This is a story of an afghan finally finished.
And how it’s arrival helped keep me on my path from an Always-Starting-Things person to also an Always-Finishing-Things person.
My long-time friend, while helping her mom downsize for a house-to-condo move, recently called and said, “My mom started this old afghan and never finished it – would you like it? And her yarn and old craft books, too?”
(I think she also mentioned something along the lines of, “It’s really more your style and colors than mine” in a tone that suggested that she was really not into it. I mean, what’s not to love about this? Haha! )
When I received the afghan, was I delighted with the 70s autumn colors and chevron love. But I was amazed to see that the only thing that was “unfinished” about this afghan was one side of ends that needed to be woven in!
So many questions…
Why didn’t it get finished with so little left to do? Did she get sick of the colors? Was it for someone else and they had a falling out or passed away? Did she have so many other projects and just life going that she simply forgot about it? When it was rediscovered, why didn’t she want it?
And lastly, how sad is it that this blanket sat unused and unloved for 30 or 40 years simply because of a few ends?
How many afghans (and quilts!) sit unused in the closets of America but for a little finishing touches?
These wonderings led me to three conclusions:
1. Time for some fall picnics – this afghan must be loved!
2. I AM going to Finally Finish my own ever-present afghan and not let this occur in my house.
3. Maybe I should have a Finally Finished Party and have people drag out their almost-done afghans? Complete with little award ribbons saying “Finally Finished!!” How fun would that be?!
Now, confession time – Do you have any almost done afghans in your closets at home? They are not skeletons you know…time to drag them out! Please tell me your story in the comments!
p.s. I put up a mini round-up of vintage chevron afghans yesterday if you want one of your own.