My dear sister, Joyce Stevens Miller, passed away just a few short weeks ago at the age of 78. She would have been 79 in July. I miss her dearly. I thought it might be nice to make an afghan for my brother-in-law, her husband of 55 years.
As you may remember, I enjoy making filet afghans and particularly afghans that have meaning. With that in mind, I designed what I call a name afghan in her honor. It’s small, about 37″ x 47″, intending to be more of a lapghan than a full-size afghan.
I finished this some time ago but the post office decided it needed to take a journey to arrive at its destination. It went from New Orleans to Baton Rouge (okay so far) then decided to veer off to Phoenix, Arizona then to Norfolk, Virginia and back to Baton Rouge. Finally it reached its destination so I felt safe to post. 🙂 Gotta love the postal system. This is the second time an afghan has gone walkabout on its way there. LOL
Yarn: Premier Everyday anti-pilling 100% acrylic worsted yarn in color Mouse Gray. 203yds / 186m, 4 oz / 113g per skein. Lot number is 11289. I used about 8 skeins.
Pattern: filet crochet, foundation chain 123. H hook. Single crochet border.
I couldn’t get the words to show clearly in one picture so took a closeup of the top section. Note that it’s not a misspelling of “Miss” or “Mrs”. This is how she liked to be known to her students and how she requested I put it in another afghan I made her years ago.
Most important to her in life was her faith and her family. She had two full-time careers. She enjoyed a long career as a teacher in several private schools. She then decided to go back to school and became an LPN. She was able to practice for a number of years before her health forced her to retire.
My sister liked fall colors and I thought about doing this one in a variegated yarn made with those colors, as I’d done with the ones I made her previously but decided the words wouldn’t show up as well in a variegated. For a man I thought the grey would be better.
This is the first one I make like this in one piece. The previous ones were made in strips which I joined together. A friend asked why I made it in strips and I had no answer. I suppose the reason is just because I never thought of doing it another way.
Having tried it, I’m not sure which way I like better. Both have their pros and cons. I only had to make one foundation chain and that is a big plus. However, I did have to rip back a few times as I got confused as to which way I was going. When I work with strips it is 2 dc rows before and after the letters. For this one I needed an odd number of rows between to make it come out right. Another thing is that the strips are small and easy to work with. The lapghan wasn’t tremendously large either but I had to put it aside when our a/c went out for a few days. Too hot to have on my lap.
I got a little sad as I worked on it knowing she would never see it but I know we’ll meet again and she is happy to be reunited with the baby she lost and our parents and many other relatives who have gone before. Best of all, she’s no longer suffering.
All in all, I hope this afghan is a remembrance of a life well lived and a love that was strong.
Love you, sis, and miss you!