Yesterday, I promised a crochet post. Predictably, it’s about the rainbow stained glass window afghan.
It’s going to be a few weeks until it’s finished I think, given that it’ll end up more than two metres across – that’s a lot of stitches. Someone on Ravelry posted that they’d finished the same design in more conventional colours within “about two weeks”. Even allowing for this meaning “almost three weeks”, and even supposing they spent that fortnight-and-a-bit omitting eating/sleeping/breathing in favour of their crochet hook, that’s pretty speedy. This thing is consuming my life. Give me a little more time, yeah?
It’s going well. I’ve done dark red, light red, dark orange, light orange, yellow, light green, and started dark green – with all the black in between, obviously. Just three more colours to go after the dark green.
But of course, as it grows, its swelling circumference adds hundreds of stitches to the round total. I’m a third of the way through (give or take) and each round already uses nearly a ball of yarn. It weighs 900 grams (1lb 15oz: hello North Americans!!) so far. That’s 18 balls of yarn. And the scary thing is that this much yarn remains, waiting to be hooked:-
But the ends! My goodness, the ends! This is the reverse of the afghan so far:-
Someone on Ravelry calculated that this pattern generates nine hundred and summat ends to be woven in. Yeeks. And I’m working in cotton. These blighters are slippery. So may I cheat? Rather than neat weaving in, followed by annoying unravelling as the twinnage jump on the finished article, I’m knotting, then I’ll use thread to sew the knots into permanence. I’ve read that it’s the only thing that works for really slippery cottony yarn. It’s. Not. Fun. I may yet resort to superglue. Please don’t tell the knitting police.