Views

The view of my dining room floor this morning, my hexagon blanket where I left it last night.

The view from the dining room window at about 11am at the start of a sudden torrential downpour.

The view from the edge of the bed where I sat with Andy to watch the rain and listen to the thunderstorm. I did some crochet on the nearest thing available while we sat there, which was Andy’s Rialto blanket.

The view of Andy’s Rialto blanket, which is looking lovely. I love the stripes and the colours, and I LOVE working with the Rialto yarn. Mmmmmm.

The view from the bedroom window … yep still raining. Bunnies have retreated to their bedrooms. The countdown begins to how long it will take the rain to make it through the roof to the kitchen floor. (It never did! I think it’s only diagonal or sideways rain that goes through the kitchen roof.)

Bedroom window again. It’s much cooler now; we really needed the storm to ease the air.

The view of something someone I have known since I was 4 but haven’t been in contact with since 2005 will be receiving in the post next week. Hopefully. Assuming her parents still live in the same house. I am nervous. 6 years is a long time.


The view of the most beautifully coloured piece of crochet I have EVER done. Was hoping to do a ta-dah post tomorrow but I was 13 stitches away from completing it and it all went wrong. This is because I was five stitches away from completing it on the other side. NIGHTMARE. So instead of a finished object, I now have to pull back six rounds and re-work them with new yarn as the yarn that is on there is too short – this is because I missed an increase on round 12. Very Annoyed.

And speaking of annoying …

The view from my chair a few hours ago. This blanket … oh this blanket makes me want to scream. Hexagons make me want to scream. GCSE maths did NOT prepare me for this. The sheer amount of confusion that is added when you have a shape with two more sides than a square … oh my. Half hexagons are fine and are very easy to make and attach. Do you know what is NOT fine and easy to make? Modified one third hexagons to fill the gaps along the edges. I have been trying all day to make these and it’s taken me ALL DAY to realise that this Cannot Be Done. Impossible.

This is frustrating because I do not feel that the lesson learned (the lesson that it is impossible to fill these gaps) is equal or worth the amount of time that it has taken to learn this.

Someday I will love this blanket I am sure, and I DO love the colours in it, but man it’s hard work and I can’t wait for it to be done. Then I’ll put it away under the bed in a sealed bag until all the bad feeling towards it has gone away and I can enjoy it. Don’t even get me started on all the ends.

So yeah, how’s your day been? Rainy? x

24 thoughts on “Views

  1. All of your colorful crocheting makes me smile! I’ve never crocheted an hexagon…at least you are trying them…so you are pretty brave. Our skies look like yours…gray clouds everywhere…just hasn’t started to rain yet but it’s coming here. I laughed about your “bunnies bedrooms”! It’s time to start crocheting on my latest throw, “Jingle Bells”. It’s red, white and lime green. I’m making it for Christmas.

  2. Oh what immense rain you have had, we have had cooler, grey skies in the South East but no rain thankfully. It didn’t stop pouring on thursday though! I love love your hexy banket but completely understand all your frustrations and feeling FED-UP with it. Good to put things away when the love starts to leak away. Another day andthe love will seep back :0)
    Loving the colours of the rialto blanket…is that Debbie Bliss rialto you are using? One of my fav yarns too.
    Hope the you have a sunny-shiny sunday xox

  3. penelope10 says:

    You know, I love the zigzag edge of the hexes! No need to fill ’em up.
    I love the stripes, have one started and I have been working out of the back loops.
    Interesting pix of the one for your friend!

  4. Well done for trying to fill the gaps. I would have gone the lazy (easy) route and not even bothered with the gaps! My little hexagon rug is going to stay hexagonal. Coincidentally we have given them the same name “Happy Hexagons”. I don’t know if we just think the same or if I did it subconsciously after hearing of the name of your blanket!
    xXx Helen

  5. Well I’m rubish at maths, even tho in all my years of employment, maths has been the most used! I would be almost tearing my hair out attempting to finish your hexi off. It would have been thrown across the room probably, with a naughty word following it. It is gorgeous tho and I do like Andy’s blanket too. Am thinking I may do one like this or a ripple, can’t decide.
    x Sandi

  6. Victoria says:

    I am guessing the filling in of the part hexagons is why the hexagon blankets you see in books are left with wibbly edges. Why did you want to square off the blanket? would you have liked it better then?
    Our roof is raining in too – it wrecked a box of Xmas decorations and left a new damp stain on the landing ceiling before we realised. Owning your own house can be a lot of bother!!

  7. Nanita says:

    I absolutely love your Rialto blanket! Looking forward to your Ta-Dah post of the colourful piece. I have never tackled a hexagon blanket for the same reason you’re struggling with it, it looks great though :-) Greets from an equally rainy Belgium! xxxx

  8. Siobhan says:

    I was hoping I was going to see the answer to your hexagon maths problem in your comments (it would be useful for all of us mathematically challenged!) Fingers crossed that it appears. It is true most hexie blankets have wibbled edges and that is what is expected, but it’s nice to have choices isn’t it? I am coming to realise that maths figures just too much in the things I love to do. Eg. 20 colours, all used singly and approximately 300 squares to be made. I haven’t got a clue how to mathematically work out how to present them nicely, so it will be done by eye alone. I did try though. I tell myself crochet is an art form not a mathematical code to be broken!

    If you really wanted to fill in the hexie gaps, could it perhaps be done freestyle? I’m sure I saw a bag somewhere that needed to get the edges squared up. It looked good, however it may not be the kind of look you want and it does seem as though it might be tricky. Got this from yahoo answers: “You just need to make half the hexagon. Rather than going all the way around, you just go halfway, and then back. It’s all on the chart. It should not be difficult at all” (ha!) One thing though, I don’t think you need to make a third of a hexagon but half? I think the other bit juts out at the end but when they all line up together you get a straight edge. I think. There are actual patterns for half hexagons but I don’t know what your original is. Perhaps there is already an appropriate one out there? Hopefully someone will have a definitive answer for you soon. Anyway if not have a google and see what comes up. Fingers crossed!

  9. I leave the zig zags on my hexagons! Add a few rows of chevron stripes, and it looks like it was all part of the design plan :)

    The half hexies, on the other hand ARE a must to fill in if you’re going to add a border.

  10. Lovely views. Even the rainy ones. I like the rain if I am indoors and yes it def has cooled off a bit. I have even turned the heating on for a bit. I don’t think I will bother with straight edges if I ever get round to doing a hexagon blanket – Unless there is a pattern for it. I could not be bothered with all the figuring out. Good on you for trying. x

  11. Everything is just wonderful but the ‘colourful’ piece is breathtaking…honestly…please be sure you tell us the brand and the colours…I would certainly love those…especially that magenta and it’s accompanying colour…augh…just so good!

  12. The blanket is absolutely beautiful – you will deeply love it one day soon when the horror of the zig-zaggy edges has faded.
    Where did you get the half-hex pattern from? I have just started making a hexagon blanket that I am deeply in love with already and don’t know what to do with my gappy edges!
    Thanks
    Emily x
    PS – I am sitting under a big, grey rain cloud too if it’s any consolation!
    unravelledblog.co.uk

  13. The blanket is absolutely beautiful – you will deeply love it one day soon when the horror of the zig-zaggy edges has faded.
    Where did you get the half-hex pattern from? I have just started making a hexagon blanket that I am deeply in love with already and don\’t know what to do with my gappy edges!
    Thanks
    Emily x
    PS – I am sitting under a big, grey rain cloud too if it\’s any consolation!
    unravelledblog.co.uk

  14. Oh Heather! Hexagons are so confusing, I had a similar problem when I made an african flower cushion without realising that they wouldn’t make a square (sounds so dumb but I just didn’t think!)
    I ended up freestyling it but it wouldn’t work for a blanket as my edges were uneven but sewn onto the back of the cushion so it didn’t matter. It is looking amazing though! WHen I make a hex blanket in the far off future, I am going to edge the zig-zags, I’ve seen it in a book and it looks cool and seems a little less frustrating! Good luck with it, and you will love it when you have woven in those last ends!
    THat was some intense rain huh?!
    XXX

  15. Sarah Jones says:

    Hi there Heather, have you ever done crochet bunting ?? i’m having a go at granny crochet bunting at the moment and having a bit of bother with the shape. When blocking what do you spray the crochet with ??.

    many thanx,

    Sarah.xx

  16. Jillian says:

    You’re on your own with working out those hexagons I’m afraid…am a mathematical inadequate! I do love that you are filling in the bits with the red though, and actually I think that will hide any (minor) imperfections when you are finished. Speaking as an unbiased observer, I think it looks fantastic. So hard sometimes when you have worked on something for ages to really SEE it (if you know what I mean!)

    It rained here all day yesterday too :( Did some crochet bunting though – yay!

    x

  17. How was your parcel received? Yes 6 yes is a long time but not as long as 7, 8, 9……. Whatever the thing was that meant you lost contact will have lessened now so lets hope you are reunited. x

  18. Lovely views. What yarn did you use for your most beautifully colour piece of crochet you have ever done? I really love it and have been looking for some lovely rainbow colours to do something similar. Particularly a nice, bright yellow – I’ve found it so hard to find one! It would be fab to know what you used!

  19. Lovely views. What yarn did you use for your most beautifully colour piece of crochet you have ever done? I really love it and have been looking for some lovely rainbow colours to do something similar. Particularly a nice, bright yellow – I\’ve found it so hard to find one! It would be fab to know what you used!

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