Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

Drops In The Frog Pond Crochet Afghan

It's finally finished! 

I'm calling this Afghan 'Drops In The Frog Pond' because it's based off the 'drop in the pond' pattern and I ended up frogging so much of it.

I'm calling this crochet afghan 'Drops In The Frog Pond'

I think I re-did enough of this crochet project I could have made it twice. 

There were quite a few things to figure out whilst making it. I ended up redoing all of the side sections again to get the 'drops' in the right order, which also allowed me to sort out the yarn colour issue

I had change the side rows to accommodate the yarn shortage

I decided that rather then use the bright aqua I would only do a single row of laguana (pale blue)on the side/end rows and do an extra row in the dove grey. It changes the feel of the pattern a little but I like it better then the aqua.

I also tried to figure out what to do about the change in ripple size on the long sides but I had no luck with that. 

'drops in the frog pond' large crochet rug

The only flat surface big enough to display this afghan on is our bed. Using our bed to lay it out for photos presents it's own  problems, like lighting, camera angles and getting the whole afghan in the shot.

Drops in the Frog Pond crochet afghan. All the 'drops' are in a row just as if a frog and leaped and left a trail of droplets.

Hopefully these shots will suffice to give you a feel for the final outcome.

'Drops in the frog pond' large crochet rug the sections are joined with a zipper join

What I've learnt from this project

  1. plan your project, then buy your yarn. 
  2. buy extra yarn when you're deviating from a pattern
  3. expect to have to fix things when deviating from a pattern
  4. when making a project during an emotional time it's really good therapy, but you're likely to make mistakes
  5. writing down everything will ensure you can make the pattern again (I already knew that but it's still true and I actually wrote it down this time!

'Drops in the frog pond' large crochet rug

Yarn Usage:

The original pattern example was made with:

Color A: 2 skeins
Color B: 1 skein
Color C: 1 skein

What I  actually used: 

Color A: 2 skeins Meriner (dark blue) & 4 skeins of Grape (purple)
Color B: 5 skeins Dove (grey)
Color C: 2 skeins Laguana (pale blue)

12 ply yarn | 3.5mm /size 9 crochet hook

weighing remaining yarn to determine yarn usage

What I would purchase to make this afghan again:

Color A: 5 skeins Meriner (dark blue) & 4 skeins of Grape (purple)
Color B: 3 skeins Dove (grey)
Color C: 3 skeins Laguana (pale blue)

'Drops in the frog pond' large crochet rug

I'm looking forward to rugging up in this afghan next winter.

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