Creativity from The Heart: Christmas

Last week, I talked on Facebook how mismatched afghans mean a lot to me as it’s a reflection of my mother’s creativity when I was really young. I spoke about our quilts being made from old clothes without a real sense of design or colour scheming. They were always really warm and most dear to my heart when I think back to my childhood.


Victoria’s Mis-Matched Yarn Box. A reminder of what creativity means to people around us.

Victoria wrote me a letter. With her permission, I can share it with you.

The other day, maybe 2 weeks ago, you shared your story about mismatched blankets and how they touched you.

I was upset, money and medical bills seem to do that, and I was talking to my mom. I spoke about how if the pace I’m going I won’t be able to afford anything.

My mom reminded me how sometimes if you give what you have that’s already enough.

Somehow we got on the subject of Christmas, and she said, “Don’t you have tons of yarn you’re planning on destashing?”

“Of course I do”, I replied. 

“For Christmas you can make blankets or stuff out of that. Everyone would love it!” my wise mother suggested.

Hesitantly I asked, “So you’d like a mismatched blanket?”

“Of course I would. You make the best blankets, they are so warm.” she assured me.

After I hung up the phone I just cried. I came to the realization that it’s really time people care about and my afghans are part of my time, creativity and energy I am putting forth.

So I started today, thanks for the re-affirmation of my mom and the inspiration from The Crochet Crowd, my new mismatch blanket making is now under way for Christmas 2013!



About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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11 Responses to Creativity from The Heart: Christmas

  1. inkpattie says:

    when I was a teenager about 40 years ago, I made a blanket for my dad out of my mother’s stash yarn. It was pretty simple–a row of sc, a row of dc, then a row of dc in white. I thought it was pretty ugly, but my dad loved it and took a nap every day with that blanket. It was the first thing he asked for when he came home from the last trip to the hospital, and it was on his bed when he died. Since it had no meaning to anyone other than him, we chose to bury it with him. It brings me comfort knowing it’s still with him!

    • Sharee says:

      Ok now I am really crying Inkpattie.. Lovely story. Bless you. Sometimes we think that what we make and give to family and friends are not that important. But believe me they are. I have 2 quilts that my great grandmother made, a granny square afghan that my Nana make and numerous things my mother made over the years. They are all very precious to me!

  2. Mel Husbands Auman says:

    I think your idea is wonderful, Victoria! I make stuff for other people all the time, and I love doing it. If someone took the time to make something for me… I’d think I had a pot of gold!!!!

  3. Rachel says:

    I love making blankets with my leftover yarn balls! A couple of years ago I bought a ton of yarn in all sorts of colors without thought to any projects. But when I was going through my yarn later I realized that I didn’t have enough of any of them to finish anything bigger than a dishcloth and I have those coming out my ears from when I was learning to knit and crochet. So I just started an afghan. I have no idea how big it will be, but the kids have fun picking what ball I will add in next! I just go until the ball is done and then add on the next. Having no idea how it will look in the end is half the fun. : )

  4. Lorinda B. says:

    I use up all kinds of yarn to make Scrap-ghans and then I donate to local charities. I pray for those who will end up with them with each stitch I make that they will be a blessing to them. Just donated one to our local Kiwanis yesterday for a family that was burned out of their home.

  5. adwhited says:

    We had a quilt that my great grandmother and great aunts put together from bits of old clothing. I believe they’re called Crazy Quilts. Granny squares are great for using up the leftovers, but if it were me (my leftovers are skimpy as I’ve recently rediscovered crocheting), I would free form pieces to put together. It’s the challenge of putting the bits together and filling in the blanks that I would love!

  6. Terry Granata says:

    I make lapghans throughout the year from my mismatched stash, and in Dec. I deliver them to the county nursing home. I, also make baby hats to donate to local hospital. Love using up my stash to donate.

  7. Anna says:

    I would like to see more of these mismatched afghans because there is such creativity in putting the “mismatched” stashes together….

  8. Jen says:

    I call them “ugly afghans” because there is no rhyme or reason to the colors. I start crocheting and use up whatever stash I can. The bits and pieces left over from other projects remind of the people and reasons I made those projects for over the years.

  9. Laraine says:

    Okay, make me cry in the morning Mikey. Your Mom is a sweetie ❤ her.

  10. Trish says:

    Mikey and Victoria – both of your stories inspired me to use my stash (I have enough to probably open a stash store!) for mismatched afghans. I am also in “financial stress” and crocheting relaxes me. It brings me peace. Sometimes I do wonder if family members / friends even care about the time and love put into each stitch. In the end though it doesn’t matter because I care. I seldom makes things for me. I enjoy giving to others and you reaffirmed that stash works! Thank you both!

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