You would think having made a pattern three times I would pretty much have it down pat. I mean, after a time it becomes second nature, right? Not! It all started with the counting. Having 180+ chains to make and then counting the single crochets of the first row which should be 1 less than the number of chains could drive anyone batty. Add in a husband who knows you are counting, and keeps trying to ask you questions (said husband was noticeably quiet when there was no crocheting being done) and you get a lot of frogs. I ripped out the first two rows two times. Then I thought I finally had it. And I went to crochet the third row (that starts the ripple pattern) and got all the way to the end. Just to find out that I had miscounted yet again! AAAH! Rip-it... Rip-it... Rip-it. It finally took a trip to the laundromat to be able to count in peace. Hubby wanted his sleeping bag cleaned before going on a fishing trip and I wanted to get the afghan started. In the end, we both got what we wanted. Lol. I am only about 2 skeins of the way in now. Ten more to go. My SIL is quite anxious to get her blanket. But I fear since being sick it's going to take at least another full week of crocheting to get done. Maybe she'll have it before the first day of summer! The funny thing is as I am crocheting it, I am thinking to myself that it would be nice to make one for myself. That would mean counting again. Am I nuts, or what? Yup. Definitely certifiable.