A spot of gardening and some bee-keeping

Spring has definitely sprung in London, and the longer days and better weather have come in handy as I get to grips with a new garden.  This will definitely be a long-term work in progress, but it’s fun discovering what is already growing there and seeing progress made as a blank canvas of newly-cleared flowerbeds gradually replaces the old, overgrown weeds and brambles.  It’s also fun deciding what to plant.  I’m hoping to feed my stomach as well as my spirit…

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Alongside all of this outdoorsy fun, my current knitting didn’t feel quite right.  I was in the mood for something more playful and so I gave myself a week off my existing knitting projects (a cardigan and finishing the edging on a shawl) to make hexipuffs from The Beekeeper’s Quilt by tiny owl knits.  Hexipuffs are little woolly hexagonal cushions which are knitted in the round and stuffed.  The idea is to sew them together in a honeycomb formation to make a colourful quilt.  Making the hundreds needed for a quilt would be a project of even more gargantuan proportions than taming my garden, but each individual hexipuff is a very satisfying quick knit.  They are quite addictive and I’ve ended up with a little rainbow of them from the last week’s knitting, all using different scraps of hand-dyed yarn.

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My hexipuffs are destined to join others made by knitters from all over the world, as part of the Hand-dyed Beekeeper’s Quilt Challenge, organised by UK-based yarn dyer and designer Lioness Arts, which will see over 700 hexipuffs joined together to make a quilt.  The finished quilt will be the prize in a raffle in aid of the Great Ormond Street Hospital and Medecins Sans Frontieres.  I’ve found the Challenge a great excuse to make hexipuffs without taking on the huge project of making a whole quilt!  You can find out how to join in or enter the raffle at the Challenge’s fundraising page.

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