A “Heritage” blanket is a very special work of art! This one was created from the cashmere sweaters worn by a client’s father. When she contacted me asking if I would make some scarves for her, I hesitated, knowing that my vision and a client’s vision is sometimes very different, but we agreed to talk about possibilities.
We texted and I explained there were a number of factors to consider: How many sweaters, how many scarves, how quickly you need them, if there are enough sweaters or would we need to add some, etc.
We visited by phone and agreed there were enough sweaters to make a large blanket. She put them in the mail right away, as she wished to have the blanket before Christmas. She also mentioned that she occasionally wore her father’s sweaters around the house. I was beginning to realize this wasn’t going to be just another blanket.
Because this was going to be created from a particular person’s sweaters, I wanted to know more about him. I wanted to be able to think about him and his life as I worked. His daughter shared that he was 73 when he passed away in 2013. He and his wife were married almost 50 years and that he lost a son in the towers on 9/11. He had a very successful dental practice for 50 years. Apparently he had a huge personality, loved people, golf, food and travel. She sent a photo of a man with a huge smile wearing a bright orange sport coat!
The minute I opened the package of sweaters, I could tell they would become a bright, cheerful blanket! Such wonderful colors!! I hope this blanket will do justice to the memory of this beloved husband, father and friend.