Friday, October 21, 2011

Big finish!


About two and a half years ago I learned to crochet.

Soon Cally pointed me to this blog. Which is where I found this tutorial (fantastic, bytheway--best clear photographs and descriptions I've come across for crochet). Which led to the beginnings of this afghan. For the first eighteen months or so it was slow going. I pulled it out to work on so rarely that it was like starting from scratch (it pretty much only came out on these weekends). I had to re-look up the tutorial and spend as much time trying to remember how to switch yarns as I did adding stitches.

Then last winter something wonderful happened--yarn fever took over at my in-laws' house. Every time we went there to visit (which was nearly every week), my sisters-in-law and I would sit and work our hooks and needles through the whole evening of talking. Crocheting is a whole different animal than sewing. It's the perfect thing for conversation, intent listening, and busy thoughts. I think I concentrate better when my hands are moving. For weeks and months real progress was made. My s-i-ls each went through project after beautiful project while I just kept adding and adding to my big afghan. The goal was for it to be big enough for at least two people to share, keeping them well covered, from feet to chin.
5 feet 8 inches later here it is. Tested and approved.

All five kids can fit if they snuggle. Just right for a cold, rainy day like this one.
(It was sunny the day I took the shots of it on the ground.)
Here's why I wanted to make it:
When I was little, there was a green afghan. The green afghan. It was sought after and fought over and used and used and used. Movie nights, Saturday morning cartoons, naps on the couch, forts in the basement, it was the one everyone wanted most. My grandpa made it. I have fond memories associated with the green afghan, and I wanted something like that for our kids. Not that they'll be attached to blanket itself, necessarily, but that it will be something always there in the background of their childhood memories. Hopefully it will carry that same nostalgic magic that comes with smells and songs that transport you through time.

Just give them an audience and they will ham it up. "Let's pretend to be asleep!"
I feel a little lost now without that standby project to keep my hands busy. And I realize that rippling is the only thing I know how to do now. What next, what next.....

Rule #1 around here: if you take a smiling photo, you must take a silly photo.

{linking up: Crazy Mom Quilts' Finish it up Friday. There were in fact days I thought I'd never finish this. and: Celebrate Color's yarn category.}


twelfthzodiac said...

Congrats on your big finish! Love the photos of your kids snuggling under it - the 'pretend to be asleep' photo is totally necessary to every shoot I think :)

notes of sincerity said...

Your blanket is gorgeous and will be well loved. :o)

Mrsblocko said...

What a great way to make memories for your kids! I love that it is huge enough for all of them to fit under.

Heather said...

Love it! Beautiful colors, and it looks so warm and snuggly. Your kids are just adorable, and lucky to have such a talented and loving mama! :o)

amandajean said...

oh my goodness! what a beautiful finish! love all the shots of your kids using it. i bet they love it!

i love having my hands busy, too. maybe it's time you start another one? :)

thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

Kelli said...

Congrats! Be proud of that big blanket, girl! We had a similar afghan growing up and I know I'm drawn to afghan patterns because of it. Yours is beautiful and I'm sure your children will cherish it.