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Beekeeper’s Quilt Progress Report #1

Beekeepers_Quilt_Pattern_puffsHa. Periodically I give the random, stray pun a cozy home on Make and Do Crew. What can I say? As outcasts of the “real” world of writing, I feel sorry for puns. Plus, they make me feel so clever.

So, I started this crazy project that is the Beekeeper’s Quilt Pattern three short weeks ago. Boy, how the sock yarn flies when you’re knitting little hexagons.

These little hexes, or “squishies” as I like to call them when I’m stuffing down them Mike’s shirt as I finish them, are the cocaine of crafting. I’m not sure there’s been project I’ve been so addicted to since I made lanyards in Girl Scout camp.

What’s not to love about them? They’re portable, 89% mindless and each one turns out differently. To date, I’ve knit 53 of them. FIFTY-THREE!! Honestly, I’m as shocked as you are. I thought I’d be knee-deep in to three new sweaters and a scarf at this point. But there’s something perfectly appropriate about this little hexes for my perfectly short attention span. Each hex takes me about 30 minutes, which means…yup…do the math…I’ve spent 26.5 hours in the last three weeks knitting little squishy balls of yarn and batting. Yikes. And, um, kinda wow?

What I read into this shocking statistic:-I’m watching entirely too much Breaking Bad and Lie To Me.
-I have filled every spare waking moment knitting these things. You might think that’s weird. And I’d have to agree with you.
Tiny Owl Knits has designed what might be the most pointless, yet addicting knitting pattern in the history of time.
So it probably goes without saying that I’ve also obsessively been collecting sock yarn to use for this new relentless pursuit of mine. Knit Picks. Michael’s. Hancock. Hobby Lobby. Ben Franklin’s. No one’s safe. And although I love this Beekeeper’s Quilt pattern more than I can probably explain in these pixels, I’m not willing to let this project to cost a billion dollars.

Unless I get a cat of an extremely rare and distinguished breed and bequeath this quilt as his noble thrown, I’m not even sure what I’ll do with the finished project. So, I need to keep it cheap-ish. With the exception of the yarn I bought on Knit Picks, I use a 40% coupon or buy the yarn on sale. Sock yarn is inexplicably pricy, but I try to pay less than $4 for each 50g skein.

Here are the materials for my madness so far:

Patons Lace
Color: Midas
80% acrylic, 10% mohair, 10% woolBeekeepers_Quilt_Yarn10
Red Heart, Heart & Sole
Color: Toasted Almond
70% superwash wool, 30% nylonBeekeepers_Quilt_Yarn11
Lion Brand Sock-Ease
Color: Taffy
75% wool, 25% nylon
Loops & Threads Luxury Sock Yarn
Color: Redwoods
60% superwash wool, 30% nylon, 10% cashmereBeekeepers_Quilt_Yarn13
Knit Picks, Comfy Fingering
Color: Flamingo
75% pima cotton, 25% acrylicBeekeepers_Quilt_Yarn14
Knit Picks, Comfy Fingering
Color: Sweet Potato
75% pima cotton, 25% acrylicBeekeepers_Quilt_Yarn15
Knit Picks, Stroll Fingering
Color: Vintage Multi
75% superwash wool, 25% nylonBeekeepers_Quilt_Yarn16
Walk Away Sock Yarn (available at Hobby Lobby)
Color: Twirl
75% superwash wool, 25% polyamidBeekeepers_Quilt_Yarn17
Knit Picks Felici
Color: Cochineal
75% superwash wool, 25% nylonBeekeepers_Quilt_Yarn18
Patons Lace
Color: Patina
80% acrylic, 10% mohair, 10% woolBeekeepers_Quilt_Yarn19
So there you have it, my wooly palate as of week 3. I plan to add more yarn as I find it. (In fact, there might be a package from Joann’s arriving in the mail this week…) One thing I love about this project is that I can make it up as I go. Every time I add a new color, the chemistry of the entire blanket changes slightly.

Okay, so is anyone else as obsessed with the Beekeeper’s Quilt as I am? If so, please speak up. It’s lonely in this big pile of squishies.

Read more about The Beekeeper’s Quilt:
Why I Fell In Love
The Yarns I’m Using
How I Tricked My Mom Into Helping Me
The Template I Created To Sew My Beekeeper’s Quilt Together
Using a Whip Stitch Instead of Tying


  • Make and Do Girl
    February 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I love YOUR ambition. The string are is sure to last a few hundred years before it decomposes. I’m sure it’s a higher payoff activity than these squishies. Hammer time!

  • McCall Burau
    February 24, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Your honeycombs look SOOOOO great! Good work you little worker bee (… get it? he…he….). I can’t wait to snuggle up next to you under this fab quilt.

    • Make and Do Girl
      February 27, 2012 at 7:18 am

      Oh I get it—bzzz bzzzz! How are your honeycombs these days?

  • lynn
    March 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Started my BeeKeepers Quilt this last week after I ran across your blog. What a fun way to use up the leftover bits and bobs of previous projects. Thanks for sharing!

    • Make and Do Girl
      March 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Lynn, I’m so happy to hear you’ve joined in the madness too. It’s pretty addictive, huh? Keep me posted on your progress!

  • Valmai Griffiths
    March 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Hi. I LOVE your website!!! I’m Val from Wales UK and have knitted since I was very young (never mastered crochet, though I’d love to). Recently I’ve fallen in love with a UK 100% wool yarn called Twilleys Freedom Spirit and a US yarn called Crystal Palace Taos. I’ve have made many things and have just finished an Entrelac cushion in many colours as a wedding gift for my friend. I’ve also made two other entrelac covers for squishy microbead cushions. There’s no stopping me.

    Next I’d like to start a beekeepers quilt and came across your site on Google. It’s amazing. Like you, I love colour and texture. Don’t suppose you have a pattern for each individual hexagon do you?
    Take care, Val x

    • Make and Do Girl
      March 15, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Hi Val! Sounds like you’re a knitting machine! If you like making cushion-y things, you’re going to love the Beekeeper’s Quilt. The hexes are super fun and quick and leave you with an awesome sense of accomplishment. I bought the pattern on Ravelry. You can also buy it on Tiny Owl’s Knits,

      Thanks for the yarn recommendations! I’ll definitely have to try those out.


      • jocelyne
        May 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        how do you sew them together?

  • Jordan
    April 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I just found this pattern thanks to you! Not sure what I want to do with it….but my daughter loves playing with the squishies for now. 🙂

  • Patsy Holmes
    April 17, 2012 at 8:16 am

    All the pictures and talking about what has be done and the yarm BUT no directions. Dd I miss it?

  • Geraldine P.
    April 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Would you recommend this beekeeper quilt for a beginner knitter, and my stash of yarns are worsted weight – Caron One Pound and Caron Super Soft. Would that yarn work. It sure would make it more economical. I’ve made a hat and now an afghan of squares. Tks G.

    • Tanya
      October 24, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Truthfully you could make this project out of any type of yarn. The size of yarn and needle you use will determine the size of hexipuff you get. If you use worsted weight yarn and say a size 6 needle, you will have a larger hexipuff. These sock yarn puffs are only a couple of inches in size. But, go for it and you are right, the yarn you have will be more economical.

      • Make and Do Girl
        October 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

        You’re totally right, Tanya. I think it’d be cool to make big pillow-sized puffs with some really thick yarn. (Plus, they’d go so fast!)

  • ann headley
    April 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    do you have a pattern for the quilt i would like to have it thanks

  • Dawn
    September 20, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I fell in love with this quilt and the little ‘puffies’ I call them…I ran and picked up some sock yarn, that was on sale yeah!!!, and my needles which I never used and began….well having trouble getting used to the dpns and the thin yarn…not a master at knitting and only like big needles…but I am determined to get this…I’m thinking of using a 2 yarn instead of 1 maybe its too thin for me…and that increase I just can’t get it….but dang I am determined…such beauty it is

    • Tanya
      October 24, 2012 at 7:43 am

      If you are having trouble with the increase/ decrease go to, she has the best tutorial/videos ever

  • Beth
    October 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I also fell in love with this pattern when I discovered it. I haven’t started it yet, but after reading this I am inspired to get started, thank you! I have finally found an outlet to use all the second cuts from our alpaca stash in my garage! I was going to probably throw it out eventually, but now I can make a hypoallergenic, warm stuffed throw for my bed or couch or both!! The only thing I worry about on these kind of things is using the wool thread or stuffing and then leaving it out for the moths to chew up. Will have to remember to give it a periodic moth proof, herbal wool wash bath! Another use for these luscious puffs I think I would like to try is to make a vest out of them. Wouldn’t that be a fabuloso idea !!

  • lys
    November 22, 2012 at 4:35 am

    Thanks for this post! It’s nice to see how the different yarns look knitted up into little puffs 🙂 I really love the soft gradation of the Patons Lace yarns; now I know what to look for for my own puffs! (currently working on #88…)

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  • domestic kate
    January 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Any more updates on this? I just found your blog recently, and I love it 🙂 Now I’m kind of obsessed with the beekeeper’s quilt. I don’t have babies, but I think it would make a great play pad for baby’s tummy time that would eventually turn into a cat bed (as every other surface does).

    • Make and Do Girl
      January 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Hey Kate,
      What is it about this pattern that is so darn catchy!? I was obsessed as soon as I found it too. I’m planning a few updates on my quilt for the coming weeks actually. Check back soon! And I think any cat or baby or baby cat would be lucky to have a Bee Keeper’s Quilt!

  • Andrea Papaya
    January 10, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Hi there!

    I too am knitting the same quilt 🙂 This pattern is awesome and sooo very much addicting!

    Just a quick question on Patons Lace – did you knit this straight from the skein? Or did you double or triple the yarn ends to keep the hexipuff sizes consistent? I’ve been using Lion Brand’s Amazing for now but I need to throw in different textures and colors to really achieve the look I’m going for!

    I had my eyes on this yarn at the craft store because the colors are so nice but backed away from it because the yarn is so thin!

    Any thoughts would be helpful, many thanks in advance!

    • Make and Do Girl
      January 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Hey Andrea,
      SO addicting! I found myself obsessed with knitting squishies! With the Patons Lace, I actually just used one strand of it. It does look super thin, but because it’s a little bit “fuzzy,” it actually fills out and creates a puff about the same size as the others. I did find that you could see the stuffing through it a little bit because the strand was thinner than the others, but it wasn’t enough to bother me. I love the colors too! I’d love to see your finished quilt. I’m getting up the gusto to sew mine together.
      Happy beekeeping!

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  • Jo Ann Armstrong
    June 24, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Love, Love, Love the Beekeepers quilt. I am hooked.. It is crazy but it’s instant satisfaction. You can completed the puffs in no time at all and I found a basket that I am putting them in. It might take some time but I hope to make a cover for a double bed.. Here’s to the crazy little puffs.

    Jo Ann

    • Make and Do Girl
      October 29, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Ha ha, I agree! Although sometimes I think those of us who are making it are the “little crazy puffs.” I admire your ambition to cover a double bed. That will be the coziest little nest ever!

      Happy knitting!


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