(I’m sure that’s not the politically correct..)
I’ve found myself admiring these crocheted beauties at thrift stores here and there. These three were picked up this week on trips to ARC and Goodwill ($2, $2 and $6). I think I love them so much because I know I would never, in a billion years, finish one myself. That is, if I knew how to crochet.. Which I don’t. I’m positive I don’t have the patience for that.
I’ve picked up a couple blankets over the years at random thrift stores but 3 in one week is quite unusual, even though they seem to be in abundant supply. They were just too good to pass up!
I do have criteria potential blankets must meet to be considered for adoption. I can’t just acquire any old scratchy abomination every time I see one!
How to shop for afghans:
1. Good looks. The pattern and colors must be aesthetically pleasing. Any ones will do as they long as they are pleasing to your eye. Be warned, there are lots of atrocities out there, but even those become less offensive once you learn to love their maker’s “creativity.”
2. Touch test. Crocheting a gigantic blanket (or even a medium-sized one for that matter) takes a lot of yarn. Good quality, soft yarn is very expensive so many are made with cheap, lower quality yarn that is itchy and scratchy and scratchy and itchy. Beware, even the most beautiful blanket won’t get used if it’s not something you’d want to snuggle up in. Unless you just want to display it somewhere for everyone to see but not touch, in which case, snatch that baby up.
3. Good condition. I always wash my used blankets a couple times on the hottest temperature they can handle before use, but I do an in-store check for any damage or stains that look too tough to remove.
I didn’t mean to be a collector of granny blankets but somebody has to love them, right? And not just grannies!
Do you collect thrift store afghans or do you go one better and make them? Do they all get use in your home?
Tell me about your thrift store adventures!