Completing the purple hexagon afghan

Again, another installment of changing my goals so I can improve my completion rate!

I bought this massive amount of hand-dyed wool about 10 years ago I think. I started on an interminable afghan project about 9 years ago. After completing ONE actual afghan I discovered if something doesn’t have a certain level of challenge to it, it’s boring. And problem is, as you start working on something you get better at it, and… then the boredom sets in. I’m guessing that’s why I have one massive ball of wool and not much to show for it.

So I referred to the Afghan size guide. I would have nearly enough done for the smallest option, a preemie/pet blanket at 15″-24″.  I would like to make something for the cats. I think that the crochet might get little paws stuck in them so I’m going to make it a little larger and then see how felting works out.

So now, like my other afghan project I’ve bumped this from 10% done to 60% done. Ha ha!

Here’s the to-do list

  • 1 more hexagon to make a square.
  • 4 half hexagons to flatten out the sides.
  • 1 hexagon to hand felt see what % it felts.
  • Choose a decorative join.
  • Add a wide edging, wide enough to compensate for felting %.
  • Felt it!

Decorative edging and joins

I’d like to do something more decorative, since the hexagons are pretty boring. Maybe join so there are triangles? Here’s a cool idea to put little triangles in between the hexagons. But I’m not going to use a second colour for this. I’ll see if I can find some decorative triangle motifs.

I don’t know. But I will likely square off the sides. I like this with the wavy edge.

How to hand-felt your knits: A tutorial by Duo Fiberworks

This book looks pretty amazing, The Knitted Slipper Book. She has a whole load of technique videos. Here’s the one I’ll follow for hand felting this pet blanket. Love the shaving part!!

International crochet month

It’s apparently International Crochet month. Recently I picked up my hooks for the first time in a while and made these two things.

First of all a cover for a coffee can. I meant to make something more modern looking with the self-striping yarn. Then I realized how thin the King Cole DK is, and it was going to take me ages. This is very chunky unknown brown wool, literally finished in an afternoon.

I stuffed his muzzle so it would stick out.  The buttons are antique boot buttons.

Then I made a pin cushion. My fabric pin cushion is so hard to get pins into. I think maybe my pins are generally quite dull, but this actually suits a bit better.

Making great progress on the hexagon afghan

My goals for 2014 are to FINISH projects. Particularly ones which have been languishing for a while. And I’m reflecting on exactly why projects weren’t finished in the first place.

I love this join-as-you-go Hexagon pattern (project in Ravelry). I’m doing this in random balls of washable DK weight merino. Here’s a good tutorial on Hexagons with Attic24.

In this case I think the goal was a bit lofty. It was recently marked as 20% done at 28″ x 25″ approx so far. I was thinking I’d get a coverlet for a single bed (ha!). I started getting OCD and decided I wanted *every single hexagon to be unique*. That’s insane right? And off-putting of course. Let’s be realistic. I’m just not going to do that.

Today I marked it as 60% done, without picking up my hook once! I’m going to make a knee-rug. Here’s a good guide on Afghan sizes. A Lapghan I think is what we’d call a knee rug. 36″ x 48″. This makes the whole task more manageable and I can break it down.

  • 14 more hexagons to complete the smaller section.
  • 7 to join the two parts.
  • Even out the hexagon edges with 10 half-hexagons around the sides
  • Crochet a nice edging, using this tutorial by Dover & Madden.

Now I think I can start chipping away at this! I’ve already started on my final set of whole hexagons too 🙂 I match the colors and keep the balls in a bag otherwise it’s a hellish mess.

A hexagon afghan edging – tutorial by Dover and Madden.

I love how it has multiple colors poking through around the edges. I’ll see whatever wool I have the most of.