I am no where near done with my niece's afghan, but her Big Daddy's Birthday is coming up the end of the month. I had promised him an afghan so felt I'd better get it started or it would never be finished in time. Even now, it may not be as I started with a size "M" crochet hook - which is very large. So large, in fact, it is making the 48" afghan into 70" afghan - so I started running out of yarn before I was through the first half! Had to buy more, but I think I have enough now. I tried the stripe going up the afghan for kicks and it doesn't seem all that easy to me. Perhaps once I have "striped" it several times it will flow better for me. I did allow myself to get a bit sidetracked with the little two-toned booties for the grandbaby, but am now back on schedule! Still love the new yarn. Interesting that my two afghans are from Vanna's second afghan book from 1997 and new yarn with Lion Brand! They make a winning combination!