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  •  I crochet "Love Blankets" - yes, they (6+ / 0-)

    are just ordinary crocheted afghans but the tale behind the first one is what made it a 'Love Blanket.'  One of grandsons was born early and had skull bone issues requiring a helmet, and to boot, the little dear was a colicky baby, he was a first baby too.  His mother, who is utterly NON-maternal, did not bond with him well; fortunately our son has bonded well with both his little boys and is the primary care-giver.  I crocheted him a medium-kid-sized afghan in his chosen colours [shades of green, white and navy blue] and called it a "Love Blanket" - I wrapped him up in it and hugged him when I gave it to him and told  him that every time he snuggled into his Love Blanket, he would know that he was loved.  I wanted it to be a refuge of sorts for him.  His Love Blanket is on his bed all year round.  I've since made "Love Blankets" for nearly all the grandchildren, only three more to go. They are all eager to get them and seem to regard them as having 'arrived' at some special place.

    "In Youth We Learn...In Age We Understand"

    by Jbeaudill on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 04:28:15 PM PST

    •  There is no question (4+ / 0-)
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      that things made by hand have a different feel to them.  For want of a better word, they have spirit.

      I've been thinking that it would be a neat thing to create a marketplace for handmade things that could be donated to good causes.  For example, instead of donating money that would be used to buy a given item as cheaply as possible from a big box store, chip in toward a share of a beautiful handmade item instead.  That way, the gift would give twice -- once to the artisan, and again to the charity.  Think:  blankets and clothing to women's shelters, furniture, blankets, lamps and pottery to Habitat for Humanity, toys for homeless children and the elderly (to play with their grandchildren), quilts for veterans, etc., etc.

      I may put up a diary about this idea.  I think it would be a mini-stimulus, in a way -- "prime the pump" so to speak in a small, mood-setting way as to getting our country back to making things.

      •  I think your ideas are true to the point! I hope (2+ / 0-)
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        you will do your diary on the beauty and spirit of handmade things.  Just as with email, the day will come when a handwritten note will be a high tribute and bespeak a love.
             I've sewn crocheted hearts and initials and even a rainbow onto my afghans, it just depends on what the little one wants to make it a special 'love blanket' for them.  One little grandson wants a dump truck; I'm still working on crocheting a dump truck to sew on his afghan.
             The handmade item is a gift of time and love, that is what gives it spirit.

        "In Youth We Learn...In Age We Understand"

        by Jbeaudill on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:27:41 PM PST

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    •  I've got yarn on order (4+ / 0-)
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      for a cotton afghan for my mom-in-law; she likes to have something on top of her when she naps but the afghan a friend made her is too heavy because dad-in-law keeps the heat up super high (he gets cold really easily because he's so skinny). I figure a cotton one will be lighter, and will wash up easily and be really soft. Plus I've been wanting to work with the new Red Heart Eco-Cotton (it's made from the mill ends of T-shirt material that would normally just be tossed); hope it works up well. :)

      Civility is the way of telling someone to go fuck themselves in such a way that the someone agrees it probably is a good idea.

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:37:30 PM PST

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      •  Good for you! (2+ / 0-)
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        It will be something she will treasure.

      •  Eco-cotton sounds perfect, light-weight and (2+ / 0-)
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        with a good feel to it.  I always liked simple cotton camp shirts and now I find the manufacturers are adding lycra which I cannot abide.  The Eco-cotton afghan for your mother-in-law will be a treasured gift I'm sure.  I've suggested to sons and daughters-in-law, to just keep one of their afghans folded or draped on sofa in family room or bedroom for easy use for a nap etc.  My yarn colours are always chosen to harmonize with colours in room or that the daughters-in-law wear.  Thanks for the tip on Red Heart Eco-cotton, I'll check it out, T-shirt material should be soft and easy care too.

        "In Youth We Learn...In Age We Understand"

        by Jbeaudill on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:24:25 PM PST

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