Friday, January 13, 2012

Family Ripples

Just last week, I finished Jack's ripple afghan that I had started...*ahem*...a couple of years ago.

I ended up needing to find additional yarn to make it longer since Jack had outgrown the original amount of yarn I thought I would need for his blanket.


He loves it. He wraps it around him when he's studying, he sleeps with it, and he drags it down to the basement when he plays video games.

When I was about 9 years old, my grandmother made me this pink afghan...


So this picture of the two of us is pretty special to me.

My pink blanket stayed on my bed when I was little. It went with me to college. It went with me as I traveled around the world. And when I got married, I put it on my bed and it's been on my bed ever since.

Never underestimate the power of a blanket made for you with love.

Happy weekend everyone!

26 comments:

Roberta said...

Amazing how you have managed to keep it in such good shape. I have all the afghans my grandmother made for us and I am always repairing them! Between moths and toes getting stuck..........sigh. But they are special.

FlowerLady said...

How wonderful are those priceless pictures and afghans created with love.

FlowerLady

Vicki W said...

My cousin's grandmother made afghans for all of us (she only had one grandchild so she adopted all of my Grandmother's grands too! Anyway, we got to pick our colors and I picked black/white/gray because I felt that they were not fashion colors and would last through time. The colors have and so has the afghan! Mine wasn't ripple though. I was a rebel there too and picked a different pattern.
Is Jack a Steelers fan? I guess, at the moment he would be an unhappy Steelers fan.

Cari said...

Priceless.... Thanks for sharing.

Rita said...

Beautiful afghans!

I still have my afgahn my late grandmother made me to take to college.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This is a fabulous post. I have all the doilies my grandmother made for me...all pink I might add, and the afghan my mom made, and the embroidered items my real mother made, though not for me.

I can see Jack wrapping up in it. That's the way Ky is with the quilt I made for him 10 years ago. He even patched it himself when I tried to..."give" it away.

We are having a snow storm. I should be home sewing, but my conscience wouldn't let me, darn that girl!

Lisa said...

Gifts you can wrap up in are the best! I still have the afghan that my grandmother made for me too, though it sits on my bed at my Mom's now for when I visit!

Connie said...

Your son has such a nice smile. My Granny made those afghans too. So did my husbands Grandmother

Teresa said...

Glad you got his blanket done. The picture is so fun.
I had a homemade blanket also and so did my kids. They are wonderful treasured memories.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Marjolein said...

You two look so happy.
Thank you for sharing.

73mw said...

It just goes to show you... if it's worth having, it's worth waiting for. I hope Jack's afghan wraps him in as many happy memories as yours does!

Cynthia Nicole said...

what a treasure- both the afghan and you two.

Mouse said...

awww that is so nice and love the photo of you together :) love mouse xxxxx

Hélène said...

How sweet. And Jack uses it while playing video games ? Wow !

Suztats said...

Wonderful that you still have your afghan! Love the pic of you both wrapped in hand-made love.

Catherine said...

Aaawwww.....such a sweet mommy moment! Love the smiles you two are sharing!

black bear cabin said...

what a cute photo of you two...and what great blankets! i had one for years that i loved that my grandma made....but i think i left it at home when i moved, and who knows where its at in my moms house now :) i am amazed at how lovely and new your blanket looks...how did you manage to keep it soooo nice?!? as for jack...well, you know hes a crafters son, so he knows all the love and hard work that went into that blanket! he'll love it forever too! :)

Carol E. in AZ said...

This is a great picture! And your afghan is in such great shape. This makes me want to make one for my son & grandchildren (my daughters don't like my "handmade" stuff. Thank you for sharing!

rochambeau said...

You did it! Fabulous and it's great that you still have yours too!!

Happy, creative New Year to you Susan, as you play with your needles!

xox
Constance

Rachel said...

Great to have it finished and see Jack so pleased with it!

underatopazsky said...

Defintely! Each of my children has a blanket I made for them and in times of stress they always default to the blankets rather than duvets!

kaiteM said...

well done for finishing it already and it was good to leave it till he had grown into it or the blanket would have been too short, as in the side bar quote.
tell me please, it's crocheted right? i don't crochet, i knit, i'll have to look for a similar pattern for a knit ripple as it's lovely.

Elizabeth said...

What fabulous and treasured pictures!!! Good for you for finishing it up!! I can just see Jack dragging it behind him down to the basement- Linus Style!! LOL!!!! What a sight!

Ati. said...

I love them both :)) People and blankets :))

Mary Corbet said...

Like you, I have a pink and ivory-white "ripple" (we call it zig-zag) afghan - it looks identical to yours! Mine was made by my aunt. She made each of us a zig-zag afghan for our high school graduation, and then another one in our chosen colors for our weddings. I never got married, so I only have the one! My zig-zag went with me to college, and was a life-saver in 150-year-old dorm rooms with old windows and old radiators in the middle of Kansas winters. Then, it moved with me to my first apartment, then to my house, and it is always folded on the end of my bed, even though it doesn't "match" my decor. I wouldn't be without it!

Auntie is still crocheting, despite being 94, blind in one eye, and sporting a manufactured shoulder! She spends the year making hundreds of winter scarves for various orphanages and homeless shelters. I think her crocheting keeps her young!

Thanks for the memory! And the wonderful pictures!

MC

Judy S. said...

Love those photos, Susan. Interesting how handcrafted stuff brings to mind the maker, isn't it? I treasure a ripple afghan made by my mom, that's for sure. Is yours crocheted? Are those Jack's school colors? Family heirlooms are priceless......

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