Saturday, March 1, 2008

T.........he 23 year afghan


All of us in the craft world know that creating can be a time consuming process. I'm wondering, however, if my mom doesn't hold some kind of record.

Before I was born in 1942, she began to knit an afghan. Soon, she became way too busy raising a family and working so the project was put aside. It next appeared 23 years later when she waited at the hospital for my sister to give birth to the first grandchild.

Mom no longer remembers exactly when she finished it, but it continues to grace the home of my sister who often uses it to cover her first great-granddaughter. This precious family treasure has touched five generations.

15 comments:

Perry said...

Great story! (And it was nice to see the photo of mom and the afghan!)

-Perry-

ARNie ChezCrochet.com said...

The first year I was married, I didn't know how to bowl, my husband was in a league, and I didn't know how to read crochet patterns. So I took yarn and hook to the bowling alley and crocheted while my husband bowled.
My husband and I are both over 6feet tall, and I wanted a blanket long enoug for us and made a chain so long I lost count. Much to my chagrin, I ran out of yarn when it was only half as wide as it needed to be...then I realized that it was 9 feet long! The yarn was from a clearance table and no way to complete it in the same colors... so I packed it up. I'm thinking that about 10 years later, I pulled it out, started with different colors and finished it. It was so big, and the accomplishment so obvious, that our local county fair put it on display and gave me an honorable mention, even though my guage changed over 10 years and one end is 6 inches longer than the other.
ARNie- ChezCrochet.com

skiingweaver said...

What a wonderful story!!

Alpaca Granny said...

I hope that I can leave an heirloom for my family.
Thanks for sharing this...
Maple

island sweet said...

what a lovely family/craft story...

Plaidfuzz said...

That's a great story. :)

StrawberryLemonade.etsy.com said...

That afghan shows all the colors from my wedding :) It is beautiful. I am glad it is finally finished it even though it took 23 years!

Leah

Mrs.Kwitty said...

LOL--that's a great story to go with a beautiful blanket! Love the picture :o)
Smiles, Karen

paul said...

Oh - it happens. I once took 11 years to make a quilt and 18 years to finish a piece of Jacobean embroidery. LOL

paul said...

Woops - forgot to change the account - that last comment came from MarthaHorman not my husband. His longest project was only 4 years.

The Fearless Blog said...

Great picture of the two of you. Great story, too!

Before my first son was born, someone I knew at the college, just in passing, surprised me with a knited blanket that she asked her mother to make for me. It was light blue and white, and it was beautiful...

Pat eventully became a very good friend, and although she has retired we see or email eachother every now and then. What made this gift so special, one that I have never forgotten, was the time it took her mother to make. Of all the gifts I received for the baby, the blanket became the most cherished.

Laura's Left Hook said...

I have a feeling I will have a long afghan like this. I started a complicated log cabin afghan for my second daughter. I did all the centers and finished one square, but I just don't like a million color changes. So, I put it down.

We found out my second daughter was born with a hearing loss, so the first year was a whirlwind, in addition to the regular craziness that comes with adding another child to your family.

Needless to say, that afghan is still sitting in my ottoman, waiting for me to finish it. I told my husband it would be for my youngest's first child, lol.

LazyTcrochet said...

Wonderful! thanks for sharing - it's beautiful

storybeader said...

what a nice piece to pass down through the family. Sorta like a quilt. Happy Mother's Day!

Serendipity Collections said...

Beautiful afghan and lovely story! I love your pictures! Happy Mother's Day!

Jana