“Baja California”

I grew up in Southern California, where the influence from our southern neighbor, Mexico, is everywhere. The sweater that makes up the middle of this blanket I actually got at a resale shop in San Clemente. It reminds me of a childhood trip to Rosarita Beach in Baja California, Mexico. My family and another family (close friends!) all piled together in one wood-paneled station wagon, TEN of us and all our luggage, and drove the three hours to a trailer on the beach. Our parents told us kids we could only buy what we could carry home on our own lap. I chose a shiny brown-glazed ceramic piggy bank, decorated with pink flowers, as big as a small real-life pig. A fine choice.

“Baja California” (Size: 61″ x 70″)

This blanket has already gone to a good home.

“Sweater Weather”

This blanket reminds me of my days as a schoolgirl in California. Fall was definitely sweater weather. In fact, so was winter. I mean, the sweater was usually the top layer because coat season just wasn’t that long. (I’m in the Midwest now, where the coat goes on top for way too much of the year!) To go with my sweaters when I was in elementary school, my mom sewed some circle skirts out of beautiful plaid wool for me. I loved to twirl in them and make them go all wavy around me.  Hmmm…the wool, the sewing, even living in the Midwest where both my parents grew up — it’s all coming full circle.

“Sweater Weather” (Size: 50″ x 60″)

This blanket has already gone to a good home.