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