Many years ago, I had a Dad order an afghan for his son. First, he wanted to make sure I was engaged in fair trade practices.
I'm very intrigued about ordering an afghan for Oz. What does that mean, exactly. Who is making it - is some little old lady donating her time? You don't have her locked up in the basement, I hope. Is there info about this on the main site that I should check out?
I gave him the appropriate information and assured him that no little old ladies are harmed (or locked up) in the creation of an afghan. Once he was satisfied with my information, he went ahead and ordered an afghan for his son.
Now, most people will let me know what color they would like their afghan to be and leave it at that. Oh, but not THIS Dad! This Dad deals with illustrations as his job, so he was well prepared for me! I opened up an email from him containing an image. (Oh, how I wish I had saved that image!) In it, Ozzie's Dad had illustrated exactly how he wanted his son's afghan to look, complete with a rocket ship, moon and planets.
Now, I've been hooking afghans for a very short amount of time. I taught myself how to crochet about five years ago and the T21 Traveling Afghan was created in February of 2009. That's a VERY short amount of time in the grand scheme of learning a new craft!
However, I took the challenge and got right to procrastinating in regards to this afghan! Finally, approximately a year after I had received the order, I began making the afghan. I figured I would crochet a basic black afghan and then crochet the other pieces and sew them on.
I had the blanket, edging and all, complete. And then I put the project aside...for another year.
Eventually, I downloaded a spaceship pattern (after extensive searching) and gave it my best attempt. It was an utter failure. The afghan went back into the closet and I procrastinated on it some more.
A few weeks ago, I was determined to tackle this afghan and get it right. After all, it had been over TWO YEARS since the afghan was ordered! (Thankfully, Ozzie's Dad is an awesome individual and has become a good friend!) So, I sat down and I got to work.
Although the color scheme changed from orange/blue to orange/black, it turned out pretty darn well, if I do say so myself!
Note: this afghan is actually square, but I was trying to photograph it while my daughter kept running back and forth over it! Therefore, it looks a bit distorted!
But don't take my word for it! Check out Ozzie and his way cool afghan!! (I mean, the kid has only been waiting half his life for it!)
How adorable is he??
You can learn all about Ozzie and his family on their blog Down With Oz and on their other blog, Down Town Ds!