1. Contrary to what it says in the hot damn instructions, gauge does matter. Just for fun, I did a swatch on 17's with 2 threads rather than the 3 I had originally used......and it was so much better. Clearly, if I wanted to use 3 threads, I need to up my needle. If you do one of these afghans, I suggest you do a gauge swatch and see if you like how your yarns look together and how they knit up. I wish I had.
2. The 3rd thread I had picked for contrast....which I thought was rust...in the sunlight is maroon. Yep maroon. It doesnt go terribly well with browns and beiges in the light of day, lol.
So I solved both of those pesky little problems by doing a major frogging, ditching the maroon thread for some other project....and re-casting on with two threads.....already I can tell I am going to be so much happier. I hate frogging....but I know in the end I will be happy. Thank heavens I wasnt more than 8 inches into this project!!! Now I feel like I can zoom zoom zoom on it!