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M’s birthday blanket


A few months back Margery was coming up on a “birthday worth noting” and a few of us who love her wanted to mark the occasion by knitting a little something. Thus the idea for this afghan was born. Granted, it was a rather insane thing to take on in December, right before Christmas, and with our rather full schedules, but Adina Klein, Carla Scott and I each slaved over our 16″ x 60″ strips for weeks. Margery loves African textiles, so we made that the theme. I picked out the palette in ultra alpaca and then we were each on our own.

Taking the project very seriously, Adina carefully composed her strip of mitered squares and stripes:

Carla wowed us all with her interpretation of African textiles: 

Meanwhile, I was going on the theory that the best tribute to Margery was to try to think like she would. M loves black and white stripes so I threw them in my strip with abandon. I changed colors when I felt like it and I changed the pattern stitch when I felt like it. When I ran out of black, I substituted dark grey…

I rather think Adina and Carla out did me, but I love the finished results and so does Margery. If only I had a movie of the look on her face when we gave it to her!  

35 Comments Post a comment
  1. Marjorie #

    In my opinion the 3 strips work beautifully together! I think if the center panel was too fussy it would not have looked so fantastic!

    March 20, 2008
  2. That’s just stunning. Really beautiful.

    And you could fold it in thirds and make it look three completely different ways!

    March 20, 2008
  3. Deb #

    I really love how you each came up with a different interpretation of African textiles– yet, in the end I also sense a strong Prairie style design component in the finished blanket. I bet FLW would have ‘allowed’ this blanket into one of his many home designs in a flash.

    –a great collaboration, and a lovely gift!

    March 20, 2008
  4. Joy #

    A really amazing WOW! Happy birthday, Margery.

    March 20, 2008
  5. WOW!!! Brava Ladies! Oooh I am LOVING what you each came up with and how they look together… and I can just imagine how wonderfully soft it is, the Ultra Alpaca is mighty fine yarn :^)

    March 20, 2008
  6. DEborah Newton #

    DEAR MARGERY! Happy Birthday! And what a gift– awesome! I have nothing to offer but wishes for decades of happy knitting!

    Your Providence knitting pal,

    March 21, 2008
  7. It is well and truly smashing—— so pleasing on many levels! And good for Margery— I mean a girl turns 25 just once and all!

    March 21, 2008
  8. Candy #

    What a stunning blanket! I love the colours and the patterns and it all works so well. M is one lucky girl.

    March 21, 2008
  9. Eleanor #

    What a gorgeous blanket!! And a great idea! Where’s the pattern for it?

    March 21, 2008
  10. Christine #

    OH MY G—! That is just breathtaking! when I first read, I thought “Oh…afghan….how nice”, but this is such an artful work.

    Lucky you, Margery.

    March 21, 2008
  11. Jenifer #

    I just sat a stared! What a stunning blanket. Margery you are a lucky woman to have such a beautiful present, but more lucky to have such wonderful friends. Treasure both always!

    March 21, 2008
  12. Miriam #

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Thanks so much for letting us see it. It is filled with thought, skill, and creativity. Happy birthday, Margery.

    March 21, 2008
  13. Kate G. #

    The palette is wonderful and the mix of patterns definitely works. It’s a mash-up of textile history. Any chance the three of you will publish the pattern, now that Margery (who is an original) has the original?

    March 21, 2008
  14. Arlene #

    I love the blanket, amazing how the 3 work together, each made by a different person. Will you publish a pattern?

    March 21, 2008
  15. Jo Nardi #

    How wonderful to know you are so loved!

    Would you be offended if I asked you to share the pattern. I have wanted to make an afghan for my youngest son for a few years and until now I have never seen anything that just says “that’s him”.

    March 21, 2008
  16. Kathy #

    STUNNING! But one word can’t describe how all these complexities and simplicities work so well together. We all are fortunate Margery had a BD AND talented friends! Will this pattern or a variation be forthcoming? Normally I crochet afghans but this one I’d start knitting today.

    March 21, 2008
  17. Alicia Barnes #

    Please add me to the list of those hoping you’ll share the pattern! Echo Margery’s comment…

    March 21, 2008
  18. Bev Hearn #

    I’m in for a pattern of this! I love African textiles and I’ve never seen such a stunning combination. I love it!

    March 21, 2008
  19. The afghan is beautiful! Wish there was a crocheted version. Knit or crocheted, it would make a fabulous pattern.

    March 21, 2008
  20. Laurel #

    What an incredible afghan! I’m completely obsessed–I’ve gone back online just to look at it about 10 times today.
    I would love to have the pattern too!

    March 22, 2008
  21. Susan #

    Happy Birthday to you! My wish is that you and your talented knitting friends can turn this into a pattern to share with us. This is indeed a beautiful work of art. You’re fortunate to own this AND to have such caring friends.


    March 22, 2008
  22. Maureen #

    What a fantastic Birthday gift! It is absolutely beautiful. Margery is one lucky recipient!

    March 22, 2008
  23. It is museum worthy! And this is just more proof that I’m on the right track to becoming Margery when I grow up…I too have a stripe fetish…


    March 22, 2008
  24. Rose Metz #

    truly a beautiful afghan! would love to have the pattern. However I can understand that it was created with love and so artistically designed that you may want to keep it a secret.

    March 23, 2008
  25. mtmom #

    Is that some sort of shadow texture I see in the central ocre section?

    March 24, 2008
  26. Carol #

    mmmm, that’s such a beautiful afghan. Very inspiring. I have a friend who loves animal prints who would love this too. Thank you for sharing – what a bunch of great friends you all are.

    (mtmom – I think you are right – hadn’t noticed the texture before)

    March 24, 2008
  27. portlandia #

    What a cool design exercise this turned out to be….it showcases the strength of a pre-determined palette and three creative clever brains.

    March 24, 2008
  28. That looks like it was fun to knit–very special.

    March 28, 2008
  29. missscarlett #

    What an incredible gift!

    Stunning design elements that really work well together. Beautifully done – thank you for sharing it with us.

    March 30, 2008
  30. thiemchan #

    hmmm;I love it and i would have a pattern too….please

    March 31, 2008
  31. Gorgeous. I love the colours, and to have a blanket designed and executed by a who’s who of the knitting world is pretty cool!

    April 1, 2008
  32. I just found this blog, so I’m a first time commenter!

    That blanket is simply stunning (and would be perfect for my living room). I love the idea that it was worked on by three friends for another, that makes it very special.

    April 3, 2008
  33. Mary #

    I just love this blanket, absolutely beautiful. In reading some of the comments, I agree, I would love it if this pattern were for sale. I guess I’ll check your site to see if it’s ever offered.

    May 5, 2008
  34. What an excellent gift that will be treasured forever. The blanket is absolutely beautiful. There really should be a pattern for this you know!:)

    May 16, 2008
  35. Barbara Koffsky #

    lovely blanket – am going to take my available yarn and try to come up with something (not as unique), but my own creation. Thank-you for the wonderful inspiration.

    June 27, 2008

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