Projects and Legends

As this post, my husband and I are on day 56 of our stay-at-home time. We’re still married and are actually getting along pretty well, thank goodness. For me, an interesting happenstance has come out of this time. I’m finishing incomplete projects, like the art project I posted about last month.

And this:

So, there are urban legends and there are family legends. I’m about to tell the tale of one of our family legends. A crocheting one.

When my daughter found out she was pregnant with our first grandchild, I let my joy fill me with enthusiasm. I did what most budding grandparents, at least, grandmothers, do. I decided to make a baby blanket. I don’t quilt, though I admire those that do. I don’t knit. I have, on a rare occasion, crocheted, so that was what I opted for.IMG_1805

I finished the project this week. My grandson, our first grandchild and the baby who was supposed to receive that blanket, turned 28 years old in January. Yep, you figured that right. It took me almost thirty years to finish this blanket. Turns out, I really don’t like to crochet that much.

But I kept at it. I only worked on it when I was in a place of peace and happiness. I wanted to be sure that blanket was infused with nothing but love. I took the project to our annual winter cabins and most of the work I did over the years happened there. It is, and always will be, my happiest place. Surrounded by our kids and grandkids.

But because I worked on it there, I think it became a family legend.

Now, my grandson and his fiancé have their own baby, born in March. A girl who is so adorable and so loved. And because of her birth, I knew I had to finally finish this blanket. It didn’t turn out perfect. Over the years, I didn’t keep a close enough eye on how it was growing, so it got a little out of shape and I had to adapt.

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Even though it’s far from perfect, I feel an immense sense of relief and accomplishment. I should have finished this blanket 30 years ago, but I DID finish it and that’s the hug I’m giving myself today.

And I’m putting the word out. I will not be crocheting any more blankets, thank you. This one gave me 30 years of reflection and love, and that’s quite enough for me. I’m going back to hats and headbands. 🙂

Stay safe, stay healthy.

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13 responses to “Projects and Legends

  1. The child will be pleased to hear the story.

  2. Oh My Gosh Laurie. I LOVE THIS STORY. What an inspiration to all that have these types of thing stuck away in a closet. Very lucky great granddaughter.

    • Thanks. It’s so nice to have it done and pass all that love on to another generation. And to have it DONE. Oh, I already mentioned that, didn’t I? Lol.

  3. Reblogged this on Laurie Ryan's blog and commented:

    Reblogging my post from Over The Backyard Fence. How long does it take to crochet an afghan?

  4. Aww. I love this. AND it was meant to be for that new baby! congrats on finishing it and for the 30 years of love in it. What a treasure. Jillian

    • Thanks. It really was wonderful to deliver it and see the joy, especially on our grandson’s face. 🙂 I’ll admit I shed a tear on the way there to give it to them.

  5. What fun to see you finally finished it! I laughed reading through the story, because I have so many of my own incomplete projects. My weaving group (from years ago) used to call them UFO’s. (Unfinished Objects)
    I enjoyed reading your post!

    • Thanks, Trisha. UFOs, huh? I’ve got some cross-stitches that might well qualify on that, but I’m traumatized enough for this month by finishing the blanket. Lol. And weaving? That’s an amazing talent! I hope you are able to get back to it.

  6. Yay, a family heirloom! Thirty years to finish the blanket? Too funny, Laurie. It looks really good to me and you know what that say…everything comes to s/he who waits, LOL!

  7. Love this story! It will go down in the annals of your family history, and what a wonderful heirloom. Admire you for finishing it and not giving up. 🙂

    • Thanks, Kit. At least I finally got it done, eh? And it definitely gives me a feel good to have finished it. 🙂 I probably shouldn’t talk about the huge latch hook my brother gave me that took me 10 years to complete. Lol a bunch. I’m just not cut out for yarn-related projects. 😉

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