I finally caved.
For those of you who are perhaps unfamiliar or out-of-touch with the online knitting community, I'd like to momentarily direct your attention here: The Beekeeper's Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits. The idea is to knit hexagonal-shaped plushie motifs ("hexipuffs"), stitch them together and form a quilt. I think it's swell. In order to avoid being such an impulse buyer, I let the idea of this project sit on the shelf for a few months, and when I came back to it I was still just as enamored and had to buy the pattern.
An interesting component of the hexipuff quilt is the suggestion to use your scrap sock yarn. I've never actually knitted any socks before nor have I saved up any sock yarn. So, clearly this does not apply to me and therefore won't be saving nearly as much money as I theoretically could have been if I were a sock-knitter.
But I, being the silly person that I am, immediately ran out to buy armfuls of yarn with a sick, sick grin on my face....
I'm even tracking hexipuffs that I make with an Excel spreadsheet. I'm also watching Khan Academy videos while I knit. Kind of amazing.
My fiancé has even been helping me knit a few rows occasionally, which I love.
I also bought 4 sets of size 3 needles so that other people can hexipuff with me (did you catch that hexipuff is both a noun and a verb?).
Have I yet convinced you to start knitting these magical hexipuffs? Or at least to start knitting?
I sure hope so.