When I was a little girl, my brothers and I used to drape ourselves in Mom's huge, deep-pink-and-maroon ripple afghan and wander around the house, making fearsome ghostly noises. The afghan was soft and cushy, big enough to cover a double bed (or me and my two brothers at once). Mom had made it slowly, a bit at a time, while she was in college, in the midst of a minor love affair with all things pink. When she brought it home, her mother liked the pattern so well that she, in turn, made several ripple afghans in various colors. I remember there was always a ripple afghan draped over the foot of the bed in the guest rooms at Grandma's house.
Right now I'm working on a rainbow ripple afghan. (The photo isn't quite color-accurate -- the dark stripe is actually a deep navy blue, not almost black as it appears.) It began as a sort of stash-buster project in an effort to diminish the slightly ludicrous amounts of yarn in my house. I've tried to space the rainbow repeats far enough apart that it isn't obvious I'm using slightly different colors in each repeat. (Of course, any crocheter can tell you what happens when you work on one of these use-it-up projects -- you run out of a yarn color you need well before the project is done, so then you need to buy "just one more skein" to finish it properly, and then another, and another... it never ends.)
Ripple afghans are relatively easy to make, which is good, because that's about my speed. Some day, perhaps, I'll tackle the mysterious vagaries of crochet lace, cables and stranded knitting, but for now I'm sticking to simpler projects. The only problem with making afghans is that, unless you're the Fastest Crochet Hook in the West, they take time. Quite a lot of time. To give you an idea, I started a lap-sized ripple afghan a day or two after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and by the time I had it finished, the bulk of the relief work for that disaster was over and done with. If I were wiser, I'd plan ahead like my sister-in-law; she always seems to be working on a baby afghan while watching a DVD, and she therefore always has one in readiness for a baby shower. (That girl's a pretty smart cookie.)
And now, in honor of Halloween, a slightly ghoulish little short story in the public domain (and a personal favorite): Sredni Vashtar, by H.H. Munro (aka Saki). Enjoy!