. I can think of a dozen different color combinations I’d love to try in my own knitted nine patches.
I’ve been collecting mini skeins for awhile now – long before I heard of these patterns, and now I collect with projects in mind – my own knitted quilts. These are ongoing projects that I feel no concern about hurrying to finish. Something I can add to in good time with the pieces I collect along the way.