Sheesh, it is 9 days until Christmas 2016!  Where has the time gone, last I checked I was catching my breath from our son’s wedding day in October.  I feel like I have missed a whole month.  I know that I cooked a Thanksgiving meal, attended our niece/goddaughter’s wedding that same weekend, and got some of my holiday shopping done with my daughter and daughter-in-law. Then, took care of our daughter after her surgery for a few weeks. But, my how time flies.  Blink and Christmas is just around the corner.

Well, I have come up for some fresh air and a little relaxation today.  While in the waiting room at the hospital and taking care of our daughter after surgery I finished the afghan I was working on.  It was a new pattern, duh – of course it was.  It is amazing how far a simple granny square has come!  This was so much fun to watch take shape.   I was going to donate it to the “Linus Project” but, a young lady that I used to work with just had a baby girl and I decided to give it to her.


The edging is also new to my repertoire.  A new trick for this old dog, lol.  I love it too, it looks like a candy cane.

newbraidedge I will definitely use this edging again.  In fact, I was just discussing this with my husband, Steven.  I have never made a Christmas afghan and I think the time has come, especially with this new candy cane edging.

I love to give afghans as gifts.  There is so much love, time, and affection poured into each afghan/blanket.  Every time they are wrapped around a baby, cuddled up into on a cold day, or just laid over a lap while reading a good book, they are being hugged by me!  I truly believe this because I have an afghan made for me by my Grandma Cirner, by Steven’s Grandma Caldwell, and one from Steven’s Great Grandma Namine.  Every time I cuddle up in one of those afghans, I feel and know all the love that went into crocheting them for me.  It doesn’t diminish after time, it only increases as I remember who made it for me and all the lovely times I shared with them.

So cherish those handmade afghans/blankets, they hold an enormous amount of enduring love, to say nothing of all the memories, warmth, and care that was just for you!  Cyn


About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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