8.25.2009

Not Quite Granny, Not Quite Square

hexagons

Definitely hexagons. Though I do find it a little bit granny and more than a little square that I chose to spend last Saturday learning how to crochet these little hexagons. I had the whole day to myself - George went fishing and my kids went camping with my parents. I could have done anything I wanted, all day long! Sick with a cold, the only thing I wanted to do was go back to bed. Instead, I popped season one of Sex in the City in the DVD player and sat down with my hook and suitcase of thread and started a new obsession.

It was fun to watch Carrie and friends again, but it was even more fun to see all the hexagons come together. I thought at first that I would just make a small doily of 7 hexagons, but then I started thinking bigger. When Avery came home, she said, "You could make a quilt!"

Perhaps I could make a quilt - and finish it by her 40th birthday. That would make a great gift! I'm thinking a little smaller, but not much. I have a tablecloth in mind. Yes, pretty ambitious. Funny thing is, these hexagons match nothing in my house (except maybe Avery's room). The pattern is much too bright and busy for me, but I am drawn to the loud, random chaos of the hexagons almost as much as I'm repulsed by them.

I've set myself a goal - which is also a limit - of six hexagons per day. I have no idea how long each one takes me. I tried to time myself, but was interrupted, and then thought better of knowing how much time I am spending on this project. That's not the point anyhow. The point is I'm enjoying myself, even if I have become a little obsessed with hexagons.

Here's the skinny, in case you want to make some too:

I followed this tutorial at Attic 24 for making the hexagons. The tutorial isn't written like a pattern, so I suggest reading through the tutorial and writing it down in pattern form. After the first few hexagons, you won't need a pattern at all.

Moonstitches has a great tutorial for linking the hexagons.

This pincushion fueled my passion to crochet hexagons. Too bad I started thinking about a tablecloth, because the pincushion would be much faster to make.

So far I've made 19 hexagons, which all together make a very large hexagon. Choosing the colors has become a little more difficult, as I don't want to repeat any color combinations just yet. We might have to hit a few thrift stores today to find more thread.

If I disappear from here for a few more days, you'll know where to find me. I'm the crazy lady sitting cross legged on the family room floor, happily hooking.

32 comments:

  1. That's about all I want to do these days, too... but I can't seem to find enough time. I know what you mean by being attracted to the colors and repulsed at the same time! I've been thinking lately about the blankets they made in the old days where color schemes didn't matter as much. It's growing on me :)

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  2. The hexagons are beautiful, even if a bit loud. I know just how you feel. My Grandmother recently asked me to finish a star afghan for her. The stars are so easy, and once I finished the few needed, I found myself starting a whole new one. I now limit myself to six starts a day.

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  3. The hexagons are beautiful, even if a bit loud. I know just how you feel. My Grandmother recently asked me to finish a star afghan for her. The stars are so easy, and once I finished the few needed, I found myself starting a whole new one. I now limit myself to six stars a day.

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  4. This is SO gorgeous! I love the colors. LOVE them.

    Whatever it ends up being, table cloth or blanket, it is gonna be perfect.

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  5. If I could only crochet! They are stunning.

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  6. I love those so much. And I adore the colors - not repulsed at all. :)

    One of these days, I need to learn to crochet more than an edging.

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  7. Sounds like a great Saturday to me! I must be a square granny, too! Good for you for teaching yourself...

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  8. A quiet day to yourself to watch anything you want, learn anything you want without the hustle and bustle of everyday living...heck ya! :) I would (as I'm sure you did) be missing the famille sooner rather than later though ?!

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  9. oooh. everything about this is grand. time to yourself. hexagons. dang. I've been feeling the pull more and more to learn to crochet some granny squares. But I need another project like I need a hole in the head.

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  10. my favorite word of this post:

    The point is I'm enjoying myself

    truly, that is all that matters.

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  11. I think I must have miss understood something... did you say the kids went CAMPING with YOUR parents?? Was that a typo?

    LOL - I crack myself up, but seriously I had to read it acouple times for it to really sink in that maybe they did go with your folks.

    P.S. I think I have a hand me down blanket from my great grandmother made from hexagons.

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  12. oh, I love it. Really. Wouldn't match anything in my house, but it mysteriously resembles the sweater I just finished, eh?

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  13. Ah, but it's just quite beautiful! I love the bright colors! Thanks for the eye candy.

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  14. Ready for a little Soap Box?
    Isn't it odd that the more technologically advanced we become, it's the less technologically demanding things we enjoy?
    I'm to a point that anyone who trivializes handwork is likely to draw my ire. If we allow the things that give us joy to be put down, will we one day think Oh, breathing - how quaint? No wonder the simple act of enjoying food is suspect (and possibly in the future--criminal).Whew! Somebody kick me off the Box. Enjoy your crocheting, the peace it brings and the creativity that blossoms as a result of direct productivity.

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  15. beautiful!!!!! great project! reminds me of what i am working on as a christmas gift!!!

    how are you going to connect yours? just curious? i was thinking of knitting to avoid the big seam if i crochet my squares....

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  16. Ooh, I just knew you'd do something interesting with that day to yourself!

    I like the bright busy-ness of the hexagons--it's what gives them their retro feel. They'd look coolest in a room where they wouldn't match anything anyhow. On a wooden table, with white plates...don't ya think?

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  17. Too, too funny!! The same thing happened to me over at Lucy's Attic 24! I had always wanted to learn to make a granny square, had never crocheted, and after following her tutorial, I couldn't stop myself! I think it's because I learned to knit first and crochet is so much faster! Could also be that if my boys pull the hook out it's quite different then pulling 4 DPNs out!!

    Your hexagons look marvelous...Happy hooking!
    ~Michelle

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  18. Oh, I so would love to learn how to do this.
    So beautiful.

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  19. Love the colors - and this many colors, actually goes with any decor - it's true.

    Love the line about being granny and square.

    Love that the kids went camping with the grandparents.

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  20. I'm sure you can stop any time you want...

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  21. I love the colors! I'll buy it from you! :)

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  22. I have to limit myself when crafting as well-only ten rows of knitting a night or I'm up all night long!

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  23. I once did a baby afghan of granny squares. It was fun, easy, and extremely portable. It also used a lot of small hanks of yarn that were too big to toss and too small to use in a less variegated project.
    I think your doily/tablecloth/whatever-is pretty! But I like bright colors mixed together in unusual combinations!

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  24. ...but still quite gorgeous. I love the colors. Every time I see something like this it makes me want to learn to crochet

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  25. oh my gosh! that is so beautiful.

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  26. Little gems all pieced together spells love. It's beautiful.

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  27. what? i adore the colors. so vibrant. i gave up on knitting last winter, i so lack hand-eye coordination, wondering if crocheting could be easier?

    will see.

    glad to see you had needed downtime. my favorite part of this post. "i'm limiting myself to....."

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  28. love the hexagons and the crochet, such a throw back to my grandmother who's hands were never idle. beautiful!

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  29. Get a pet for the house! Whenever I am obsessed by a pattern I usually grow tired of it by the time it's the perfect size for a cat or dog to sleep on! I had about 3 pet blankets when we moved and threw them all out since I didn't really want to pack them. Ooh! I better get started again!!!

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  30. They look like flowers. Beautiful and not loud at all, in my opinion!

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  31. Your granny is gorgeous! Have you seen this blog? I am guessing her current mystery CAL is like your hexagon granny but using a flower theme...just a guess! I think it might be another resource for you!
    http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/

    Kate/Massachusetts

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