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I have a rather old afghan made of granny...
Created By: Mary Lowe

I have a rather old afghan made of granny squares. I have re-sewn a few seams along the way, but otherwise simply let it age gracefully. It has kept me warm on the sofa through bouts of strep throat, after major surgery, and on chilly Sunday afternoons while I watch ice skating or old movies and periodically nod off to sleep, waking when the dog asks to go outside. I made that afghan during the Chicago blizzard of January, 1979, wagging my tote bag of yarn and hooks, scissors, and tapestry needles with me everywhere for two weeks. I worked on it just inside my apartment building door in Elgin while waiting for the taxi I had bribed with double fare to get me to the train station. (My car was buried in snow that fell, and then buried even deeper by the snowplows). I worked on it at the train station while waiting for a train to take me to Chicago, whether the wait was a few minutes or an hour or more, since the trains were not on any recognizable schedule. I worked on it on the commuter train, watching the snow billow and blow as the train moved down the tracks. I worked on it in hotel rooms in Chicago, having gone to the city a day early each time so I would be certain to make it to my next appointment. And I worked on it in the hallways while waiting for my appointments. The only time I put it away was during the appointments themselves. I should not have been working on it at all, but I worked on it anyway. It saved my sanity, helped me be patient during long waits and frustrating times, and gave me a sense of accomplishment during a time when everything else seemed futile. I was a law student, and the appointments were final exams. The blizzard hit during semester exams, and even though the city and all law enforcement and emergency services asked people to stay home, the law school proceeded with exams. Rather than study, I made an afghan. In addition to the afghan, I proved a theory about studying for final exams -- it you have worked throughout the semester, you won't forget it, so get some sleep, go to a movie, play with the kids, etc. And the afghan is still going strong after almost 30 years, many washings, and frequent use. It's a trophy of sorts for making it through the blizzard and through law school.


 
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