I've been wanting to try the technique of connecting granny squares or hexigons as you go for quite some time, so a huge batch of yarn that I purchased in the United States this summer certainly left me with no exucuses, except of course for lack of time! I shared with you a while back my test swatches, and from those swatches I chose to make a blanket using the African flower hex......so I started experimenting with connecting methods.
As you can see here, when one chooses to do the last row in different colors and connect as you go, there is a little bar of color at the join, which makes an already busy situation a little too busy for me. So my sample sat and sat while I was busy with Sukkot preparations and celebrations, and when the holidays were over I had a realization. The African flower pattern in just not working for me with the colors that I chose. Yikes, why did I choose those colors anyway, what was I thinking? Why not the pinks and oranges and apple greens that I love? Well dear readers, it's way too late for regrets, and with a suitcase full of yarn I just had to come up with a solution.
Ahhhhhh, then I saw a photo of a beautiful, simple hex blanket that I realized would work wonderfully with exactly the colors I had chosen that fateful day in JoAnnes......and so the African flower hex has been put aside for another project, and I've started a new blanket that is oh so lovely and a joy to work on.
More to come! And the lesson is, never, ever, spend time making something that you don't love! If it isn't a pleasure to see it coming to life in your hands, then stop and re-evaluate, our creative time is way to precious to take chances.