It has been a few weeks since I even looked at the Komb Hexagon Afghan. It was settling in on the bottom of the basket [under the Phyllo pullover] and waiting patiently. I had not even thought about it since January. I was working pretty steadily on my sister’s cardigan, and had a little affair with some sock yarn too (more on that later), but I wanted a little noticeable progress – so late night, I pulled out the blanket…
Hexagons? that’s your queue!
She is growing… the last photo is the newest hexagon of the bunch – #19. This is the beginning of the 4th row. As a reminder, I am using the lovely marled yarn, Jojoland Rhythm in two separate colorways: one for the edgings (the brown/blue combo-m01) and the one for the hexagons themselves (m20). The colorways are so varied – this particular one includes some deep pinks and purples, followed up with intense greens. Every once in awhile, there is some yellow and blue thrown in too.
As it gets larger – I am almost 1/3 of the way through – the hexagons seem to take longer to knit. Of course, they are the same size, but I think some of the time is spent wrangling the blanket around after picking up the stitches on the sides of the existing hexagons. I am surprised to say that it takes about 1 hour per hexagon at this point – where I think I was able to knit at least 2 in that time period earlier. Of course, this is a pure process knit, as I am in no real hurry to complete it (although I know Becca would love it by next autumn!) but it is an observation of the time invested. You know, in case you ever feel the desire to take it on
The blanket will require a serious amount of blocking in the end, but I am not sure that it will ever be the same size as the large sample in the booklet. It will serve my dear friend as a nice cozy lap blanket. If I finish all 60 hexagons and still have some yarn leftover, I could add some length or width to make it a little larger, but it is still to early to estimate my yarn usage at this point.
Marled yarns are a favorite of mine. The lovely blends of color in the Jojoland make me quite happy, just as the subtle variegated striping of Trekking. My newest socks have a great marled effect too… knit in GGH Marathon.
I finished the first sock this past weekend – I got a nice chunk of knitting time on our way to Cunningham Falls State Park, the site of our special “weekend walk”. We went for locally-made maple syrup and some great hiking – and we got both! (wanna see the pics?) and I also got several inches of sock #1. Sock 2 started straightaway. I love the colors here – they reminded me of strawberries and blueberries, hence the sock’s new moniker: Berry Socks.