I’m a huge fan of the granny square and lucky for me I’ve got a real life granny who likes to make them. When each of her grandchildren went to college she made us an afghan in our school colors — that would be 9 twin sized afghans. Plus, I have two other twin sized afghans she made for me during my childhood. Assuming the same production for my siblings and cousins that’s 27 afghans for her grandkids alone. She is always making granny squares. So, last spring when she was visiting I hinted that both urchins would be in big-kid beds by Christmas and they could use some granny goodness to keep their tootsies extra warm.
Much to my delight the hint was taken. While the urchins opened their gifts I commented how the colors were perfect to which she replied, Well you told me what colors to use, Jenny — she’s one of the few people left in the world who calls me that. Okay, so maybe I did a little more than hint but sometimes it pays to ask for what you — I mean your kids — want.