Seven months ago, on February 29th, I started a project. That project turned out to be a massive undertaking .
It wasn’t a difficult pattern, in fact it was a pretty awesome one. Rather than traditional granny squares, these were hexes and the greatest thing about them was that the final round attached the hexes to each other rather than having to sew each one together. It was great.
The downside of the project was that as I was attaching the hexes, the blanket grew and grew, as blankets should, but it became unwieldy to work on…I needed an area to spread out on the floor so I could see what hexes should go where (I was attempting to not put the same color hexes next to each other). This meant that I could no longer work on it in my car while waiting at the school…or easily take it to the library for knit group…and, I often had trouble finding a child/pet free zone at home in which to work on it…this meant I didn’t have much time to devote to it. Plus, when it got down to June, July and August, it was just TOO HOT to sit bundled up under a pile of blanket…especially when I had all those ends that needed to be woven in and trimmed off.
I ended up putting it aside for those 3 hot summer months, save a few times when I knew I could work on a few hexes. Now, that wouldn’t have been bad, except I wasn’t just making this project for myself. I was asked to make this for the daughter of one of my fellow January Jubilees moms. I didn’t have a deadline and I actually feel really terrible that it took so long for me to complete it.
It was exactly 7 months to the day I started when I did the last stitch of the border and wove in those last few danging ends. I am proud of myself for finally finishing it. Here’s a slideshow of the finished blanket that I just put in the mail today!
I really hope that the recipient loves it! I gave it a wash and a dry and it fluffed up and is so soft! I think when I finish some more projects that are currently on the hook, I might try to make some smaller baby blanket versions to sell in my shop.
Now, I’m working on 3 projects that all have a Christmas deadline! I’m kinda stressing about getting those done. They are also granny square blankets, but thankfully for 2 of the blankets are using the same pattern. The squares are bigger than the hexes and I’ve done the pattern once before (Butterfly of Hope Afghan – rav link), so it’s not that difficult. I just need to make 48 squares for the one (I’m almost halfway done with this one) and 24 for the other. The 3rd one is a log cabin throw and is a little more intensive than the others. Lots of color changing and I have to pay attention cause each section is different…Fingers crossed that I can get all 3 done before Christmas!