There are 384 hexagons in total, and I'm feeling rather relieved to be done.
Things I've learned from this blanket:
1) Buy more than enough wool up front. By the time I'd finished one of the colours had been discontinued, let alone matching the dye lot... Thankfully I got lucky.
2) It's okay to get bored and take a break from a project as long as you don't let guilt weigh you down. If you feel guilty, you'll start to resent it, and be less likely to finish it in the long run.
3) Breaks are good and healthy but so are awesome Stitch and Bitch groups who spur you on to the finish.
4) Making things for myself, with no specific deadline, takes me forever. I'm at peace with this now.
However, no sooner did I finish this blanket than I cast on for the next one - this time a much smaller affair for the sofa knitted from a kit:
I'm hoping that row after row of simple garter stitch will cement my switch to continental knitting, and perhaps help me to develop some speed along the way...
Also currently on the needles are yet more Christmas baubles. After finishing the ones from my free drops pattern I went ahead and bought myself the Arne & Carlos book, although I'm not anticipating doing all 55! I also found a nice little book of dog patterns and am hoping to do a black version of the Westie on the cover to represent my little dog as well, so there's a lot more in my queue to keep my busy until the new year, and if my track record with blankets is anything to go by, next new year as well.