Swans Island is currently hosting the Swans Island Legacy Contest. The prize is a hand woven throw worth $690. It looks amazing.
To enter the contest they ask that you share the story of something that means a lot to you. Whether it’s hand crafted or store bought, whether it’s something that’s new but really special or something that’s been passed on for generations, what is it, and why does it mean so much to you?
Of course, I’m going to enter. The throw is gorgeous, how could I not?! But, I also thought I’d share my item with all of you as well, so here goes.
This is my “blankey”, crocheted for me by my grandma. I was born in Japan, and my grandma came to Japan to be with my mom when I was born, and I assume she brought this blanket with her. As a young child I took my blankey with me everywhere, and couldn’t imagine going to bed without it.
One time when we were still living in Japan we flew to the US to visit my grandma and the rest of my family. I accidentally left blankey behind on the plane. I was HEARTBROKEN. The plane went on to Atlanta, and I cried “blankey went to Georgia!”. Luckily blankey was promptly sent back on another flight back to Portland and we were able to retrieve blankey from the airport the next day. But I can still remember, that was a rough night without blankey. My grandma tried to give me a white shawl to sleep with instead. I was not fooled.
Blankey now sits in a plastic bin under my bed, along with Brian’s crochet blankets from when he was a kid. It’s been almost ten years since my grandma passed away, but every time I catch a glimpse of my blankey in the plastic bin I think of her.
Blankey was well loved and shows many signs of wear. I’m not sure what the yarn is, but it feels to me like a cotton/nylon blend. Somehow, it survived many years of being dragged around from room to room, country to country.