When I first learned to crochet in 1998, I lived in Bella Vista, California.
Located in Shasta County just east of the Redding, it was (and perhaps still is), a bit of a wild west outpost, and in my quest for all things crochet I scoured the available bookstores and fabric stores for anything -- anything at all.
On one such excursion, I came across a copy of book titled "Better Homes and Gardens Crocheting & Knitting" which contained a pattern for Jackie H. Curry's design for a "Granny Square Sampler Afghan."
I was immediately smitten.
I bought the book, headed home, and was certain that I would have the blanket made in no time.
But the truth proved to be different. While I was able to read the directions correctly, it turned out that not all of the directions were correct, and I was not yet a sufficiently experience crocheter to be able to recognize the difference, so it wasn't until thirteen years had passed that I finally had the experience and determination needed to finish my first rendition of this blanket which by then I had come to think of as "The Afghan That Eluded Me,"
Here it is in 36 installments: