sea anemone" I discovered that they are not, after all, flowers like the regular anemones. They are strange, underwater creatures. They are really kind of bizarre, but also beautiful, so I am keeping the name.
The reason for the epicness is the pattern. It is very slow, very tedious. Lots of switching colors, and you can see from the photo that I haven't woven in any ends yet. It also takes a bit of time selecting colors for each patch so that I don't have the same color combination (each hexagon will be unique--Jordan helped me with the math) and also so that the same colors aren't touching, or even too close. I predict that it will take me several months to complete, most likely more months than I have time for. So, it is going into hibernation for a bit. I have chosen a different afghan pattern for my friend (using most of the same colors), but I will actually be able to complete it before we part ways (and, you know, before she graduates college!)
Here is the Ravelry page for this afghan, and here is a link to a helpful tutorial on joining the hexagons as you go.