I have been chomping on the bit to get started on that Beekeeper’s Quilt that I mentioned as part of my goals for 2016. I had attempted to get started a number of times, but I had 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, 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 I headed over to Jocelyne’s, with some handmade chocolates in hand to treat her for the favour of helping with my pattern.
Stitch is operated out of an old house, right in the centre of Jordan Village. Every nook and cranny is filled with luxurious yarns and fat quarter squares. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming. I wish that I lived closer so that I could attend some of the regular workshops that Jocelyne hosts 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 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 only after 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 was 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.
Now, it is about it is about a week since my trip to Stitch and I have almost 15 “hexapuffs” completed and I am hard at work making more.
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 on my “hexapuffs” when I am back at home. I still have nearly 400 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.
I recommend a special journey over to Stitch to anyone who is planning on being in the Jordan Village area and be prepared to spend some time there, as it will take you that long to look through everything that Jocelyne has in store.