In late 2015, there was a crochet pattern going around for a peppermint afghan. The pattern was available for free from Red Heart. I loved it. I still love it. I went out and got yarn and decided to make it. It was going to be my take-along project for piano lessons, swimming lessons, etc. I started making it, but I didn’t enjoy making it. The pattern was okay, once I got the hang of it, but the big problem was my yarn. It was cheap “value” yarn and just didn’t feel nice to work with.
I have learned my lesson, and will not buy yarn again unless it passes the touch test. But I am far too thrifty to throw out all that yarn. I knew a simpler pattern would be done more quickly, and I would actually do it, so I went with diagonal stripes. I didn’t use a pattern, but if you google “diagonal stripe afghan”, you can find lots of instructions for it.
It looks just right in my little corner. Since I mostly sit on it, rather than cuddle under it, the texture is not as important. This is where I sit like a queen in the morning to watch my kids get their breakfast, make their lunches and get out the door for school. I also spend the time doing other hand projects.
So, in the end, it wasn’t too much of a loss. The peppermint afghan is still in the back of my mind, but I probably won’t bother. One red and white afghan is enough.