And you may have noticed that some of these circles have been crocheted into squares! I decided to go with brown because I'm really into brown afghans right now.
I think it's a great contrast to the bright circles, and I have quite a bit of brown yarn in my stash. I think I'll be running back to the yarn store for more, but that's fine. I needed some dark green for my green circles anyway.
And. I didn't realize that there are some circles that are more of a teal with aqua! The shopping list for this pattern was so long that I completely missed both the word "teal" and the word "aqua"! I promise I would have paid closer attention if I was buying yarn, but I was using up scraps and I'd already decided to swap out lilac with purple for light yellow with mustard. The teal/aqua combo look so similar to the light blue/darker blue circles in the picture! I'm debating with myself about buying more yarn, making double the number of blue circles, or just making an extra circle of each color.
I'm also thinking a lot about why in the world I decided I needed to use an H hook for an afghan when the pattern calls for an I hook. Even if my stitches got a bit stretchy, this would still be a heavy and warm blanket. If I had to guess, it's because I couldn't find my I hook when I began working on this. I lose my I hook more than I used to lose my H hook. I guess I'll need to go out and buy two spare I hooks so that the original will turn up--that's what mostly solved my Missing H Hook Problem. Anyway, the last two rows feel a bit cramped but the gauge is mostly okay. The squares are nearly the recommended 7" across (my gauge tends to run a bit large) and I'm sure they'll stretch a bit after seaming and washing.
I don't know who this blanket is for, and I'm working on it because I need to finish up some WIPs. The number of projects I have lying around is starting to make me feel a little antsy, and the only way to feel better is clear some of them out. It feels a little odd to jump on this project instead of any of the baby projects I should be working on, but I love these colors so much! And I think this afghan may go in the state fair this fall. My knitting group decided that we would dominate the yarnwork categories of our state fair this year. And yes, the word "dominate" was used repeatedly.
I've been 'assigned' the crochet categories. I'm actually pretty excited about it. I always mean to submit something to the state fair, and then I don't. Something about my friends declaring that we're going to win everything (we're not. But it's nice to have goals) is a good motivator. Besides, I've done this before. I was 17 and it was the youth division, but I still won a ribbon! I entered a lap afghan of my own design using--what else?--granny squares. Thinking about the state fair is even more motivating than this former 4Her would like to admit. I know there's a tendency in craft blogging to be all 'oh, little ol' me?' or to at least act like a rational and gracious adult but seriously, if I don't win a rosette....well, I don't know what I'll do but I know I won't handle it well. I want to dominate.
I really don't think I'll finish this up this weekend (the wild thought did jump through my head earlier in the week when I was fantasizing about the weekend), but I hope to crochet at least half of the squares I need for this. This is going to be a beautiful afghan!