I gave myself a deadline of Thanksgiving to finish it. I felt that it was a pretty generous deadline, but I'm always nervous of deadlines when it comes to my crafting because I tend to crack under pressure and flake out. It turned out it was very generous. I told myself Friday morning that I'd probably have it finished by the end of the weekend. I finished it Friday night. Almost a month ahead of my deadline! Go me!
I began this afghan on our Florida vacation at the beginning of August. So it only took me 3 months. My other afghans have taken me 5 months each. This one is quite a bit smaller, but far more complicated, so I think it's still impressive.
This is my third afghan... well 4th if you count the baby-sized one that I made last Christmas, but it was so boring to make that I always forget that I even made it. It was shell stitch all the way... row after row after row. I think that's why my others have all been squares. They're not so monotonous. It's also one reason I'm still a little reluctant to try a ripple blanket, I'm afraid I'll get bored really quickly. That and I just can't get the image out of my head of the ugly, scratchy brown and orange chevron afghan my mom had when I was growing up. I've seen such gorgeous ripple patterns lately that I am very tempted to try.
Yes, I know my curtains are different lengths. I didn't pay attention when I bought them. Yes, I know I own a sewing machine and can fix that. I'm too lazy and apathetic.
I really loved making this afghan. It was definitely challenging, but not so much that it was frustrating. The pattern is from a big book of patterns, and two of the pages from this pattern eventually just fell out of the book from me flipping back and forth.
Even though it's finished now, I will probably still hang on to this until Thanksgiving before I give it to my boss.
I really want to make another one for myself, possibly in a different color scheme and probably bigger... at least another row of three to fit across the end of my bed. I saw a pink and green variation on Ravelry that caught my eye... not quite so stained glass-esque, but still very pretty. It will be a little while before I can, though. After my enormous list of Christmas crocheting, I have promised to make afghans for Olivia and Isabelle. My plate is full, but I absolutely love it.