We all have a place that we hold dear in our hearts – our own ‘Happy Place’. Now you can have two more to wrap yourself in – the Happy Place Afghans!
These afghans make beautiful bedspreads and feature whimsical scenes from some popular happy destinations. The Forest afghan takes you to a dense, geometric pine forest with an owl for company, while the Ocean afghan invites you to share the rolling waves with an inquisitive whale.
As all little princesses grow up to realize, most fairy tales don’t work out quite how we planned. In my case, it was my Brava blanket in Fairy Tale. It was originally conceptualized as one large, granny square design, but a wicked witch cast a spell over the stitches and the square began puckering. Being too busy (i.e. lazy) to start over, I finished the imperfect square and began another one, with the noble intention of piecing a total of 6 squares together into one large blanket.
To begin, I’d like to share an exchange that occurred in a waiting room last year:
Young boy: HEY! What are you doing?
Me: Oh, hey there. You mean this? I’m crocheting a scarf.
Young boy: CROW-saying?
Me: Right, close! I’m crocheting. See, you use this hook to make loops with the yarn.
Young boy: (yells across room) MOM, LOOK AT WHAT THIS GIRL IS SEWING.
Young boy’s mother: Honey, that’s not sewing. She’s knitting.
Public crafting—like anything you do that’s not “staring blankly at the ground”—opens you (and your work) up to an immediate and directed dialogue with strangers; as most of you have experienced, this is both good and bad!
In honor of “Knit & Crochet in Public Week” (which kicked off last Saturday), I’d like to present the best stranger comments I’ve heard over the last couple of weeks (from parks to cafes), all in relation to the same in-progress Brava blanket pictured above