Thursday, November 13, 2014

The First Afghan I Ever Made

by M. J. Joachim

Okay, so I’m cheating today, but if you knew what I went through before I came up with this post. For some reason, I was all thumbs today, consequently turning my yarn into tangled twists and knots not once, but twice. I was about to make my third attempt when I remembered this was in a box in the garage.

You see, our air went out this past summer when it was 109 degrees. There was no saving it, so up in the attic the workmen went to replace the duct work, put in new insulation and provide us with a much needed new one. There in the dust and old insulation sat an old protected box. One of the guys asked me if I wanted it. I didn’t even know it was up there, so I said, “Sure!”

As I opened the box, tears welled in my eyes and a gasp of surprised lodged in my throat. Inside the box were a whole bunch of treasured keepsakes to pass down to my children, including this old afghan! 

I thought we lost this box when we moved 15 years ago. I had no idea someone put it up in the attic. It’s the only thing that was up there, so nothing else got put up there with it.

I remember the hours I used to watch my mom crochet. She never taught me how. I just watched her for hours at a time. Then one day I asked if I could use some of her yarn and borrow a hook. This time I spent hours copying her moves, inserting the hook, yarn overing and drawing the hook through my own work. The stitch I came up with is something like a single crochet with chain stitches in between.

Step 1: Insert hook in desired stitch or space

Step 2: Yarn over, draw up a loop; chain 1, yarn over draw through both loops on hook

I think that’s how I made it…

As you can see, I knew nothing about adding stitches to the corners to make them sharp and neat. Mine are rounded. Nor did I know how to change colors, so I have a few knots where one color ends and another begins. Still the colors are very soothing and I used to cover myself while watching t.v. with this blanket all the time. That was some 30+ odd years ago, when I was a young teenager, and it’s still in pretty good condition!

Thanks so much for letting me share my story with you today. Here’s to keeping you in stitches!

M. J.

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