In college I did manage to start an afghan. It made it to a point of a throw when school got too busy for me to continue for a while. Once I pulled it back out (after graduation, two moves, and a job) I realized I didn't like my made up pattern or the combination of colors. So off to Salvation Army it went.
I didn't pick up crochet again till about three years ago when I had an office desk job that was really quiet, dull, and not creative. I needed something to do that wasn't expensive since our budget was very tight. So, I purchased a cheap set of plastic hooks and whatever bulk yarn was on sale at the local big craft store. Having found out that LionBrand.com offers free patterns and also stitch explanations I was all set to start back up. One of my first projects was to make a grocery produce sack since the reusable bags were really starting to come out big then. I found a pattern online, can't remember which one it was now, and started to crochet. I kept going and going following the directions but it seemed to be a lot smaller than what I thought it was going to be. So I kept started to make up the pattern a little to make it bigger. Once I had the diameter I thought it was going to be I started to make the increase for the sides.
I went a little farther and then had an epiphany. I was using a slip stitch instead of a single crochet stitch! No wonder it seemed so small! I decided to stop since it was taking forever to get anywhere with it.
I kind of liked it as a bowl form and so it stayed like that. Now it holds cat toys, some of which I have made. When younger kids come over it always seems to become a hat or a frisbee. I believe there was an occasion or two where a kid to hold a cat in it like a hammock which always did not succeed to well.
Even if it is not a produce bag or a successful cat hammock it has become quite useful. I don't worry about what the kids do with it, and after play time it serves a purpose to hold the cats' toys.
Again, I don't remember which LionBrand pattern it was, but I do remember it is Caron 3/4 Pound acrylic worsted weight yarn. I loved the ombre color combination but have now found out they no longer make it in this colorway.