The Beekeeper’s Quilt:: My day at Stitch

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I have been chomping at the bit to get started on the Beekeeper’s Quilt that has been on my list goals for 2018 for months now. I had attempted to get started a number of times, but I have never knit in the round before and couldn’t figure it out.

Luckily, my Dad just so happens to be lifelong friends with Jocelyne from Stitch, a place for knitters, quilters and needle artists, formerly located at 3799 Main Street in Jordan Village, Ontario.

So, on one sunny afternoon, my Dad and I grabbed my double pointed needles and some yarn and headed over to Jocelyne’s with some homemade chocolates in hand to treat her for the favour of helping with my pattern.

Stitch had been operated out of an old house, right in the centre of Jordan Village, until Jocelyne’s recent retirement. Every nook and cranny had been filled with luxurious yarns and fat quarter squares. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming. I wish that I had lived closer so that I could have attend some of the regular workshops that Jocelyne used to host there.

I sat in the back section of the store, next to a huge wood burning stove, at a table surrounded by chairs draped in meticulously hand stitched quilts in every colour and design.

I cast on extremely tightly (a habit that I am working to break) so our lesson was slow going at first. Eventually, once we worked past the first row, things became a little easier and I was able to see what Jocelyne was doing with the needles.

As it turns out, I am using a slightly heavier yarn than is recommended in the pattern, but if I stick with that weight and my 4mm dpns throughout the construction, it shouldn’t affect the outcome. My quilt will just have slightly larger dimensions than if I had actually used the recommended sock wool.

I had asked for assistance when purchasing my yarn from Fabricland, so I was a little frustrated to hear that I had gotten it wrong. Maybe I should have gone to a store that actually specializes in yarn. I was shopping for the cheaper Red Heart brand, so I thought that it wouldn’t matter. Guess I was wrong.

Jocelyne continued to work through a couple of rows, as I tried to master the simplistic art of increasing a stitch, and my Dad and Jocie chatted about what has been going on in their lives.

Jocelyne’s son had just bought a house in nearby Fenwick and was trying to convince her to make the move there as well. My Dad told stories about the interesting characters that he runs into on a regular basis while working his delivery job.

I quietly worked, with each row becoming easier and easier to manage.

Finally, after about an hour, I had worked the pattern to the widest point of the “hexapuff” and it was time to start decreasing.

I had worked decreasing rows before and told Jocelyne that I wouldn’t need her help to finish the pattern. I would later regret this because although I did know how to decrease stitches, it took me two full days of trial and error to figure out how to do it properly, so that both sides of my “hexapuff” would hold together.

I have been spending the week at my parent’s house, so I have had lots of time on my own to work on my knitting. Hopefully, I will be able to find the free moments I need to continue working when I am back at home. I still have nearly 400 hexapuffs to go!!

So thank you Jocelyne! Without your gentle assistance the other day, I would not have made the progress that I have already made in the past week. I am well on my way to a full quilt. I will be sure to post many pics in progress and once the quilt is done.

Has anyone else tried this pattern?? It is certainly the most time consuming knitting project that I have yet to take on and I’ll admit, I am feeling a little overwhelmed.

Stitch’s former location in Jordan Station

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Allisonxo is a she/her identifying feminist from Toronto, Canada who is a lifelong crafter and lover of vegan food and thrifting.

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