Sunday, March 25, 2007

the patron saint



as much as i hemmed and hawed about never thrifting again while i was preparing for our purgetagsale, i beg you to put away the squirrelgun. please spare me, the patron saint of orphaned needlework.

i found this afghan for $4.99. if anyone knows where i could find this pattern, please let me know. my 2007 resolution was to learn to crochet and this was another nudge in that direction.

the very first piece that i had adopted was back in brooklyn thirteen years ago. it has made the garagesalecut each and every year since then. as you know by now, this is the measure of all measures....the garagesale cut. it was found on windsor avenue around the corner from us on 11th. i paid $1.50 for it and it graces our fuschia pink patio chair. i need one more of these flowerpatch afghans to have a collection.

when i come across needlework or hookwork, i feel such a need to save it and cannot help thinking of all of the work that goes into each piece by whoever made it. the quiet thinking while one knits, quilts, crochets or embroiders while working out problems or praying for her children goes into each piece. the thought of my abandoned work in a bin at a thriftstore makes me feel inclined to adopt someone else's.

all of those workedout problems and answered prayers in this piece are now washed and covers one of my children.

6 comments:

Amysatx said...

What a neat afghan! I never seem to find that kind of stuff when I'm thrifting. I love your flower pics!!!

fiwa said...

I know just what you mean, every time I see one of those in a thrift store, I think "Someone's Grandma/Mom/Aunt made them that beautiful afghan, and they just gave it away". I never had a grandmother to make me one, so I've always been doubly jealous of them.

I love the colors in yours and the flower pattern. Thrift on, Sista!

diane said...

What a great find Dawn!...=)

~S said...

Mom made one of these in gold, red and blue when I was around 5 yo and it graced the couch for years. I have fond memories of it but I'm not sure if we made it thread bare of if it exists in another place, as I haven't seen it in a while. Let me see if she still has the pattern and I will share. BTW crocheting is easy. I made baby blankets long before I began knitting seriously. Also the nice thing about the flower afghan is you make squares then sew it all together. :)

Anonymous said...

I feel the same way. I've been crocheting for 30 + years, and knitting( for just over a year, thanks to your encouragement and support!) and it kills me to see family heirlooms pushed aside.

You've scored a beauty and given it a good second home.

I'm here for you when you pick up that crochet hook!

Marilyn

Scheherazaad said...

Dawn it is not so much the pattern that you need but the tools. I think the flowers were made with one of those plastic flower making looms that were so popular in the 70s. You looped the yarn around pegs to form the flowers. Then you crocheted them together row by row.