I was so excited to take on this project, initially, as I'm passionate about these vintage patterns, found in my own mother's collection and elsewhere. That said, my enthusiasm waned in the intervening months. So, a bit of background on these Afghans, blankets, and throws.
|Vintage pattern books, sit upon the afghan |
adorning my creative space.
A while back I finished an afghan that my mother had worked on since the fifties, then abandoned, many years ago. It sits, happily, in our living room now.
|Mom's Butterfly Afghan|
And on my chartreuse and grey front porch/workspace, sits the afghan that one of Donna's Aunties began in CA, many years ago.
|basic flower motif|
|"What, no blanket? I'll take a cat."|
|Comfy, cozy, Pattern #12910.|
And what, I wonder, is this all about, short of the fact that I am a glutton for punishment (as in length of time required to complete afghan)? So many things attract me to making these afghans, and they ultimately serve more than a few purposes, so, what's wrong with a little list-O-Rama?
Why do I make afghans?
1. Sometimes it's delightful to craft a piece that once we understand the pattern it is eternally repetitive (think, what I do while conversing or listening to radio or watching TV).
2. Short of baby blankets, Afghans are another lost craft form. Rarely do we allow ourselves time to make something so bluntly esoteric. I love hearkening back to slower times, no matter how contrived my fantasy may be.
3. These patterns, and this purple, lavender and gold piece, are remarkable in their masculine abstract design. One double crochet pulled tightly over two rows of other colors. Mathematical, pure, elegant.
|Pattern and fabric.|
1. Afghans in our living room give us permission, even encourage us to sit around and talk/read/sleep.
2. Beautiful vintage adornment is what I love for my own abode.
3. I'm a crochet goddess and I have to make EVERYTHING (OK, almost everything).
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