Dreams Within Dreams & A Crochet Scrap Afghan

Not terribly original, but one of my New Year's Resolutions for the year is to eliminate my yarn stash.  After 25+ years of knitting, I have a few, ahem, "extras" taking up psychic room in my brain.  The stash isn't yet a SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy), but there are certainly enough plastic storage bins of wool in the barn to humble a shepherd . . .

Oh, but parting is such sweet, agonizing and vaguely creepy sorrow.  I have visions for these colors, visions for this particular Shetland wool, I have a PLAN for that silk aran tweed, and of course those six skeins of fuchsia are meant to be a part of THIS sweater pattern!  And on and on and on -- my knitting needles and crochet hooks were choking on the possibilities, some of which felt quite real.  Kind of like Inception, but with yarn.

As crochet is such a yarn hog, I'm stitching up a crochet scrap afghan inspired by this blanket here.  I am using the finer-gauge yarns in the stash on my knitting machine, so I've focused on the DK weight and heavier yarns for the center flowers.  I had 10 skeins of a gorgeous (but of course discontinued) Jaeger wool for the background, and then added two skeins of Cascade in Chocolate Brown to complete the 49 hexagons.

Here's a little preview: