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Oh the Afghans my Fingers Have Worked

31 Oct


Judy Wills

I have mentioned in other musings that I really love to crochet!  I taught myself to crochet, but took lessons to learn to knit.  Unfortunately, nothing I knitted fit!  I could knit to gauge, but when the garment was finished – it still didn’t fit!  It was either too big, or too small.  Just never worked.  So I have done more crocheting than knitting, and have a great pleasure in it.

When I was learning to crochet, one of the main patterns I saw was the “traditional Granny Square” afghan. 

It is made with left-over tidbits of yarn, in no particular pattern or color, but always bordered in black.  While I love the look, I have never made a “traditional” Granny Square afghan.  Perhaps someday….

For some reason, I started making afghans – more for gifts to friends and family than to myself.  Not sure just why, but I remember the first one I made.  We were living in Panama City, Florida (actually Tyndall AFB) and had met a family through our church.  I became very close friends with the wife of the family.  When they were about to move from Panama City back to their hometown, I wanted to do something for them that they could enjoy, and perhaps remember me (our family) when they used it.  I found this pattern and liked it. 

 Lynn and I went to a yarn shop in Panama City to try to match the colors of her couch, which we did.  I purchased a lovely yarn that was 4-ply, worsted weight (size), but was nice and light.  When I finished the afghan, I found that I had nearly enough yarn left to make another one!  And so I did – one for me.  Here is a picture of that afghan.  It sat on the back of our couch for many years – and actually it reminded me of Lynn and her family as much as I had hoped it would remind Lynn of our family.

1987 – Seaford, Virginia – Judy and Janet on our couch – the afghan behind us

And so, I found that I would make an afghan for wedding presents through the years, in this same pattern.  I used many different colors, but the same pattern.  My favorite color pattern was dark chocolate brown down to an off-white or cream color.  I made quite a few of those colors, but have no picture of any of them.  I did find another pattern for a small lap afghan, and had enough brown-tone yarn left to make a couple of small ones in that yarn.  I gave them to our church to give to a mission project we did.

My Aunt Jessie wanted one in that pattern, so I made her one in tones of pink.  I made one of the same colors for our Karen. 

I made one of burgundy shades for our Janet. 

I made one in shades of royal blue for a nephew and his fiancé (no picture).  I made one in cream with a stripe of dark rust to match the couch of my best friend, Sue.

So, you can see I’ve worked a lot of afghans in that pattern.

But not too long ago, I found this pattern in a book.

While I liked the pattern, I wanted to make a smaller afghan for our Karen – sort of a “half” afghan.  Her husband, Brian, likes to sleep in a cold room, so I made a small afghan in just white and aqua just for Karen to cover herself when the room got too cold.  

And so, when I looked at that pattern in the pattern book recently, I thought to myself, “that looks really pretty.” 

But when I purchased the yarn to make it like the picture, I again thought to myself “how can these colors possibly go together???”  But now that I’m working on it, they go together amazingly!  And bordered by white just makes the colors “pop” out!  This one will be a wedding present, as well.

This is such fun!  I am so glad to be able to work these things!  God is good!

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Teddy and Praise Dancer

7 Dec

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Author, Poet and Artist


My pal Onisha and I sometimes get into writing letters as they were written earlier in our lives. Now they seem old-fashioned because of the way we meandered when we wrote them, but since it’s almost Christmastime, we thought you might like another glimpse at the way things were.


Here are a couple of our old friends. Teddy is on your left and Praise Dancer on your right. I imagine you figured that out.

Teddy and Praise Dancer


Onisha: Adorable!!  Are these friends at your house?

DiVoran: Yes, they live in the scriptorium. Mother crocheted Teddy’s clothes. I’ve had him since I was five. That makes him sixty-two years old, and he’s an excellent listener.

Onisha: I wondered who crocheted Teddy’s outfit. How wonderful that you have been able to keep Teddy and his clothes all these years without loving him to pieces.

It’s wonderful to have him. Mother crocheted two outfits when she was here one year, so his clothes aren’t vintage. Mother could just look at something and crochet it, but she never figured out how to follow a pattern. Crocheting was the way my mom kept her sanity. We can all use a pastime that will do that for us. She made decorative pillow covers, granny patterned Afghans, and lap robes for the nursing home. When she was ninety, she crocheted butterflies and attached magnets so you could put them on your refrigerator. All friends and family had something she had made, but only Kewpie Doll has this little set.



Onisha: People like that have an inner eye that can see how things go together. It is a gift. What is the story behind Praise Dancer?

DiVoran: You are so kind to ask. Sure, Praise Dancer has a story.

When Julia Cameron wrote another book after “The Artist’s Way,” I rushed to buy it. One of her assignments in “The Vein of Gold,” was to, “make a creativity doll.” That’s how I got Praise Dancer. With a few items from the Craft Department she became something besides a cotton body, curly hair from a package, and a bit of tulle and paint. She and Teddy have been good friends for about twenty years. Poor Raggedy Ann used to be Teddy’s best friend but she now lives in the old doll cradle with the “Winnie the Pooh” gang. Alas, although Praise Dancer doesn’t have a heart she is still a sweet girl and she loves the Lord. I suspect she dances for Him when we are sleeping.


Onisha: Praise Dancer does not need a heart on the outside, it shines on her face

DiVoran: Here’s Teddy and Raggedy Ann, they were so glad to have a visit during the photo shoot.

Teddy and Rageddy Ann


DiVoran: Thank you for saying Praise Dancer was loving as well as beautiful.


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