I shall give you more details about my craft festival experience in another blog post, but what I wanted to tell you about was that while there, I bought several balls of yarn by West Yorkshire Spinners. They have produced a really rather gorgeous DK yarn range called Illustrious which is spun using a mix of British Alpaca and Falkland (Islands) wool. Another company to produce a similar product is Blacker yarns, but I haven't yet sampled their product.
I'd wanted to try hexagons for a while, but there are so many variations out there, I thought I'd have a go at designing my own. Nothing is really 'new' in design, so I wouldn't be surprised if someone came along and said, "that's my design", but here is my version of hexagons. Of course, if they said, "that's my design", I would probably be a little suspicious for exactly the reason mentioned above, nothing IS new in design. So much of what I see on Ravelry, Pinterest and even designers sites can hardly be called revolutionary or new. They all use the same fundamental stitches (knit and purl for knitting, chains/doubles/trebles etc for crochet). They also all come from a wider cultural background which drawers influence from previous generations. You can, of course, create you own combinations of stitches and shapes which may be 'new', but with all the thousands of patterns available, there is the inevitable convergence of ideas. In my opinion, the only true innovations come with new technology and materials. All that being said, some of the best ideas, are the tried and tested ones :-)