Thursday, 7 January 2010

I Started Something I Couldn't Finish

When it comes to crafting, people fall into two very definite camps: those who will see a project through to the bitter end before starting a new one, and those with several half-finished projects on the go at the same time. I fall into the second camp. I like to have different things to pick up and work on as the mood takes me: maybe a piece of easy crochet to work on while watching tv, and then something requiring more focus if I feel like a challenge, rather than relaxing.

At the moment I am working on a Severus Snape doll (a challenge: rather excitingly at the stuffing stage), a spring cardigan for my daughter (relaxing: just started knitting the back) and this never-ending albatross around my neck: the hexagonal crochet quilt.

I started this quilt three years ago, after peering through a window on a canal barge and seeing a similar quilt draped over a comfy arm chair in the corner. It's made up of hexagonal crochet motifs. They are quick and easy to whip up - perfect for taking on a train journey - but I just didn't appreciate the amount of time and dedication needed to complete a project this size. This quilt is around half the size I originally wanted it to be - I envisaged a generous-sized throw to snuggle into on the sofa, but I am starting to downsize my expectations to something smaller.

I do solemnly swear that one day I will finish this quilt, and on that day, I will throw a tea party, and buy everyone scones.


  1. It's beautiful Nicky. Is it the fisnishing of that's the problem ie the assembly or are you just fed up with hexagons?

  2. It is a combination of getting fed up with making hexagons, and the time it takes me to sew them together, as I am not the speediest seamstress.