After working on a big project for the past month (Camp Loopy Project Three, 2600 yds., photos soon!), I’m ready to do something smaller. In fact, maybe I’ll work on a few-somethings-smaller. If you’re like me, you probably have lots of leftover balls of sock yarn from various projects. I’ve seen people make some cute things from their leftover sock yarn, but frankly, I really like keeping all of those little leftovers in pretty jars. If and when I get holes in my hand knit socks, I know exactly where to find the leftover yarn to fix that. And the thought of getting a full skein to knit into something that calls for scraps defeats the whole purpose of using lots of small skeins to make something with lots of colors.
But then I started looking at The Beekeeper’s Quilt again. And the Sock Yarn Blanket. (Oh, I love Shelly’s Sock Yarn Blanket.) And the fun, multi-squared Babette Blanket. And the Scrappy Lengthwise Scarf. And the Dicke Decke (which looks like a beautiful water color). And the Zig and Zag Baby Blanket. Well – I wanted to jump in and make something up in lots of fun colors like that. (But … without using up my leftover-but-I-like-them-in-my-jars sock yarns.)
Lorna’s Laces to the rescue! We’ve teamed up with Lorna’s to bring you a special kit full of unique colors, just for projects like the ones I linked to, above. Each kit will contain 1200 yards (1097 meters) of fingering weight Shepherd Sock yarn. You’ll get 24 colors, 50 yds. in each color, all wound up into miniature balls, ready for your knitting. We’ll have two different options – the Multi Mix and the Semi Solids. The multis will contain color ways that they are dyeing up just for these kits. That way, if you already have leftover Lorna’s Laces colors that you are using for your project, you can be assured that these will all be different. I think Beth and her team are looking forward to just playing in the dye pots and coming up with brand new mixes! If you’re more of a semi-solids kind of person, then you’ll want the Semi Solids kit which contains solids and no mixes. (Or if you’re like me, you’ll want to use both so that you have a mix of semi’s and multi’s in your finished project.)
Each bag 0f 24 balls will retail for $80. If, for example, you’re making hexapuffs for the Beekeeper’s Quilt, it looks like you should be able to get 3-4 puffs out of each mini skein, depending on needle size and gauge. That means a kit of 1200 yards (24 mini balls) should result in somewhere between 72 – 96 puffs.
We’re hoping to start getting the kits in around mid October. We’re taking pre-orders, so let us know if you’d like us to save you some. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us if you want the Multi Mix, the Semi Solids, or both. When the kits come in, we’ll set up your orders and will have you put payment through. I hope you have fun with them. I need to go decide which of these fun projects I want to do first. I might knit the Beekeeper’s Quilt without the puff stuffing. Or does that take all of the fun out of it? Is the puff part necessary?
Would you like to win a free kit? Just leave a comment and tell us which pattern you might be interested in making. We’ll randomly draw a winner next week and will let you pick between a Multi Mix and a Semi Solid kit!
I’ve got a mitered square sock yarn blanket AND a BeeKeepers Quilt going at the same time. I could use all the sock yarn I can get my hands on…especially some Lorna’s Laces! Yum!
I really want to make the beekeeper’s quilt!
I’ve already got a mitered square blanket going and as much as I’m trying to stay away from the Beekeeper Quilt, I know it’s just a matter of time before I give in! 😉
I would make the Zig and zag blanket. I have made the curlique out of scrap yarn and blankets from scraps are the best!
I think I would prefer to knit the mitered square sock yarn blanket. Although I like the look of the Beekeeper’s Quilt, I think tying all the puffs together might drive me nuts.
(InJuneau on Ravelry too)
I’ve always loved the babette blanket, but I can see myself getting in the hexipuff craze too. Sock yarn is too much fun!
Hexipuffs all the way!! I just bought polyfill for it this past weekend.
Okay, I’m getting sucked into making one of the BeeKeepers Quilts. I think I would make mine without stuffing them.
I would love to make a Beekeeper’s Quilt! I have been saving all my Shepherd Sock scraps (it is my favorite yarn!) in order to make some kind of blanket. Getting a kit would mean I could start now, rather than years from now!
I’m planning to make a crocheted beekeeper’s blanket–The Apiary Puff. I also have a mitered square blanket in progress, and a whole lot of Lorna’s Laces in my stash-some leftover, some not. This kit sounds great. I want the semi solids.
I have been intrigued by the beekeeper’s quilt from the first time I saw it posted. I have just recently started knitting socks, so the needed stash is slim indeed.
I’m about a hundred puffs into a Beekeeper’s Quilt. In addition to the fun of making the puffs, I’ve really been enjoying swapping with other puffers.
Oooo, pretty yarn! I just started a Beekeeper’s quilt, and those yarn packages sound mighty tempting…
I’m making a mitered square right now but I’m saving all my leftovers to start a beekeeper once I get the money to buy the pattern. My mtered square is still in it’s baby stages so I still have a long way to go!
I love sock yarn. The kit is a great idea. If I won your kit, I would make the Dicke Decke blanket.
I’ve only just bought the pattern for The Beekeeper’s Quilt and am totally in love with it. I want both sets of yarn!!!!!!
I love the Babbette!
The Beekeeper’s Quilt has charmed me! Would love to try that!
The Beekeeper!!! I am addicted to hexipuffs…
All the projects are beautiful though!
Making a Beekeeper’s Quilt! HEXIPUFFS!!!
DUDE! I just started the Beekeeper’s Quilt today and am *almost* finished with my very first hexipuff!!!! They’re like crack, in a yarny kind of way …
Love the Beekeeper! Trying to see if I can justify a kit from you, sent to the other side of the world! LOL
Started my hexipuffs for the beekeepers quilt. Need more yarn!!
Hexipuffs Rock! I’m having so much fun making them.
Thanks for this great opportunity.
Oh, I would love to make the Beekeeper’s Quilt! I haven’t been knitting a long time and I don’t have lots of scraps…
I agree with Sherry – bits and pieces of favorite yarns are hard to give up!! – especially if they come from a gift that was sent far away.
I would love to have a kit to make the Beekeeper quilt!
Beekeeper’s Quilt for sure!
I am in LOVE with the Beekeeper’s Quilt!! This is awesome and I’d kill for the semi solid set. 😀
I would really love to knit Scrappy Lengthwise Scarf.
I can’t decide between the Beekeeper and that mitered square blanket! I want to do both… at some point. ::grin::
I would love to make the zigzag baby blanket or maybe the scarf I love the pattern in the scarf!
Count me in. Love that Bee Keeper’s Blanket. Running to pre order now!
Definitely the hexipuffs – that quilt is gorgeous!
Would love to win this. Thanks!
Would love to get started on a Beekeeper’s quilt!
I’d love to win too! I’m sorely tempted by the beekeeper’s quilt, but I’ve been wanting to make a sock yarn mitered square blanket for a long time, so it would definitely be hard to decide.
Oh Beekeeper’s Quilt all the way. I just adore Stephanie D (and her music even before she was on Rav!)
I love the beekeeper’s quilt and already finished my first 4 hexipuffs. The Dicke Decke looks very nice and tempting too!
Wow, those are super cute! I have a couple fingering-weight scrappy scarves I’m stocking up for… the LL colors would be a perfect addition!
What an excellent idea, and an even more excellent contest!
I would love to do the sock yarn blanket but I love the idea of an adult zigzag blanket too!
I love the beekeepers quilt and the Scrappy Lengthwise scarf!
I would love to make the Beekeeper’s quilt.
I’ve always wanted to make a Babette blanket, but the lure of the hexapuffs might win out – spoiled for choice!
I am making hexipuffs for a beekeepers quilt. Only mine is not going to be stuffed – but flat and sewed together to be a blanket.
I have been working away on the Beekeepers’s Quilt and am trying to use as many different yarns as possibe. Gotta love sock yarn and mini skeins they are like candy to me.
Oh, man. I’d love to make the Beekeeper’s Quilt. I’d have to go for the multicolor option.
I so want to start making the Beekeeper’s quilt. I can just hear all the comments from my co-workers as I work on a hexipuff at work if I win:-)