Since its inception on November 15, 2011, I knew this crocheted hexagon blanket was going to be breath-taking. With over 17 different colors combinations in a wonderful yarn, how could it not be? I knew this would be a one-of-a-kind crocheted afghan.
As I was recently reminded, I said in one of my posts that, and I quote, “I don’t crochet afghans”. But with two crocheted afghans under my belt (this hexy one and another hexagon baby blanket), I’m starting to be converted to the world of crocheted afghans.
Afghans are different than crocheting hats. In a way, they’re therapeutic. Especially afghans made from motifs. Completing a large project is more satisfying. Watching something grow piece-by-piece is exciting. It’s all about the thrill and there’s nothing like a crocheter’s high. Wait, or is it a runner’s high? Whatever – crocheting and running are the same as far as I’m concerned. (But don’t listen to me – clearly I’m no runner.)
Well, hexy is finished and I am so very proud of her. I mailed her off a few weeks ago to live at her new home. Thought saying goodbye was bittersweet, I’m overjoyed knowing she’ll be sharing her rainbow of joy with others for years to come.
I wish you all could see the beauty of this blanket in person, but these pictures will have to do.
I am 10 hexagons away from finishing Hexy. Yes, you read correctly ten. T-E-N. Ten. That means I’ve crocheted 149 hexagons – crazy! It seemed like a few months ago that we began this journey together, hexy and me. I guess it has been 5 months. It’s bittersweet as I start crocheting the eleventh and final row of Hexy. Now is not the time to get sentimental, though (that will be the next post.) For now, let’s focus on the progress.
Hooray for crocheting! Hooray for hexagons blankets!
Here’s hexy’s progress so far:
*Caution, it’s an overload of crocheted hexagons below*
After the 10 final hexagons are crocheted, I will be putting on a scalloped border to finish. I can’t wait until it all comes together. Only a few more weeks…
Let me know what you think about hexy’s close-to-completed state in the comments!
Every spring, my college holds a womens-only art exhibition titled “Project Eve”. Submissions range from photography and painted mirrors, to pottery and new this year… crocheted blankets! Though a few hexagons away from being completed, hexy is almost finished so I decided to submit her. She’s one of the prettiest things I’ve ever crocheted.
I was a little nervous about hexy’s first appearance in society, but I felt confident she was ready. She’s been such a good little crocheted blanket that she deserved her moment in the spotlight. Titled, “The Colors of Spring” (a last-minute decisions when I was told I needed to title my work), I couldn’t have been prouder of hexy’s performance. She was brilliant! The critics (read: my friends) agreed and gave it rave reviews:
“This blanket is stunning. The colors turn a traditional concept into a whimsical and fun piece that stood out as one of the highlights of the show!” – Hannah M.
“Jayna Grassel strikes again. This piece can only be described in one word. FREEDOM.” – Dave C.
“This afghan is perfectly titled as it contains every color that reminds me of the delights that come with springtime.” – Jane R.
“This blanket rocks. It’s probably the softest ever. Also the color palette is phenomenal. NBD.” – Laura B.
“I feel like this afghan represents a lot of different types of people. It appeals to both indie and girly tastes. I love it!” – Morgan O.
“This blanket holds a diverse array of colors. Most of it’s a lot of circular shapes.” – Phil V.
It was my first (and I guess my last) time participating in Project Eve, but as a soon-to-be-graduating-senior, I’m glad I did. Hexy’s coming out party this past week inspired me to finish this little girl. I’ll be putting the final touches of 29 more hexagons on her and then edging her colorful hexagons with a beautiful scalloped crocheted border.
To read about the beginning of this ongoing crocheted hexagon blanket project, check out hexy’s first post.