Yes, I am a special breed of nerd – I am a knitter. I knit in conferences, car trips, and on plane rides. I have bags of UFO (unfinished objects) stashed around my home office and in my closet. I refuse to tell my husband how much yarn I actually have in my home office closet, but the reality is that I’m not quite sure. I seem to find skeins tucked into various boxes here and there. I’d like to say that I knit every day, but the reality is that by the time I sit down at the end of the day, I’m barely able to form full sentences much less hold a knitting needle. And my list of projects and stash of yarn continues to grow.

Every year, I religiously attended Stitches South, one of several regional knitting and crocheting conventions held by XRX The Knitting Universe. In fact, I have attended Stiches South since the first one was held in Atlanta six or seven years ago. This year, the convention was held in Nashville, and, being a former Nashvillian, I drove to the convention and spent the weekend visiting a high school friend and my old stomping grounds.

There are a few facts you should know about knitters in general. First, we are problem solvers. We see a problem – whether it be a dropped stitch or a pattern ambiguity – we will find a creative solution. We live the phrase now attributed to Tim Gunn, “Make it Work.”

Second, we are a thrifty group, and we spend a lot of time hunting down patterns that allow us to use the remaining bits of yarn that remain after we finish a much larger project. These patterns using odds and ends of yarn are some of the most popular patterns on, and they create some amazing pieces.

At Stitches South, I came across a piece that represents the creative problem solving unique to knitters.

Beekeeper’s Quilt cushion

Those familiar with will recognize this as the Beekeeper’s Quilt published in Tiny Owl Knits. Each honeycomb is made of small bits of scrap sock yarn and stuffed.

Beth - creator of the Beekeeper’s Quilt cushionAnd here’s Beth, the young knitter and the creator of the Beekeeper’s Quilt cushion. She is very excited to have her piece and her picture featured in our blog.

I asked Beth what inspired her to knit this piece for her walker. She explained that her walker was a basic walker and that the seat’s padding was thin and uncomfortable. I also gathered from our conversation that she did not want to spend the money on a new walker. Being the creative knitter, she found a solution that was comfortable, that used her scrap yarn, and that is really a fun knitted piece.

I told Beth that I wanted to blog about the piece, and I kept my word. I look forward to sharing with you next year the new and creative solutions I find from Beth and other knitters at Stitches South 2016.

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