A rainbow of socks

I really like knitting socks… I love the self-patterning yarns that are available, I love knitting on five needles, I love the fact that you knit round and round in circles so that there is no seam and, therefore, very little finishing off. I haven’t knitted any recently because I have been distracted by the masterpiece, Jacob’s hoodie, chunky slippers and a other non-craft related things. However, I couldn’t resist sharing this picture of my washing line today:

Socks

Socks

Of course, every time I make a pair there is some left-over yarn. Slowly, I’m converting this into hexipuffs, from which I will eventually make a quilt. For a king-size quilt I need 900 hexipuffs. So far, I’ve made 106 so it could take me a while yet!

One hundred and six hexipuffs down, seven hundred and ninety four to go!

One hundred and six hexipuffs down, seven hundred and ninety four to go!

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  1. I’m speechless. First knitted lichen, now hexipuffs. You broaden my education šŸ™‚

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  2. What great beauty are you showing us….may I share this post on my fb page?The socks are gorgeous!

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  3. you have the funkiest looking washing line! looks brill šŸ™‚

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  4. Oh, all of your socks have inspired me to get back to my sock-knitting project! They’re fantastic! šŸ˜€

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  5. That’s a little bit of Summer sun on your washing line.You must wear sunglasses collecting them.
    Good luck with the other 794 hexipuffs. That should keep you out of trouble.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  6. Love the socks! I am in the knitting Sarah’s socks with Sarah Kal – working on pair number 5 of the year. I posted about what to do with leftovers, and hexapuffs came up a few times. You inspire me to actually do it….

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  7. Dazzling footwear! If you run out of motivation with the hexipuffs, just make the centre of the quilt with puffs, and make the rest of stuffed squares to form borders. Speaking as a quilt maker, nice big borders have saved me from many a UFO!

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    • The hexipuffs are funny things…. because each one is sort of complete in itself, the momentum seems to keep going and I love seeing the collection grow… still 900 is a huge target!

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  8. Some day I’ll be brave enough for socks. Some day. Yours, of course, are gorgeous. A friend of mine is doing something similar with her left over sock yarn. šŸ™‚

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    • Once you get the hang of them socks are quite straightforward – I use a very simple pattern and all the interest comes from the self-patterning yarn. I’ve knitted so many pairs now that I don’t even need to look at the pattern!

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  9. Gorgeous – both the socks and the hexipuffs šŸ™‚

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  10. What a fun post! I share your love of socks, 5 needles, fine yarn and small projects. I really do love the hexipuffs. A quilt of them would be so ………right! Do the hexipuffs have to be the same fine yarn or is there room for thicker yarns too?

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    • Supposedly they are all done in 4-ply, but the yarns seem to vary greatly. This doesn’t matter too much, as they are quite forgiving when stitched together. I think by reducing the number of stitches and rows a little, DK hexipuffs of the same size would be perfectly possible. I started making them because I seemed to be accumulating huge amounts of left-over 4-ply (and I was given some too). Since there’s no sign of me running out yet, I haven’t explored other weights. If you had lots of DK oddments, you could make bigger puffs with the same number of stitches and would probably only need 600 for a king-size quilt!!!
      I should have given a link to the original pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-beekeepers-quilt

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  11. I love the beekeepers quilt! It’s one of those things I’ve always meant to do with my tiny balls of sock yarn.

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    • I really like the fact that there is no pressure with it – I am making it specifically to use up oddments, so I’m happy to just keep making hexipuffs when I feel like. Once I have a quilt, I’ll probably keep making them for other purposes anyway.

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  12. I bow to your awesomeness…socks! 5 needles?!!! AND hexipuffs (and so many of them!) you rule! šŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for making me smile xx

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      • šŸ™‚ You are welcome…any time. Thankyou for making me realise just how talented people can be…oh MY those socks are divine! I have enough trouble with 1 needle (crochet) let alone 5. How do you fit them all in your hands? Are you like an octopus?!!! šŸ˜‰

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  13. Love your posts! xx

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  14. I adore your socks! I have never had hand-made socks, but perhaps when life slows down a little I will learn to knit at last, as I am a funky sock fiend.

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    • I think socks are quite easy to knit… but many disagree! They are great for knitting whilst traveling as they are small and don’t require the transportation of large quantities of yarn. And, once you’ve learned how to make them, it’s addictive!

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