I forgot to share my afghan hound’s redesign over here! His name is Willou, like “willow” but a mix of the names Will & Lou. He’s pretty much some kinda “ideal” pseudo dogsona. He’s becoming his own character but I love him so much compared to his old design & personality from many years ago. ♥
Niloufar, Farsi, meaning lily. Fragrant flowers within the Iranian culture are associated with beauty and softness and gentle femininity. Also a girl’s name to describe the gentle beauty and redolence of the endearing flower.
Last year I decided to crochet an Afghan for myself. Many of you know that I rarely make anything for myself, but that I have a thing….for blankets. I decided that if I were to make a blanket for myself, it would need to be large enough to cover my queen size bed. I found this lovely square/hexagon pattern and decided on black, red, and white yarn. The outcome would be something like a poppy (one of my favourite flowers, right up there, next to Sunflowers) and that appealed to me. So off I went for measurements. After testing the pattern, I found that I needed 368 hexagons. Well, there are 365 days in a year…..368 squares in the blanket….. i said to myself “Self, some people fold 1000 paper cranes as a test of patience. What if we crocheted one square, every day, for a year? Wouldn’t that be fun?” What a naive fool I am. 365 days of crochet ( 3 squares on day 1 to make sure it was the right size). One hexagon. Every day….for a WHOLE FREAKING YEAR!!! Nope…never doing that again. EVER! A square on the day word reached me that a dear friend passed suddenly! A square on the day I said goodbye to my beloved pet! If the walls could talk, they’d tell you how much screaming, crying, anger and frustration has been put into this blanket! However, those walls would also tell you how late we stayed up laughing, sometimes to the point of tears…how many good memories were made while it was pieced together. I look forward to snuggling up underneath it and reminiscing the year 2014. The year of the afghan.
Speaking of vintage patterns - how about this gorgeous one? Available for a wee fee from
PastPerfectPatterns on Etsy, this is known as Grandmother’s Flower Garden Afghan. Check out more vintage offerings via the link.