I made this blanket on Sunday at a friend’s house out of two pieces of fleece cloth. It’s supposed to be a soccer mom blanket designed to keep you warm on the sidelines as you watch your little players chase the ball on the field. But did you notice that instead of the popular soccer ball print, I opted for the ever so stylish and so “me” houndstooth option. Of course!
I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence but in the past couple of days I’ve heard more than one person express that they’re feeling down, overwhelmed, sad, or just generally dragged down by life and people. We all have those moments sometimes and maybe it’s the stress of the holidays that’s bringing this on now.
But what does that have to do with soccer blankets? It just got me thinking about how making a blanket was simply a pretext to get together with friends over drinks and just take a couple of hours out of our busy day to connect with other people. It takes longer than a brief exchange of pleasantries on the street to make that connection. If we take the time and allow ourselves to break through the wall of formality, to decrease our guardedness and to enter the realm of familiarity, we discover who the other person really is.
This is my invitation to you to come sit with me on the couch and make a metaphorical blanket. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this blog is kind of like a virtual conversation with you as if you were sitting on my couch. We’re girls, we talk about clothes, shoes and handbags, but we are also interested and engaged in other topics.
The “plugged in” modern life has a very bad rep but I have sometimes found a more present connection to people through the medium of the virtual social networks than I have been able to achieve “in real life.” And that’s ok. We are all very busy – needing to be in more than one place at a time, with our minds split in even more directions, and with not enough hours in the day. No wonder nobody has time to stop and take the time to connect with people on a deeper level. Especially around the holidays! Unless somebody invites you to make a soccer blanket. Then you have all the reasons to put everything aside and go craft the darn thing (sharp scissors are essential!)
So don’t be surprised if every once in a while I go off on a little tangent – as my mind wanders in a conversation with you that is not about the cozy sweaters, elegant shoes and designer bags. But don’t worry, I will still throw in pretty pictures. Because aren’t they the soccer blanket you need as a pretext to come talk to me?
Here’s a link to a tutorial on making the blankets. I only threaded both layers once through the slit. If you look around you will find many different ways to make this.