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« on: September 10, 2013 07:42:08 PM »

When my Mom and her siblings went to their parents' house to sort through things after they died, she ended up with a lot of Grandma's crochet stuff, including a crocheted flower square.  She figured it must have been the beginning of an afghan.  She decided to finish it with Grandma's yarns and give it to one of us who hadn't gotten one from her while she was alive.  Me!!!  I told her to just use a mix of whatever colors she had.  Well, Mom made about 35 flowers or so, and got halfway through adding the leaves.  Then her arm got really sore and she was having a hard time crocheting.  I told her I could work on it some until she felt better.  Well, she didn't and it was just an early symptom of her cancer spreading to all kinds of places that it shouldn't be.  So two years after Mom died, I've finally got back to working on the afghan.  And finishing it!  Yea!



I had to make a few more flowers to get it six by seven blocks, which ends up about queen sized.  I put Grandma's square in the center of an X of purple flowers so I could always figure out which one was hers.  I didn't really need to since I didn't bother to get a good match on the white yarn.  But there you go.



The ironic thing is, as I was attaching the last square next to Grandma's square, I discovered that her square had a mistake in it.  Each side should have 16 joining stitches.  That last square had 17!  To fix it properly would mean ripping back to the first round of white.  And I wasn't going to do that!  So I just fudged it in there.  But now I wonder: was that single square still sitting around at Grandma's because it was a mistake and she just throw it aside?  Have I now immortalized her mistake with a proud place of honor?  Maybe.  But I made the afghan to honor my Grandma and my Mom and all their work for others.  And I love it.


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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2013 07:48:55 PM »

What a touching story.  Something like that is truly a treasure.  And I like how your story about the mistake points out that crafting is about the heart, not perfection.   Smiley
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    « Reply #2 on: September 10, 2013 10:52:49 PM »

    Such a sweet way to remember the crafty godesses in your life, and what a pretty afghan  Grin
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    « Reply #3 on: September 10, 2013 11:47:30 PM »

    Beautiful blanket and a lovely story with it.  Such a lot of work too.  I really love how it turned out.
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    That's a true family heirloom, and it's beautiful.
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    « Reply #5 on: September 11, 2013 12:36:58 AM »

    That is beautiful, and what a fantastic memory to your Grandma and Mom.
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    « Reply #6 on: September 11, 2013 01:44:33 AM »

    A beautiful tribute to your Mom and Grandma  Smiley
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    « Reply #7 on: September 11, 2013 04:01:57 AM »

    What an interesting story, and I'm glad you got to finish the blanket!  The Amish people always purposely make a mistake in their quilts to show that humans are not perfect...was your Grandma Amish, perhaps?  Wink
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    « Reply #8 on: September 11, 2013 05:01:08 AM »

    Beautiful family heirloom with many generations making it.  Smiley
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    « Reply #9 on: September 11, 2013 07:28:33 AM »

    Thanks everyone!

    LadybugsandBumblebees -- No, she wasn't Amish.  But I love the sentiment.

    Let me ask you other crocheters a question.  Does anybody else ever have the problem of a squeaking noise when their yarn moves up and down the hook?  (Probably a lot of blank stares at that.)  I think it might be because I use acrylic yarn (I saw you shudder) on an aluminum hook, but I'm trying to use up my stash.  Anybody know why it happens, or better yet, how to fix it?  It's almost like fingernails on a chalkboard.
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    « Reply #10 on: September 11, 2013 07:30:22 AM »

    What a treasure!  And a treat to read. 

    There's a culture out there (Amish?) that actually add in a mistake to their quilts because they believe that only God is perfect.  Something like that.
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    « Reply #11 on: September 11, 2013 09:11:22 AM »

    have you tried rubbing your hook with wax paper to help it glide better? I sometimes get squeaks when I'm crocheting too tightly and need to go up a hook size  Smiley
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    « Reply #12 on: September 11, 2013 09:30:05 PM »

    ALL MY FEELS!  Cry What a great legacy to your mother and grandmother!

    And yes, my hooks squeak from time to time. I usually rub a little wax on them.
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    « Reply #13 on: September 12, 2013 12:14:38 AM »

    What a lovely afghan. And a wonderful story about generations of crafters.
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    « Reply #14 on: September 12, 2013 01:10:49 AM »

    the blanket is soooo gorgeous in its own right but the story just makes it such a precious treasure. a lovely heirloom to pass down through future generations, whom could perhaps add their own piece to the puzzle
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    « Reply #15 on: September 12, 2013 04:18:19 PM »

    what a fabulous, beautiful piece of family history! Smiley
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    This rocks so much. What a heartbreakingly beautiful story behind this afghan. The pattern itself is very pretty. Did you learn to crochet from your mother and she from hers?

    And don't worry, you're not alone in the yarn squeaking, lol. I've never tried to remedy it, but alaura_borealis's idea of using wax sounds like a good try.
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    « Reply #17 on: September 13, 2013 12:48:42 AM »

    Kudos for finishing it! It looks fantastic and I think it's a beautiful nostalgic piece. Both your mom and grandmother would be super proud!

    *When my hook starts squeaking I wash my hands and hook with some soap and water and that normally helps for a little while*
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    « Reply #18 on: September 13, 2013 07:18:54 AM »

    Thanks for all the compliments, and the advice about squeaky hooks.  I'm kinda' glad it isn't just me. Smiley

    Woodlyn -- I'm sure my Mom learned from her Mom.  But I've always been a little too independent.  I wouldn't have listened while I was a teenager.  (Unfortunately, one of my daughters is taking after me.)  I actually taught myself as an adult, out of a book I inherited from my husband's Grandmother.  Come to think of it, all four grandmas (mine and his) were big crocheters.
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    This is just amazing. The store is so lovely and the blanket in and of itself is just beautiful. I'm sure that this is one of those heirloom pieces that will stay in the family for generations.

    I'm so glad someone asked about that squeaking too! It is awful. I get that every now and again. I always thought it was because my loops were too tight, but I'm going to have to try the soap and water suggestion.
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    Thanks everyone!

    LadybugsandBumblebees -- No, she wasn't Amish.  But I love the sentiment.

    Let me ask you other crocheters a question.  Does anybody else ever have the problem of a squeaking noise when their yarn moves up and down the hook?  (Probably a lot of blank stares at that.)  I think it might be because I use acrylic yarn (I saw you shudder) on an aluminum hook, but I'm trying to use up my stash.  Anybody know why it happens, or better yet, how to fix it?  It's almost like fingernails on a chalkboard.


    First, this is a really lovely blanket attached to some just beautiful family history. I learned to crochet from my grandmother, and I hope I can honor her the same way you and your mom did when she does pass. I love that the square was a off a stitch, and you found, in your grandma's possible mistake, a lot of love and a chance to have this fantastic memory.

    On the question: Some acrylics can squeak on aluminum hooks. I've found stitching to a plastic or wooden hook takes care of the squeak, but other than that, I don't know. I am rather fond of acrylic because it lasts through just about everything and is easy to care for, so I work with it a lot for hats and stuff.
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    « Reply #21 on: September 15, 2013 05:54:02 PM »

    It's gorgeous and the story is simply wonderful.

    ETA: The acrylic yarn and squeaking. Yarn nearly ALWAYS talks to me on my hook or needles, unless I create a huge open pattern.
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    « Reply #22 on: September 16, 2013 01:30:40 PM »

    I'm in love! Swoon!
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    « Reply #23 on: September 17, 2013 05:46:15 PM »

    Such a beautiful blanket And such a moving story behind it. Amazing, and thought-provoking.
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    « Reply #24 on: September 17, 2013 06:59:53 PM »

    Oh God....Your post got me all soggy eyed and wishing I wasn't so far from my mom and grandmas so I could squeeze them to bits. 

    My sadsack emotions aside, I absolutely love your afghan!  It's beautiful and so charming.  I always like a project with history!  I would hit This Rocks 100 times if I were able!
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    « Reply #25 on: September 18, 2013 10:02:09 AM »

    Gorgeous afghan and a lovely story. How special that all three of you got to work on it!
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    « Reply #26 on: September 18, 2013 02:59:36 PM »

    I love this. Is it possible to get the pattern?  Smiley
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    « Reply #27 on: September 19, 2013 02:50:46 AM »

    What a beautiful blanket, and a lovely way to remember your Grandma and Mom.
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    « Reply #28 on: September 19, 2013 09:14:16 AM »

    Thanks so much everybody!  And I'm surprised that the squeaking is so common.

    MabelPatricia -- I'll see what I can do about a pattern, but no promises.  I did look around at ravelry, but none of the ones I found are exactly like my grandma's. 
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    What a precious heirloom this is. One to treasure forever. Its really beautiful.
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    « Reply #30 on: September 19, 2013 08:13:59 PM »

    Every piece of jewelry my grandpa made for us had a mistake in it. A pearl was chipped, a ruby didn't match, something like that. It annoyed me to look at but my mom loved it. It reminded her that is was handmade. This is a beautiful blanket with a beautiful story!
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    « Reply #31 on: September 19, 2013 08:22:30 PM »

    Simply beautiful.

      Maybe your Grandma did set it aside because she thought it wasn't perfect. It just goes to show how we see our own mistakes but find beauty in the work of others no matter what.  You are fortunate to have and to have added to such a wonderful legacy. 
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    « Reply #32 on: September 20, 2013 02:54:30 AM »

    This is a truly beautiful and amazing piece of work. But the best part is that it was made by three generations of crafters.

    As far as acrylic yarn goes, if that's all you have easy access to, use it! I found this helpful tip for making it softer. I haven't tried it myself but I was told it does indeed work.
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    « Reply #33 on: September 20, 2013 06:43:20 AM »

    Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!
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    « Reply #34 on: September 21, 2013 08:38:55 AM »

    Such a beautiful blanket with a beautiful story.  That's really funny about the mistake...  So glad you were able to finish such a wonderful memory project.
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    « Reply #35 on: September 22, 2013 01:09:48 PM »

    Here's the pattern.  (My SIL figured it out for my Mom from the original block.)

    Starting with the color for the flower ch6 and close the ring.
    round 1: ch5 (counts as 1dc and ch2), *dc in ring, ch2*, repeat between stars until 8dc and 8 spaces, slip st in third chain.
    round 2: (sc, 3dc, sc) in each ch2 space around (8 petals)
    round 3: *sc around next dc (on round 1), ch3*, repeat around
    round 4: (sc, 5dc, sc) in each ch3 space around (8 petals)
    round 5: *sc around next sc (on round 3), ch5*, repeat around
    round 6: (sc, 7dc, sc) in each ch5 space around, join with slip st, cut and finish end (8 petals).

    With green for leaves, *sc between any petals, ch5, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next space between petals, ch5*, repeat around, join with slip st, cut and finish end (8 ch5 spaces and 4 sets of 2 leaves).  What you have now should look more like a square.

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    round 1: join in ch2 space between leaves, ch3 (counts as dc), dc in same corner, 5dc in each of next 2 ch5 spaces, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next corner ch2 space, repeat pattern around, finish with 2dc in first corner, join with hdc to third chain of beg ch3.
    round 2: ch3 (counts as dc), turn work, 1dc in same corner space, dc in each dc to next corner, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner, repeat pattern around, finish with 2dc in first corner, join with hdc to third chain of beg ch3.
    Repeat round 2 to desired size.  (My blocks have 5 rounds total of the background and are about 12" across.)  Cut and finish end.  Join blocks as desired.

    Enjoy!


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    « Reply #36 on: September 23, 2013 03:31:20 AM »

    That is such a touching story, and such a beautiful afghan <3
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    « Reply #37 on: September 23, 2013 03:18:30 PM »

    Thank you so much. This was very nice of you to give me the pattern. I can hardly wait to start it. I have a tablecloth that my mom started and I was able to add on to it. I have since given it to my daughter to add on to it if she wishes. It is so important to hand these lovely hand made items down to other generations. Again, thank you so much and happy crocheting. Blessings to you and yours. Smiley
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    « Reply #38 on: September 25, 2013 09:01:07 AM »

    What a wondrous afghan & heirloom piece.
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    « Reply #39 on: October 01, 2013 06:42:32 AM »

    How wonderful!  A beautiful afghan with beautiful memories.  I love it!
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    « Reply #40 on: November 05, 2013 02:01:53 PM »

    there's such beautiful history behind this afghan <3
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    « Reply #41 on: November 07, 2013 06:25:44 AM »

    This afghan is so special. I like how you put grandma's square in a place of honor.
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    « Reply #42 on: November 12, 2013 08:23:27 AM »

    This is a touching story, and a beautiful finished product.  You have something really special there because it is a legacy of three generations.  How very special.  I like it so much that I may enlarge the pic and copy the stitches.  Thank you for sharing.
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    « Reply #43 on: November 19, 2013 06:05:39 AM »

    dulcet--your afghan turned out beautiful...it was the picture that drew me to the post...but reading your story...how three generations worked on it and each passing generation remembers the prior one...wow...lovely and touching story...

    While my mom, who is also a crocheter, is still alive but unwell,  I am going to learn a few more things and finish off some of her projects as she supervises...this story will keep me going...thank you for sharing.
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    « Reply #44 on: December 04, 2013 08:49:58 AM »

    What a wonderfully beautiful heirloom.
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    That is such a special afghan and when you pass it to your daughters they can also share the story.
    My hook squeeks, too - but I don't mind the noise.
    I was sitting doing my tails one day and the budgie started making weird squeaking noises. I couldn't figure out what he was doing. Then when I started crocheting again, I noticed that the budgie was squeeking again. I couldn't figure out where he'd learned such a high pitched strange squeek which he only did when I sat on the couch. Finally I figured it out that he was "crocheting" with me as I crocheted. So cute. So I am very lucky to have a budgie that thinks he can crochet lol.
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    « Reply #46 on: January 13, 2014 09:32:34 AM »

    Congratulations!  You are one to the featured projects that ROCKed for 2013.. Grin
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    « Reply #47 on: February 27, 2014 09:25:24 PM »

    What a touching story.  The afghan is absolutely gorgeous!
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