So I've been working busily on my hexipuffs for The Beekeeper's Quilt. I mentioned in my last post that they're great for knitting on the go - I've knit them on the train, in the car, at knitting group, and at friends' houses.
At first thought, one might not think of hexipuffs as a good travel project - after all, you have to stuff them before you bind off! But, if I do say so myself, I think I've got it down to a science. Here's my hexipuff travel bag:
The Bag. This is my favorite project bag, a Ravelry bag with an adorable sheep-to-sock design. It's just a cotton drawstring bag, very squishy, making it easy to scrunch up and toss into my purse.
The Project. I'm doing my puffs on Magic Loop instead of DPNs, lest I risk bending or breaking or losing a needle. Normally I'm a DPN devotee, but for the hexipuffs I've decided to go with a circ and I'm glad I did. As a bonus, the Turkish CO is a cinch.
The Yarn. I have loads of leftover balls of sock yarn. I haven't really paid any regard to matching up colors; hopefully I'll be able to arrange the finished puffs in a way that looks nice.
Since I'm easily bored, I carry two or three different balls of sock yarn with me so that when I finish one puff, I can do the next in a different color.
The Stuffing. I carry a mini-ziplock bag of stuffing in my hexipuff bag. I usually carry enough to stuff at least 3 or 4 honeycombs. Whenever it's running low, I grab another handful from my big stuffing bag.
I stuff my puffs quite solidly, with leftover yarn and fiber scraps. Whenever I snip off my yarn ends or find a matted bit of top, I put it into my stuffing bag. I have enough recycled stuffing that stuffing my puffs is no problem.
The Hook. I keep a tiny crochet hook to do the 3-needle bind off and weave in the end. It's actually not a crochet hook, but a double-ended handy tool thing from Susan Bates. It's very small and very handy.
The Cutter. I have a round yarn cutter pendant to break the yarn. It's great because the blades don't catch on the yarn, so I can keep it loose in the project bag without worry. I don't have it strung onto a necklace, but I keep a length of yarn tied around it to make it easier to find.
The Puffs. I keep a few "reference puffs" in my project bag for comparison purposes. That way, my first puffs (hopefully) won't be super different from the ones I knit later on. Of course, working with so many different kinds of yarn, my gauge will vary and some hexagons will be bigger than others. But, if I have a few puffs for reference, I can stuff each one to roughly the same size and puffiness.