I’d like to trade my flu for a fluent flutist!

When I was a little kid, my grandma crocheted a blanket for me out of bright acrylic yarn.

When I hit a growth spurt, she would take the blanket back and add on more stripes, and I liked to think that the blanket was sort of like a tree—you could tell just how old I was by how many colored stripes surrounded its center. (There are 40 stripes coming out from the core, plus a border. And that’s sort of perfect. For the next six months.)

Grandma's Blanket

I always curled up in this blanket on sick days. Today is one of those days. (Yeah. It’s way too small and will probably serve as more of a lap blanket. I really should learn how to crochet so I can add on to Grandma’s blanket without fear of screwing it up.) ((Also, Grandma would LOVE to know that my kids consider this blanket to be a top priority when they’re home sick from school.))

As you may (or may not) know, I’ve been participating in the Laughing Cow Daily Laugh program since July. (Look in the upper right hand corner under my masthead thinger dinger. See the cow? There it is! It’s laughing!) Anyway, I just put up my final Laughing Cow post, and I would love for the winner of the $150 Visa gift card to be a regular reader of Fluid Pudding. SO, if you’re feeling lucky, or if $150 would help to replenish some of your holiday expenses, please come by and comment on this post. You guys are the greatest. ‘ ‘ ‘text/javascript’>

9 thoughts on “I’d like to trade my flu for a fluent flutist!”

  1. I had a ‘sick’ blanket too! My grandma gave my mom several skeins of leftover yarn and my mom used them to make an afghan the entire family treasured. If you were sick, go get under the Sick Blanket. It was bright blue, royal purple and black. Not especially pretty, but I know we all felt a little better covered up with it.

    My very first crochet project was my very own sick blanket. I went through a giant bag of my mom’s leftover yarn and just went to town. It’s quite ugly and enormous (I didn’t know when to stop!), but I really do love it and it’s probably my most favorite thing I’ve ever created!

  2. Ia lso had a sick blanket that my aunt crochet for me (my sister had her own). But the adding a few row things? BRILLIANT.

    Also, I –certified Crochet Incompetent by the Crochet Competence Certification Committee — learned how to crochet granny squares last year (or possibly earlier this year?). It’s not bad at all – I totally think you could do it!

  3. First of all, I LOVE that blanket!
    Second, I hope you feel better!
    Third and this will tell you how un-crafty I am…how different is crocheting from knitting? I guess I sort of thought they were the same thing maybe just a slightly different motion.

  4. Flutists…Flautists….who’da “thaught its” just the difference between the silly English language & the sometimes more approapriate phonetic American language…I have a Granny blanket from way back so that’s gotta be worth 150 bucks…BTW Merry Christmas from Down Under…KAZ

  5. Yeah, well it is 11.45PM & after 5 days of packing TYRRELLS wine orders for the punters so they can have a MERRY CHRISTMAS Approapriate becomes the new Appropriate…That’s all Folks!!

  6. My grandmother was always crocheting something, and now that I am a grown up I wish I had paid attention to something other than how to make an enormous chain.

    Officially adding “learn to crochet” to my life list!

    Also – feel better soon, dear Pudding.

  7. My grandma used to make us that exact stitch pattern afagan when we were small. When I was in college she decided she’d crochet one more for each grandchild and then die (she was a bit depressed). She finished them all and then didn’t die for years and seemed a little disappointed by that.

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