So, what are we going to do with all of these afghans? A lady at mom's assisted living asks me that every time she sees us working on it. We already have a bunch of afghans around the house from when mom and my mother-in-law were in their afghan making phases. What are we going to do with 4 more? The first one, which is kind of ugly and beautiful at the same time and very shabby chic since I kept changing yarns mid-row and wove the ends in, but they all came back out ... it's on my bed. It makes me happy when I look at it. The second one which is much prettier, since we did complete rows and made a fringe on the sides, is on mom's bed at the assisted living facility. She helped a lot in making that one and she's very proud of it. The third one, pictured here, which is in progress right now, I am not sure what we are going to do with. Mom's participation has been less on this one since she's not been feeling good lately and I have been crocheting like a crazy woman on it. It may be the last one mom is able to work on at all and therefore, I am treasuring her contributions to it, never pulling out her stitches even if they are doubled or crooked. :-( It is a beautiful thing and people have seen it sticking out of my bag when I am carrying it with me and asked how much I will sell it for. I am not sure, in the future, if I make one all on my own I may sell it, but not this one. :-)
There is some value in making them, even if we never do anything with them, because needlework has mental health benefits.
To tie this to homeschooling, since this is a homeschooling blog, here is an interesting study on how knitting can help kids do better in school. Maybe I need to learn to knit soon.