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Snippet Sunday - Hexagon Afghan

art: palmier
Finished! Um, except for weaving in all the loose ends* (boy, are there a lot of them!) and blocking it, which you'll see the need for in the photos below, but still FINISHED!

"Before" pictures in last week's snippet entry, for those who want to compare.



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Just before Sprout's birth, I came across this pattern to make a hexagon blanket** and fell in love with the vibrant colors and the spin on granny squares. I had just finished a blanket for my niece's baby, who was due a couple of weeks after Sprout, and had a bit of snuggly ivory yarn on hand. Unable to resist until I could buy a variety of colors, I began crocheting hexagons. You can see those first two white ones joined together in the middle of the blanket.

J likes to call this my "design mistake;" I call it a choice and accept it as a sign of impatience. After I picked out my color palette, I thought about undoing those two and recycling the yarn into other hexagons. I never did. Through the years, especially as the blanket began to take form and the two solid white hexagons stared at me from a sea of riotous color, I admit to having moments of regret. During this last stint of crocheting, though, I made peace with my choice and am now glad to have left well enough alone. It is a blanket begun in eagerness and finished through perseverance, a project that followed me through the carrying of two babies and three moves, one of them overseas.*** There's no moral there, just an observation.

With many blanket projects, you never know where you began, but with this one I do and always will, thanks to my impatience eagerness. Every story needs a beginning.

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* Personally, I believe this would be a great project for J. What do you think?
** I used this pattern and this one to double check my ideas about how to crochet a half-hexagon, and this lovely tutorial for my border.
*** I didn't take the blanket to Albania since we were only staying two months.

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queenoftheskies
Feb. 2nd, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful and I love your starting point story. :)
mnfaure
Feb. 2nd, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm so happy that it is finished. I love finishing things. :P
xjenavivex
Feb. 2nd, 2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
I love that. It is like a calming anchor in the middle of life.
mnfaure
Feb. 2nd, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Funny, I think of it as an anchor, too!
frigg
Feb. 2nd, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, so that was what J was teasing you about. ;)

If it were me, I'd probably sew a single line of colour into one of the white "squares", but the blanket is still absolutely gorgeous as it is!
mnfaure
Feb. 2nd, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he likes to rib me about it.

I thought about sewing on a bit of color but decided nah. :P
mindseas
Feb. 2nd, 2014 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think it's fantastic. You've done a lot of work in a week. And I wouldn't change those two starting hexagons!
mnfaure
Feb. 2nd, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
I did; I put in several hours a day on it. I was going to say the border took a long time, and then I remembered that I had to do all those half-hexagons, too. :P
asakiyume
Feb. 3rd, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
I *love* the border; it's great! The whole thing looks so beautiful.

There's no moral there, just an observation.--what a great statement ♥
mnfaure
Feb. 3rd, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'm really happy I added it, especially when I look at the before picture. I was planning on a border in any case but was afraid I couldn't do such a wide one. I'm glad I had enough yarn.

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