|My chippy granny squares, donated to Sarah London's efforts|
last year after the Australian floods
It's been kind of a tough week for us.
First, early in the week, a fellow designer downplayed one of our cousins, the ripple blanket, by indicating that it's only made by crafters with limited stitch skills who "are content to buy their yarn from big box stores." These same limited crafters also only want to make granny squares, according to the commenter - like that was a bad thing.
Then, we were completely devalued and humiliated when that Mr. Hirsch and his sub-par writing abilities decided to call out the Ravelympic's afghan marathon event (among others) as akin to putting down the efforts of U.S. Olympic athletes.
|My pinwheelie blanket from a |
Lisa Naskrent design
Now I know that both parties have apologized and apologized. But even the apologies sounded hollow and only meant to appease. Clearly these individuals do not quite understand that it's how we make others feel that's so important.
Of course, if there was ever a group of fine finished objects that know how to make a person feel good, it surely would be us. Whether ripple or granny square, knit or crochet, there's nothing like a handmade blanket to wrap someone in warmth. We look great in pretty much any room in the house, take to machine washing like fish to water (assuming we're made from the appropriate fiber) and bloom in the washing/drying process (although that high heat setting can be difficult on us).
|George Bailey curled up on my |
NYOBE Water Round blanket,
made from blocks exchanged
with other Ravelry crafters
We also provide a great canvas for fiber artists to hone their craft. Motifs are one of the best ways to learn intarsia, practice cables, explore color combinations, even hone finishing skills.
Can there also be any doubt that a blanket given to someone in need is one of the most powerful ways to say you care?
We do all of this while looking great no matter where we're thrown. And then we patiently wait for you to wrap up in us, and that's when we get to perform the best task of all - keeping you warm, from neck to toe. Heck, even cats everywhere know the best place to curl up is in our unfolded heap on the chair or couch.
|My Mod-on-Mod Frenchtravaganza|
from a Lisa Shobhana Mason design
We're just darn amazing.
We each want to thank you Denise for providing such a great interior that lets us shine, for valuing us by the books you have in your library with our great designs, and for treating us with the respect that all your handmade things deserve. We will always keep you warm and loved.
With all of our fibery beings -
Mod on Mod Frenchtravaganza
Chippy Granny Squares (donated to charity)
NYOBE Water Round Blanket
Your stable of hard-working, handmade blankets and blocks
Check in over at Andrea's blog to find out what everyone else is loving on this Fee-Fi(ber)-F.O. Friday.
|Another view of some of the blocks from my NYOBE Water Round|
blanket (water-themed because of the color of yarns chosen)