This crochet thing, I just can't get enough of it these days. First there were squares. Then came the flowers, hearts, stripes and ripples. And now ta-dah let me present to you the Hexagons!
I know, I know, but what about the ripples I hear you ask? Weeeelllll......I am still faithfully working on the ripple blanket, two rows/one colour stripe every evening, more at weekends if I can manage. I have this lovely little routine going :: after my delightful Little People are safely tucked up in bed, I spend about half an hour doing jobs, you know, tidying up a bit, sorting the laundry, getting stuff ready for the next day. Then around 8.30 when all is still and peaceful, me and the ripple hang out together in my bedroom chair next to the window. I feel the breeze blowing in and ripple, ripple, listen to the neighbours children still playing in the street, ripple, ripple, notice the gradual fading of the light, ripple, ripple. It takes me roughly 45 minutes to ripple two rows/one stripe and I can just about manage to do it before the daylight fades away to dusk. I have taken to sleeping with the ripple on my bed so I can see it when I wake up, it has become a bedroom blanket for sure. It's too big now for discreet hooking out and about, it likes to stay on my bed and not be bundled into a bag anymore.
Sooooooo. I needed to start a new portable project that I could take out and about, crucially to my Knit and Natter mornings. I did wonder about more granny squares and drew up a plan for making a Babette blanket. But then I discovered the Hexagon Love on Flickr and was smitten. Absolutely bowled over by it. For a colour junkie like me, the possibilities of creating such a colourful piece of work is giving me the jitters, I am so excited about it. I love the idea of so many small shapes coming together to make one magnificent whole, the joy of using colour in this way almost like mosaic. Of course I am using my trademark zingy brights, I already had about 14 or 15 colours of Rowan dk cotton sat waiting in the box, just begging to be hooked into hexagons. But what finally gave the hexagon blanket the edge over the Babette was when I found out there was a method to join hexagons as you crochet them, meaning no tedious piecing together for 200+ shapes at the end. Oh joy!
The spread of hexagon love through Flickrville and Blogland has been largely due to Alex of Moonstitches. Her hexagon blanket on flickr is awesome, take a look here. And her generosity in sharing the precious joining method, oh my goodness, words fail me. I know I've said it before, but honestly this creative blogging community gets me soo excited, it's amazing in the way it allows us to share ideas and information don't you think? I am so very, very glad to be a part of it.
I tell you I could not wait to get started on this project. I studied all the images in the hexagon flickr pool, searched through endless patterns on the internet but could not find one as nice as the one that Alex used. So I sat up in bed one night till the early hours with my baby laptop, my yarn and hook, scrutinising Alex's pictures and trying to work out the pattern for myself. I made a few mistakes, had to tweak the sticthes a bit to suit my yarn, practice the joining method a bit, but I eventually sussed it out. And forgive me for sounding smug here, but I was really damn pleased with myself!!
I love the fact that before the hexagon shape is formed in the final joining-together round, you start out making these gorgeous flowery circles in three quick rounds. I've decided to keep all the centres yellow like daisies, then randomly select the other colours as I go :: it's so satisfying seeing this little colourful yarn-garden begin to grow and bloom. Like yesterday morning when I was Knitting and Nattering and drinking cappuccino in the cafe (yes, it's a hard kind of life I lead) I manged to turn five little pre-hooked yellow wheels into blooming flowers. Its going to be one heck of a blanket when it's done. Blooming marvelous I tell you.