The other day, I was digging around in my studio and came across this afghan I’ve been meaning to photograph for some time. I have always loved afghans in general but, when I came across this one in a thrift store almost 15 years ago, my heart skipped a beat.
I actually acquired the pattern for it many years before I found the afghan itself, and I always thought I’d like to make it. But, my own design career kept me busy, and I never did attempt it. Now that I have this one, I most likely never will, choosing instead to admire the one I already have.
In the grand scheme of things, I have seen more elegant afghans with color schemes that are more suited to today’s decor, but there are several things that I admire so much about this one. The sheer scope of it is mind-boggling. Once the dense, crocheted background is completed, the embroidery would take nearly as long to complete as the basic afghan. The design itself is brilliant. Flowers are one of the design elements that are closest to my heart, and I have been in love with horses all of my life. I’ve even owned a few. As you can see by the date in the lower right-hand corner, this afghan is quite old. I was a small child at the time it was created, well before I learned to crochet. At 55 years of age and made of wool, it is in very good shape.
What saddened me is the value the thrift store placed on it…a mere $12.00! I wish I knew who created it but I hope whoever she is, wherever she is, she somehow knows that I greatly admire and appreciate her work.