Here’s one of the reasons that I haven’t had much of an online presence lately. I’m trying to get this finished for Judah while it’s still cold outside. I promised to make each of my children an afghan for their beds; they get to pick the colors and the patterns. I’ll probably do one each winter. Judah gets the first one, and he’s really looking forward to it being finished. Sweet boy – I know he really wants it, but he isn’t rushing me. He just says things like, “I can’t wait til my blanket is done!” and “I’m glad I picked these colors.” Originally he wanted bright orange in the color scheme too; I talked him into a compromise. (I don’t think either of us regret that compromise.)
I’ve never really liked sleeping with an afghan on my bed. Either they’re too stretchy… or there’s an annoying fringe that tickles your face… or the yarn is itchy… And then I tried out this pattern from Elnora Miller (using nice soft yarn and skipping the tickly fringe.) It’s a very solid afghan. “Blanket” feels like a better word for it. It’s heavy and warm and the stitches are so dense that it doesn’t stretch out of shape. I threw it on our bed one extra-cold night this winter, and it’s been there ever since.
This pattern always makes me think of my friend Elnora. I’m grateful for the time I spent working with her at the bakery during the last year of her life. I’m so glad that I knew her.