I’m infected with a dangerous virus.
If you don’t immediately recognise this, you are possibly not a knitter. Definitely not on Ravelry, or not that much. This – it will eventually become the Beekeeper’s Quilt, by Stephanie Dosen/Tiny Owl Knits – is the latest viral knit; and it’s unusual in two respects: one, it’s not free;* and two, I’m on board. I tend to avoid viral knits (out of stubbornness, largely, but also because the things I look for in a knitting project tend to be less likely to drive a viral infection: for instance wildly popular patterns are usually distinctive, but simple, whereas I like complexity).
In fact I wasn’t planning on making this. I saw it, I passed over it without really noticing. Nothing wrong with it, but not particularly up my alley. And I already had a sock yarn sampler blanket in progress. But then, I went to a yarn swap party, and Stephanie was there with a sample quilt, and Elfling made a beeline for it (sorry) and gasped “oooh! pretty!“, and I still wasn’t planning on making it, but then Stephanie traded me the pattern for some yarn I was offering to give her for free anyway, so then (back home) I had the pattern download, and I opened it, and again the “ooh! pretty!“, and… well…
I am powerless to resist.
Turns out, though, there’s an unexpected bonus to hexipuffing:** I’m actually making progress on my other sock scrap blanket, too.
See, I was stalled on this one because I had biggish balls of remnants, but my concept called for smallish patches of colour, and I couldn’t figure out how to decide when to stop knitting on a particular strip, so… stalled. But! Hexipuff away most of my yarn, leave a bit for strips… perfect. Progress. Two blankets at once! Fun.
PS – If anyone else is puffing and fancies some scraps, I’ve got some going free. (Ravelry link. But you could leave a comment if you’d like me to email you what’s available.)
* There are of course other paid-for patterns that sweep through the knitosphere… but by and large, anything that makes this big a splash, this quickly, is a freebie. Like Clapotis.
** It’s not a proper viral if it doesn’t come with its own slang or acronym.