For a while now, I’ve seen this idea around the blogs. The ABC blogs. Where the blogger writes about a topic staring with each letter of the alphabet. After some thought, I’ve decided to jump into the flame and start this series on my blog.
So, today I’m writing on a topic that begins with the letter A. And that topic is afghans. I’ve crocheted off and on again for years. I made my first afghan when I was only 12 or 13 years old. It was created from rainbow of different colored yarn, anything I could get my hands on. from scraps from my mom and aunt. I still have the thing and this is a photo of it. Of course, after 30+ years, the thing is starting to look a little shabby.
I’ve made dollies, pillows (these two I just made this winter for my bedroom decor), and even tried my hand at a scarf once.
I don’t mind making pillows. Dislike working with the thin dolly thread and never quite finished the scarf. But afghans? I love making them.
This one I made about 20 years ago. It’s been well used on the back of my couch. So it really has seen it’s better days.
This one I made my daughter when she was baby. Since she’s a teenager now, I will pack them away for my grandbabies someday.
Here’s my latest creation. I made this one over Christmas break (I took a week of vacation). It’s made using one of my favorite patterns—the granny square. It’s a nine-patch, so the squares are huge. The finished size almost fits a twin-sized bed.
This is the one I’m working on now. It has a long way to go before it’s completely finished, but I’m hoping to have it done by spring. It will go on my loveseat and will have matching pillows.
I’m planning to make another afghan of a different pattern for the couch, but made from the same colors.
These aren’t the only afghans I’ve made. I’ve made baby blakets for friends and a few for gifts. The unique thing about me is I make up all my own designs. I’ve never learned to read pattern books and can’t make any sense of them. But I can look at a finished product and figure it out. I also took a long break between the last time I’d gotten into crocheting and this time. But it’s like riding a bike, I haven’t forgotten how to do it. Of course, it will take me a while to finish anything too big since I only crochet while I’m watching TV. But I find it relaxing and a different way to create.