Friday, 5 October 2012

Grateful

Grateful for Minimalism, Op Shops, & Clever People!


Look what I made!! Ok, technically I didn't actually make it, but an unknown clever and patient person did, and I am so very grateful for it!

As mentioned in my previous post, we went camping last week, but I think I forgot to mention that come night time, it was freezing! Oh yes, and the tent we bought last summer..not so good in the cold weather.  But mostly, due to my husband's minimalist approach (to everything) and a complete lack of room in the car, we didn't take enough blankets, so I certainly froze my tooshy off that first night, ending up with an extra 2 layers of clothes on.  As luck would have it, the nearest town was but a fifteen minute drive away, so off we went the next morning (my sister-and-law and I), on a mission to gather warm blankets for the remaining two nights of our camping trip (chocolate too, along with water, bread and other stuff you're supposed to take along apparently).

Within about one minute of entering the town's local op shop, I snapped up a couple of handy beige flannel blankets, but when my sister-in-law pointed out this crochet one, I have to admit, I hesitated at first.  I've had all intentions of crocheting one myself, did I really want to buy one someone else made?  Hmmph, who was I kidding? I'm still struggling to finish a granny square cushion I started at the beginning of winter!  Needless to say I relented, and purchased the piece of snuggly, retro goodness, glad I did too, it is lovely to snuggle under with my first coffee in the morning, the kids adore it too.

Even though some other clever, patient person crocheted the blanket (thankyou whoever you are), it no longer feels like someone else's blanket.  The smell of campfire has replaced the smell of mothballs (can't bring myself to wash it yet, plus I have enough washing to do as it is at the moment), and there's memories in there too, stories, from our wonderful camping trip. Oh, and I will make one of my own..one day!

What are you grateful for this week?

Joining in with Maxabella over at Kidspot for 52 Weeks Of Grateful

xSam




14 comments:

Elisa {With Grace and Eve} said...

So entertaining Sam! Great read! My grandma used to make blankets like this for us and they really do keep you very warm xx

happylan said...

It is a gorgeous blanket - what a find! Great post.

Shelly - Tropical Mum said...

I love crocheted afghans. They're the best for curling up with on the couch on a chilly winter evening. I started one a few years ago, specifically for that purpose (it does get cooler in the evenings in tropical winter), but never finished. I really should pull it out and complete the last few granny squares.

tahlia @ the parenting files said...

Totally agree! Gorgeous blanket!!!

Leanne said...

My Nan used to make these blankets too. Love it.
Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

Sarah Evans said...

I love the blanket. I did manage to make myself one but it took ages. I am grateful for it now though as it keeps me cosy on these chilly evenings.

Sarah
http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk

Sally said...

I am so glad that you bought the blanket. I see them often in the op shops and it breaks my heart a little every time. Knowing how much work has been put into them I am left wondering why they've been tossed aside. I am so glad that you have adopted one, you who knows and can appreciate just how much work has gone into it. And already it is a member of the family. Too good to be true. You've brought a smile to my face.

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

I love the blanket! Both my grandmas used to have a blanket like this and when I see them it brings back such great memories!

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky said...

It's just gorgeous, and reminds me of my grandma. She made one of these for all her grandkids :)

Naturally Carol said...

Little did that stranger know that you and your little ones would be appreciating her work like this and snuggling under it! Loving that blanket...and you can never have too many..the more the merrier!

Sam said...

Hmm, there seems to be a theme going here, Granny, I'll bet someone's granny crocheted this one! Sadly, I never got to know either of mine, they both passed away when I was very young, but I'll bet they crocheted or knitted a blanket or two in their time, what a nice thought!

Maxabella said...

There is something just so comfy and warming about a crochet blanket. I think it's time I forgot about the long-held goal of crocheting one myself too. For a start, I don't know how to crochet and for another start, I never start!!

x

Deb @ home life simplified said...

laughing at your minimalist hubby - loving your blanket though! freezing in a tent is not fun (am sure the chocolate helped too)

rockmelon recycled said...

love your story, great family memory.