No surprise here: I finished my African Flower Hexagons blanket. Once the joining was started the whole thing went together pretty quickly. After crocheting a final round on each motif with the navy blue, I used Single Crochet to join the hexagons into the final blanket shape.
This is the first time I've ever assembled a crocheted blanket from motifs that aren't square. I'm pretty sure I didn't do it the most efficient way - there were lots of ends to weave in - but I found it tough to keep track of motif order while assembling. Stupid head cold didn't help.
The individual motifs were made to use up all the scraps of Berroco Vintage DK in my stash. It's lovely yarn - a 50% wool and 40% acrylic blend that's super soft and has beautiful drape. And it comes in a wide range of colours - perfect for a multicolour project like this. Some Ravelers have remarked about pilling with this yarn. No sign of that here; it still looks good after the first wash and dry, although admittedly I hand-washed and laid flat to dry.
I had just enough scraps to make up 31 motifs which, after joining and adding borders, resulted in a finished blanket that's 34" wide and 42" deep. Not as big as I'd hoped, but not as small as I'd feared. My plan is to donate it to the Warm Hands Network. According to their guidelines they prefer blankets that are 35"x 35" or bigger, but I'm sure they'll happily accept this one.
There's an ulterior motive for getting this blanket done now. In just a few days I'm seeing my brother and sister-in-law at the cottage. Coincidentally they live just a few minutes from the shipping location for the Warm Hands Network. By handing the blanket over to them for delivery I'll save several dollars on shipping! Every little bit helps, right?
Happy Canada Day weekend to my Canadian friends! Happy Independence Day weekend to our American neighbours! Happy Friday everyone! Click through the link to Tami's Amis to see the parade of finished objects there. Lots to celebrate!