Handmade items of any type are treasured. I understand this because I know the time it takes to create them and the love that goes into each one. My parents create all sorts of wonderful items. My Mom likes to sew, knit, crochet, rug hook, cross stitch, embroider, tat, quilt, bead, spin fiber into yarn, paint with watercolors, and cook. My Dad likes to build scale model live steam engines, rebuild cars and boats, invent, tat, cook (especially biscuits and apple pie), make spinning wheels and other tools from wood, and is an all-around engineer. Their creations are precious to me.
So, when I was approached to repair an afghan treasured by a daughter who had recently lost her mom, I agreed to the challenge.
The goal: to fix all of the holes invisibly.
Her mother made this afghan by crocheting wool yarn into motifs of greens and yellow and sewed them together. I knew wool was the fiber content since there were signs of felting.
I went to several yarn shops in my area until I found the perfect yarn. 100% American wool, spun in a smooth worsted weight, and in the right shade of green! I spent many hours on the floor in my living room stitching up obvious holes and shoring up sections that needed some love. Luckily, none of the motifs needed reworking, only the seams needed attention.
The hug and elated face of the daughter when I handed her the finished afghan meant the world to me. She will have many more years of enjoying a treasured item her mother made.