Along the way, I have learned new stitches and techniques with each style of blanket. I learned how to make long stitches, granny squares (SO many!), block-stitches, and ripples. Blankets take such a long time to complete, and it can get really monotonous. Having the challenge of new stitching techniques as well as frequent color changes has helped to keep it interesting!
It has been a fun year creating such special gifts that my children will be able to use even through their adulthood. I made all of them large enough for that very reason. These are a one-time thing for me! I still have an afghan my grandma made for me when I was a child, as well as a baby blanket my mom made. Now my kids cuddle-up in them. They carry so much meaning to me. I hope my kids will enjoy theirs just the same.
I am curious about other people's experiences with Afghans. Have you made any for personal use, or given them as gifts? How did the recipient react? What patterns and colors were used? Have you received any as gifts? What occasions were they for? I would love to see your pictures, if you'd like to share!
The Happy Recipients! (one more to go.......)