As the year draws to a close, it gives me a chance to reflect on what I have accomplished over the course of the year, and while I didn’t (as usual) come close to getting done everything I had hoped to get done, Thanksgiving 2018 has given me the opportunity to be thankful for the many (“very many” some might say) crochet remnants I have accumulated over the years and the opportunity Project Amigo has afforded me to transform them from purposelessness to purposefulness.
Today, hoping to achieve a quick crochet win, I selected a new nine-patch of remnants to work on while I make the additional thirty-two pieces needed to finish these sixteen television test pattern six-inch squares:
As it happened, not only did I not finish crocheting the thirty-two pieces I need to finish the sixteen future rehabbed crochet squares, I also didn’t finish the work on the nine crochet remnants I had selected:
I did get all seams joined, and I did get all of the ends woven in, but I did not get much further than that, and obviously, I did not get a photo of what I did manage to get done.
But Thanksgiving is not about documenting what you got done, and contrary to popular consumer traditions in the United States, it isn’t about shopping, but it is one of those holidays that can be transformative, and among all of the things I am thankful for this year the one that stands out from so many is the opportunity to transform my crochet remnants from a reminder of time spent making something that had no readily apparent use into to squares that are assembled into blankets that both provide the people putting them together with employment and the people using them sufficient warmth to sleep through the night, and all of this has been accomplished one stitch at a time.