My Gram Perkins loved to crochet (aside from making bread, canning, gardening, raising kids, and sewing). On those rare days growing up when I was sick and got to skip school, I would stay with my Gram Perkins. Curled up on her couch underneath one of her beautiful hand-made afghans, I would lay there with my fingers twirling her fine crochet stitches. As I would twirl and dream, she would bring a constant supply of freshly peeled oranges from Florida, cut-up peaches from Alabama or any other fruit she had on hand. To this day, those moments on her couch hold some of my fondest memories – being sick, underneath an afghan, eating oranges and in the nurture of my grandmother.
When I opened Norah Gaughan’s Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans, I felt transported to my Gran Perkins’ world.And like a kid, I devoured the book to decide which one I would like to make first. As everyone knows, I am not much of a knitter but can work my way around a crochet hook (and have quite a collection of hooks poised and ready.) I debated about the Greenway (pictured below) as it is so like the colors and style that my Gram Perkins would love. BUT…I think that I have to go with her namesake – the Ethel – pictured above.
And while my Gram Perkins (Ethel Lucille) often crocheted with a nylon/acrylic blended yarn – like the Afghan shown below – I will choose an organic cotton/wool yarn like this. In life, I always look forward to the adventure of it all (but love to return to the comforts of home.) I will let you know how it turns out!