Not Quite Granny, Not Quite Square
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.