Take a minute and think about your favorite blanket. What do you like about it? Is it the color? The texture? The design?
For me, it always comes back to the yarn. I have this afghan that my grandmother made me before I went off to college and it is — by far — my favorite blanket in my house. And I’ve accumulated a lot of blankets in the years since graduation. There’s just something about how the afghan feels against my skin — it’s so soft and snuggly, just like those robes you get at fancy hotels where you feel like you’re being swaddled in a fluffy cloud.
Unfortunately in the years since my undergrad days, my favorite blanket has seen its fair share of wear and tear. That’s why I decided to try to re-create my grandmother’s afghan myself.
The first step: Figure out what dream yarn grandma used. I called her and got my answer: Caron Simply Soft. Then I got a 20-minute speech about how much she loves this yarn. I swear, Caron should put her on their payroll the way she was raving about their yarn. “It’s the perfect weight… the sheen is so great… don’t you love its luster?… I always use this yarn for my shawls AND my throws…you can machine wash AND dry it!”… and on and on and on…
Well, as much as I thought dear old grandma was crazy the way she was carrying on about the Simply Soft yarn, I have to admit that once I got the skeins in my hot little hands, I definitely saw her point. This is some seriously soft yarn.
As for colors, I wanted to mirror the ones my grandma had used since they’re my alma mater’s colors: purple and white (go Wildcats!). I picked this off white color and this beautiful iris shade because I know they’ll look great together and pay tribute to my school without being too rah-rah over-the-top bold.
Now I’m trying to figure out what pattern to use. While I want to stay true to the original (memories and all that jazz…), I also kind of want to try something different, and maybe a bit more modern. My grandma’s afghan was a beautiful ripple design similar to this one, but with just two colors instead of four. I think this design would look great in the colors I chose.
But then I did a little more searching and I found this Country Cozy afghan and fell in love with its bold stripes and chic design. So now I’m torn. I really don’t think I can go wrong with either design, and I know that as long as I’m using Caron’s Simply Soft grandma will approve of my creation. So I guess I’m leaving it up to you: