My Inner Child Wants Everything to Be Rainbow-Colored: Afghan Edition

Raise your hand if you remember me starting a scrap project to use up the yarn left over from the scrap blanket I made for my daughter when she was born.

Yes, I am a serial scrap blanket maker.  I pull out a pile of yarn (or fabric or cut up t-shirts… my desires to both thrift and make things feed each other), decide I am going to use it all up on a scrap project, choose a project, start said project, run out of something and go buy more materials, finish said project, and then — and only then — realize that I have more materials left than when I started.  Doh!

First there was Squeaky, the quilterly knitted blanket I made for my daughter (ostensibly to use up random balls of Wool-Ease) while I waited for her to spring, fully formed, from my womb.  Which, she pretty much did if you’ve ever heard THAT story.  Oh and I ended up buying a lot of yarn to make the colors in the blanket work.  Wool-Ease has a weird palette.

About six exhausting months later, I lit upon the idea to crochet an afghan to use up Squeaky’s leftovers.  I had spied a pattern that was basically a giant granny square, but looked like an Around the World quilt.  I’m not much of a hooker, but I can handle a granny square.  So I lined up my leftover Wool-Ease and soon realized I had a rainbow palette.  Well, almost.  I just had to buy a bit more yarn.  [Cue scary music.]

Four and a half years later, the rainbow afghan of my dreams and nightmares is finished.

Photo of a crocheted afghan in rainbow stripes


What else do I have to say about this project?  I didn’t work on it constantly.  In fact, years passed sometimes between putting hook to wool.  It was really fun at first because crochet is FAST.

Also, I am never actually sad to buy more yarn, which this project amusingly and repeatedly required to be completed to my spec of 4 repeats.  It has 13 different colors, 12 Wool-Ease, 1 Plymouth Encore (light blue) because Lion discontinued the delft colorway.  (Why do companies get rid of good, basic, timeless colors like baby blue?  It’s Lion’s loss ultimately because now I have seen the Plymouth Yarns website and know what an amazing palette their wool-acrylic blend Encore has.)

About 2/3 of the way through this project, the rows became very long, hours to finish just one, and it was a slog.  I just wanted to be done.  I could have stopped at any time, but stubborn ol’ me wanted to stick to The Plan.

So I did.  And now the rainbow afghan lives on my couch and gets fought over — when we’re not all four crammed together with it draped over us.

  5 comments for “My Inner Child Wants Everything to Be Rainbow-Colored: Afghan Edition

  1. Charlotte
    May 21, 2014 at 9:15 am

    The finished afghan is gorgeous! I covet it. But I don’t think I have your staying power, never mind that I don’t know how to crochet. I’m glad you saw it through and stuck to The Plan. And I’m impressed that you wove in all of those ends!

  2. May 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

    It was a lot of not-so-guilty TV time, finishing those last, long rows and weaving in the ends.

  3. Carol McLane
    May 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

    It’s a lovely afgan — next time, check out my hugh tub of yarn in my basement — all left-overs from projects. You are welcome to any or all.

  4. May 21, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Congratulations on finishing at last, Carol! It’s beautiful, and I’m very glad you’re all enjoying it.

  5. Allison
    May 21, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Love the blanket and love reading your stuff! Please keep it coming!

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