It was probably early 2011 when I began delivering Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, the N3 route in west Bradenton, Florida. There were so many wonderful clients, each an individual, each one so interesting. One couple was Rose and Bob. I remember their red PT Cruiser.
In time, Rose moved to assisted living for a while and then left this world. Bob knew that I enjoyed needlework and asked if I would like some yarn and “things” that had been Rose’s. When I accepted his kind offer Bob gave me a plastic bag of items. Some yarn, a few needles and such. Several days later he called and said he had found some more. This time two garbage bags full of knitted pieces and days after that some more bags. When I examined the bags, I had received what must have been years of knitted pieces of work. Rose must have knitted a skein of yarn to pass the time and then bound the piece off and started another skein, another color, another type—time after time.
My first impulse was to unravel the knitted pieces into balls of yarn that I could reuse, but then I rethought this. Maybe I could repurpose them somehow. So, into two large storage bins went all of Rose’s pieces of knitting and up on the top shelf of my craft closet. Funny how time passes. Off and on over the following years I would think of all of Rose’s work, patiently waiting for me, there high on the closet shelf. In April of 2020, Meals on Wheels PLUS emailed an article about the need for lap robes for clients. I remembered a time years earlier when I had crocheted probably 25 afghans to distribute to clients.
Now I wondered, is this the time to bring down Rose’s stored knitted pieces? Yes, it was. This is the story of crafting each Krazy Afghan. First, I would select and arrange Rose’s knitted pieces to compose a size of roughly 38″ by 50″. Using yarn, I would then temporarily join (baste) several pieces together and finally, hand sew them together. I crocheted a decorative boarder to finish the afghan. Oh yes, to actually complete the Krazy Afghan, there is the “weaving in” of the many loose ends and finally machine washing and drying.
These afghans are truly unique. They are colorful, random, and functional art work. When they are distributed to clients, I believe Rose may actually be looking down and be happy that her work has finally come to good use.