Last week I shared with you the start of my latest crochet afghan.I left you all hanging as to what happened next after I frogged (un-did) all my joins and edging rows to the 5 droplet sections I'd made.
It was at this stage of the afghan that I had to farewell my beautiful Sacha-cat.
I spent the next few days crocheting through my sadness at her loss, making fast progress on the project.
I redid the edge rows. Did I mention that I didn't have quite enough dark blue to edge the final 2 outside edges of my sections? In the end I had to use the new puple colour for that. See the photos further down.
I rejoined the 5 droplet sections using the zipper join I had thought looked so good when I first tried it but hadn't worked because of those extra stitches in the peaks of each corner.
Now I'm less convinced it was the right choice. Which join do you prefer?
With the main centre sections all one piece again I was able to start on the outside edging rows as per the original 'Drop in the Pond' pattern with 2 lots of the 7 row repeat the whole project consists of.
I started on the light blue rows for the side edging and got one row done when I realised I would need to pull out the new ball of light blue to do the second row. This is when I discovered that the new ball of yarn was a different light blue to the one I had used throughout the rest of the afghan. The original yarn was called laguana (cool name huh?) and the new one was aqua (whoops).
I continued on thinking it will look alright.
I got through the first set of 7 rows for the side edging.
I made it through about 5 or 6 of the next 7 rows of the side edging...
...when I realised something was wrong. Somewhere a half dozen rows or so ago I had added a shell into a valley that I should not have added, which meant I now had a gentle wave instead of that zig-zag effect.
I didn't even hesitate.
I frogged those rows and redid them, it was about half a days work. I didn't even stop for a photo, I was deep in crochet therapy and I had it all redone in no time.
I ran out of grey about 12 inches from the end of the final row of grey. I was rather indignant, I mean really? After everything you couldn't just stretch those last 20 shells or so? *Humph*
I hemmed and hawed and stopped and finally looked at my project. REALLY looked at it.
That is when it hit me.
My ever so careful droplets in a diagonal were not in a diagonal. I had put one in the wrong way around. How? How did I not notice until now? I had been so careful to make sure they were the right way around. Crochet therapy is good for the soul, but not so great for getting your project right.
But should I just leave it?
I'm not sure I can. I would need to undo the 2 long sides (13 rows each side) and maybe a 3rd to fix it. I'm still pondering. I've purchased 2 more balls (no longer on sale) of the grey so I can remove the blue if I want.
What would you do?
In part 3 you'll find out what I end up deciding to do.