Yes, you read the title right! I have always wanted to learn how to crochet a ripple afghan, you know, the ones that EVERYONE has on the back of their sofas? In the 70's they were orange, brown and yellow, as seen on "The 70's Show" BUT I didn't want mine in those colors!! I wanted one that would remind me of Spring. One that would reflect bring colors that we see as the first flowers are making their way through the cold earth ..... daffodils, hyacinths, and primrose.
I started this afghan exactly on January 27, 2012 ..... yep, I know that was the exact date as I record all my knitting and crochet projects on Ravelry. If you have never heard of Ravelry check it out! So many patterns, inspiration and great people. You can see it here.
Now, the reason why it took so long wasn't because the pattern was difficult. It was the exact OPPOSITE! The pattern is so easy to mindlessly work with, that I was bored very quickly. If I am bored, wellllll then I never feel like picking it up because it's too boring ..... hence the title "Afghan from Hell".
So I plucked away at it and plucked away at it and come the new year, I was determined to finish it. You see I have a rule. I will not allow myself to start another knitting/crochet project until the one I am working on is finished. I get too easily sidetracked and excited for new projects when browsing websites and patterns. If I didn't follow this rule, I would have hundreds of unfinished projects floating around all over the house!
So the morning of January 28, 2013 ..... exactly one year and one day, I sewed in the last of the ends, laid out the afghan and admired the bright colors which do remind me of spring. I am extremely pleased with it and look forward to cool-ish spring mornings when I can sit on the porch and wrap it around me while sipping my cup of coffee.
Now that it's finished ..... I have been drooling over which project to start next. Would I make this pattern again? Definitely. The color possibilities are endless but I would make sure next time that I finished it before a year was up!
Happy knitting/crocheting, have a wonderful day and remember to give your loved ones a hug!