Monday, January 21

Bee Keeper: part 2

*** Part 1 can be found here ***

This is going to be more technical. And short. :)


Pattern: Bee Keeper Quilt
Yarn: 10 colors, 27 skeins total (30 purchased)
Lorna’s Laces: Patina, MonkeyShines, The Bean, and Magnificent Mile (all Shepard Worsted)
Madeline Tosh Vintage: Ginger
Madeline Tosh dk: Dusk
Malabrigo: Butter, Rich Chocolate, and Applewood (all worsted)
Araucania Coliumo Solid: Color 24
Needles and Hooks: US 8 (knitting), 0 (crochet: seaming), and J (edge)

Modifcations: Hexagons were knit flat and in strips. Each hexagon was separated by a row of purl stitches. Each strip had 15 hexagons. 14 total strips were made (but only 13 were used). All hexagons started at 14 stitches and increased up to 28 except for those done in Araucania. Those were increased only to 26 stitches. Seaming was a basic single crochet seam (vs. ties at the corners). Entire blanket was done on bigger needles and with thicker yarns.

Total strip count: 13 strips out of 14
Total hexagon count: 195 (used. Including the 14th strip it was 210)
Total weight: 3 lbs
Total knitting time starting at the last restart: 7 weeks.
Total starts: 3 times
Final size: 60x65

9 comments:

Lisa Eggs said...

I always enjoy your comments on Rivka Malks's website so I thought I would pop over and check out your blog... WHOA! I am impressed!!!! You are truly an artist with those needles! I've been trying to teach myself to knit for so long to little results. How did you ever learn to knit at this level? Well done, Cassie! :) Lisa Eggers

. said...

Thank you Lisa! Honestly? I'm self taught. I decided to learn about 7 years ago when my oldest was just a baby. We used cloth diapers and I wanted to be able to use wool diaper covers. The last couple years, my focus has shifted to more complex things since i no longer have kids in diapers.

Check out knittinghelp.com. It's all videos (for both English (holding the yarn in your right hand) and Continental (held in the left hand)style). It's what I used those many years ago.

Lisa Eggs said...

Thanks! I'm going to give it a try. I would be thrilled if I could just make it through a simple piece without throwing it down in frustration! I'll be sure to visit your blog again to drool over all this knitted gorgeousness :)

. said...

I'd suggest picking something you really want to finish so your motivation stays high. I have yet to make a real scarf (I suppose all the strips from this could be considered some) because the idea bores me to tears. :) Ravelry.com has TONS of free patterns with a lot of ways to filter your search so that you can find something as specific as you want...down to your yarn brand even. It's nice.

Lisa Eggs said...

Oh I'd love to make something interesting but I'm afraid that even the simplest of scarves has me completely confused! I've been watching a lot of tutorials but I just keep going wrong somewhere in there and I can't figure it out. I wish you were just down the street so I could run my tangled ball of yarn over to show you, I'm sure you'd be able to steer me the right way! I even made my husband sit with me in front of the computer last week and try to figure it out. He actually did help a bit, but we didn't get too far. I'm not giving up though! I was thinking I'd try to find a class somewhere nearby. I am going to check out Ravelry. I've heard a lot about that site but I just thought I had no business there ;) but will your suggestion I'm on my way! Thanks!

. said...

Definitely head to a local store! And if you can swing it, do their knitting nights too. I loved mine and it's a great place to get extra help outside of a class.

Lisa Eggs said...

Will do! You've been really helpful! I'll put you on my blog list so I can see all the great stuff you make, it should keep me motivated!

Lisa Eggs said...

I think I had a knitting breakthrough! My friend came over and showed me where I was going wrong. Thank goodness!

. said...

Hurray! Before you know it, you'll be up to your elbows in projects and supplies. It's funny, I started knitting to save money on diaper covers. Knitting is not a money saving habit. lol

I'm excited for you and can't wait to see what you create!