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.
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.