My Grandmother Made It

Our son called this afternoon to say “hello” and I asked him if he needed an afghan.

Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.
Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.

He said he’d love to have one.

Two slightly different Navajo patterns.
Two slightly different Navajo patterns.

His great-grandmother made them.

Close-up of the Navajo pattern
Close-up of the Navajo pattern

The only one that’s off limits is the blue chevron afghan she made for me when I went away to college.

My college blanket -- my color preferences haven't changed much.
My college blanket — my color preferences haven’t changed much.

Two of them, the pink/brown and the green/yellow are large enough for a queen-sized bed (which is what he has).

Shades of pink and brown
Shades of pink and brown

Son and wife came over after work and chose, da-da-da-dah,

Spring green, yellow, and ecru in a shell pattern stitch.
Spring green, yellow, and ecru in a shell pattern stitch.

the cheery green and yellow one which is at least a queen size.

I knit this baby afghan about 30 years ago when my boy was a baby.
I knit this baby afghan about 30 years ago when my boy was a baby.

I also still have 2 baby afghans by grandmother: one blue and one white with beaucoup fringe.

Do you keep handmade items from generations past?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “My Grandmother Made It”

  1. Cozy, Pretty, Made with Love! What’s not to adore! My grandmother made these too. She would add a tag that said “Hand made with love by Carmen”. Yours made me go get them out. She also made my baby blanket. They are one of my favorite things in our forever home as well.

    1. I, too, had most of these packed away in plastic zip bags. You’re so right about the love and coziness. Grandmothers are great! Mine has been gone a long time but I miss her everyday. Jo

  2. I have the one my mom made when she was pregnant with me! It was a hot, muggy, Midwest summer and told me she cooked with that thing covering her lap! It’s three shades of green and so lovely.

  3. Isn’t it wonderful to have a piece of the past to reminisce with? I have a few made by my mom and grandmother. I’ve never seen a Navajo afghan pattern – very nice!

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