Thursday, November 22, 2007

What's in a Blanket?

~~~~So here I am.Rumor is that people could not envision me sitting at the beach poking holes into my new fluffy flannel blanket. I shocked you all. First of all it took me time to figure out the right tension. So how was I going to start? My layette was too large and so we cut it down and sized it perfectly that I would gain two burb cloths. With that in mind, I began to practise my tension on these smaller burbing cloths.
Poke 10 holes... twist the yarn, pull it through and keep hooking the stitches together....

Look at the tension in that face. I was concentrating so hard to get it perfect.
It looked crooked, uneven and there were gathers in the wrong places, so I yanked the yarn and it came nicely apart and I started all over again. Those holes sure got stretched.
I don't know how many times, but eventually I finished my project.

Meanwhile my friends ridiculed me, asked me to relocate, told me that I was an embarrassment for them, and they actually started making up silly poems about me crocheting on the beach. Nothing off my back.

Meanwhile a thought came to me...Maybe I could become a fashion designer for new beach cover-ups!! Take a look, it fits nicely around one cheek, leaving a sexy peak-a-boo leg. And because it's double flannel layette it prevented any see-through material disguising any further distractions.

It didn't take long and people actually started walking across the pool to check out what was causing this excitement and commotion.
Then I met Polly!!

Polly became my hero and friend. As you can see, the chairs around me are now empty. Everyone left.
Polly and I shared quite quickly, back and forth about things that matter most. She has been making crafts for 30 years and was so encouraging, inspiring and motivating.
She's even invited me to her home in Utah for lunch and wants to send me more patterns.
It's great to meet new people and share ideas regardless of what others think.

On our final evening I made a presentation to those who scorned me the most, with one of my newly designed fashions customized to fit. Take a close look.
Have any of you women ever gone up a hot stuffy elevator with a man who did not wear a shirt? Oh My!! I knew right now that this man would be the first to inherit a one-of a-kind cover-up so that there were no more excuses for lost shirts.
The two burbs bibs were just the right size, hand stitched together showing the physique of of this well tanned young man. I was hoping he would model without the shirt, but sorry, we're all out of luck. I'm starting to take orders!!
Only the memories exist!!!

"Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."

Blankets can come in all shapes, forms and fashions, but by next week this little fluffy flannel blanket, with all it's hard earned stitches, that only an Oma can enjoy for it's own worth, will be wrapping it's warmth around a precious newborn.

Stay posted..



  1. Oh Marg, It's so sad that you had to endure the ridicule that I fret must have started on my account. If I would have been there we would have poked through it all together.
    Your blanket creations are awesome and I especially like the bro coverup.
    How fun that we're waiting for babes at the same time.

  2. Hmmm...your would-be model looks very familiar? Was he in Hawaii on a modelling stint...or a much needed vacation?

    I'm looking forward to seeing your handiwork & hearing your good news next week!

  3. I now must confess that I was in the wrong....and the opportunities that you have helped to facilitate are beyond belief....I am being sought after by many corporations who seek to fill their "runways!" with admirable models representing only the best clothiers & designers...I have much to be thankful for, including your friendship!

  4. Yes, it is true adorable husband is being called to Paris & Milan...oh, it's a dream! I - always your supporter - on the other hand, think you did an admirable job of the little blanket & burp cloths and hope that you continue to take on new projects while at the beach, with me there to encourage of course! Congratulations on having these ready for the new grandchild....just a couple of more days until you can hold the little bundle! How exciting!


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