|Can you say 1950's?|
This afghan is exciting, also, because it is one of the patterns in an old book that was part of my mom's collection, ca. 1956, called Modern and Traditional Afghans to Knit or Crochet.
|Mom kept everything in mint condition.|
So it's been a long time coming. In fact, I think I've blogged about this very project (in another lifetime?) at least twice. Now that it's almost the moment of truth, I don't know if I love or hate it. I certainly love the inspiration from which I embarked on the project. Nothing like planning and purchasing and starting out on an endeavor, with nothing but possibility ahead, and about twelve skeins of wool washable yarn.
|Early days, meticulous blocking.|
|An old blog post, Spring 2103|
|early assemblage and blog-bliss|
But I persevere, and insist that this afghan will be worthy of the party that is our house-full-of-lap-throws. The four of us often sit around, and whomever grabs afghan first is cozy and ready for whatever it is our family is up to (conversing, reading, drinking wine, coffee, tea, dessert or sleep). What I really love is having a project to work on (okay, many projects) so I'm never thinking or feeling that the things I do I do because I'm being *forced* to do them.
Projects are so compelling to me simply because I don't really have a reason. I just do. There's no income, there's no *should* , there's no status. All I have is the human desire to make something, and do something. Call me entitled. Sure. But also, call myself Unencumbered. This is the idea. Amidst all of the shoulds, the worries, the what-ifs and the what I forgot to take care of, insert the devil-may-care, "Just Because." I'm gonna make an afghan, "Just Because" I can. "Just Because I want to." Or, finally, "Just Because I really really really wish that we all had to or wanted to make things for ourselves, because, of course, making things takes time, and this is what we've been doing since the beginning, and it's only in the very recent past that we've forgotten all this, and not needed to make things that take time for ourselves and for our survival and for our family."