Tuesday, January 28, 2014

GRANNY SQUARE WARMTH

On Sunday afternoon our furnace thermostat went out; and in our small town there is not a furnace repairman to be had on a Sunday evening.  I knew we were in for a cold night as the temps outside hovered just above zero degrees.  So, I was pulling out all of the wool coverings I could find.  There is nothing like wool blankets for warmth.
 Among them is this granny square afghan that belonged to my grandmother.  Neither she nor my great-grandmother crocheted, so it must have been a gift; or perhaps since my grandfather repaired sewing machines, a barter.
 
 I know that it dates from at least the 1940s because I remember napping under it as a child.  It is made from all wool yarn scraps; as opposed to the granny square items made in the 1970s which were primarily acrylic or polyester.
  
  Whoever made it was a master as the tension and each stitch is perfect.  I love the red border around it.
 The afghan is large and contains 168 granny squares.
With the afghan and the wool blankets made years ago from my family's sheep, we stayed quite toasty! The furnace repairman had the thermostat fixed by 9:00 Monday morning.
Hope you are staying warm.

Party time at the following:
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks
So Much Better with Age for Give Me the Goods Monday
Confessions of a Plate Addict for The Scoop Tuesday
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Vintage Tuesday

6 comments:

Marilyn said...

Staying warm with such cheerful colors would make that night go more quickly. Only one thing wrong with that idea is the lack of light while you are sleeping.♥♫

A Few Pennies said...

Beautiful colors and still so vibrant; our pipes froze this morning and husband was not very happy to say the least; hope you getting warmer now and this winter ends quickly!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I have recently fallen in love with granny square quilts! I have collected quite a few, to sell and to keep. I would love to learn how to crochet one. Yours is so pretty with the red border! Visiting from Share Your Cup Thursday.

Sue said...

This is a beauty....I love how they used black to piece it all together...I always get amazed by all the fabulous stuff you have from your family....It's a different time now...The day we are no longer here the daughter and Miss B will have the world's largest garage sale. We'll be lucky if they save a photo!!

Jann Olson said...

Sally, what a priceless treasure! Can you imagine the hours of work that went into that? I love the red border also. So glad that you had it to bundle up in. A cold evening indeed! Happy to hear that it's all fixed! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Debra Oliver said...

this is so fun and colorful, love it paired up with the plaid blanket!!