You have these project, I know you do.
The ones that don’t ever get finished and when you come across them make you think, What Was I THINKING???
This ill-begotten afghan is at least 10 years old. It’s crochet. I think I have the book it came out of on my shelf somewhere should I ever want to refresh my memory on the pattern. I think it involved a lo tof treble crochets.
The yarn is 98% acryclic, 2% poly. The texture of the yarn and the bobbles actually feel pretty nice, but oh dear lord, what was I thinking?
Right now it measures 18 by 86. I think the idea was to make it big enough to cover my 6’4″ husband. Smother him is more like it. Even with just this much done, the darn thing is quite heavy. I’d hate for him to be suffocated by it.
I remember having to go back and purchase additional yarn once I realized how much it would take to actually make it this size. I think there are as many as 4 skeins already used and there are ELEVEN more skeins in the tub.
I can’t decide if I should shove this back in the tub and back under the shelf (out of side, out of mind…) or if I need to figure out what to do with it. Any suggestions?
Any suggestions that don’t include finishing it?
Thrift shop? Someone in a VERY cold area might love to finish it.
Mary Ann says
could you make it a bag with a really long flap? a blanket for one of the boys’ stuffed snakes? one of those things you stuff and put at the bottom of the door to keep air from coming in?
Vicki W says
Goodwill. Not that it isn’t pretty but I can tell that you really aren’t happy with it.
Submit the picture to the what not to crochet blog?! 😀 Let the boys unravel it and try try try again?? Dog bed?
Tanya Brown says
Oh, yes. Don’t we all have renegade projects that make us slap the sides of our heads? (A good topic for a meme, IMHO.)
I can understand your not wanting to finish it – it looks quite laborious. However, it’s also a very pretty piece. I guess the fundamental question is what one can do with a very large, heavyweight rectangle.
If it wasn’t quite so heavy, I’d suggest using it as a garment. It’s about the right size to make an avant-garde shawl or scarf, or perhaps be folded and sewn in thirds or fourths to make a bag of some type.
I wonder how it would work as a table runner or mantle decoration? Or a curtain valance? Or how about hanging it from its narrow end on a small section of wall that needs some color and texture? Or how about making it the prize in an online contest? Or donate it to a school rummage school? Or get some carpet liner (the stuff you throw under rugs to keep them from slipping) and use it as a rug in a hallway.
Coincidentally, I was just at the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores, looking for a pot I could do some dyeing in. There were many crocheted afghans hanging on the racks waiting for someone to love them. You’ve probably about reached your limit of patience with this piece, but it’s really of far, far higher quality than the things I saw at the thrift stores. Regardless of what you end up doing with it, I enjoyed seeing it.
I was thinking maybe a shawl…
Diana Wilson says
Hmmm, that looks vaguely familiar. Yes, I too started a “popcorn” afghan many years ago. You are right, it is very heavy and mine didn’t get too big either. I know I never finished but I believe it is gone. The only suggestion would be to find someone who WILL take it on. There is always ebay. Sell the whole thing together including pattern. Someone will buy it! Good luck!
Donate the yarn. That way you can get rid of it and not feel guilty. Hobbies are supposed to be fun, not painful! If it’s gone, you’ll never think about it again. Make the boy a new quilt with flannel on the back!
I was thinking shawl too – donate it. I’m sure it would keep someone warm.
Farmwife in PA says
I recently did a baby afghan similar to this, only it was a shell-stitch – I regretted changing colors every row – it was time-consuming. If you still like the yarn, you could unravel it and do different projects. Otherwise, donate it. It’s no fun working on a project you don’t like. Best wishes!
Lynn Douglass says
How about donating it to someone who’d want to finish it?