When I was on holiday in Turkey, I managed to find a yarn shop. My OH muttered something about me being able to find yarn in a jungle and wandered off to buy a drink. The shop was down a back street and I could smell the acrylic fibres from 20 paces (I think that is how I found it). It was a very cheap yarn shop. But I was not to be deterred, I knew there must be a hidden gem in amongst the static. There was indeed some very nice cotton yarn, in some lovely bold colours but these were the ones that caught my eye.
So you can see why I was inspired by the colours even, if I wouldn't normally go for this kind of yarn. I normally find self striping yarn limits the type of project you can make and to be honest I wouldn't be seen dead in the cardigan on the ball band.
Anyway to the hexes alluded to above - I'm a little bit obsessed with them at the moment. I think it is the fault of lots of bloggers out there who are inundating me with hexagons in all shapes and forms.
Firstly there was Bitter Purl's Half Hex Quilt in all it's linen loveliness. I also love Tintocktap's Hexagon blanket, and of course the colourful glory that is Attic24's Hexagons. I had these ideas and more floating around in my head without even realising until I bought this yarn.
This yarn made me think I could make nice granny type hexagons with different colours in, but without having to change the yarn! I played around with a couple of patterns until I settled on one for a Wheel Hexagon from The Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques by Jan Eaton.
This is the book that I learneed to crochet from. It is a great book full of clear directions and pictures. I has both written instructions and diagrams, so that you can learn both methods of pattern reading.
I chose the Wheel Hexagon because it has a nice open centre, but quite solid edges. This gives the colours a chance to shine and still keep the finished item light and airy. To add to the airy quality of this project, I went up a hook size or two from the one recommended to 4mm. The hexagons produced are soft and drape beautifully. This is what I have from two days hooking.
Until they are all done, I will enjoy the piles of drapey hexagons that make me think of lily pads.