College Girl, an Afghan, and a Puppy

Once upon a time, a girl went away to college 650 miles from home. Thinking of her, her mom crocheted her an afghan. Taking into account the lack of washer/dryer in the dorm, her mom crocheted it out of easy-care-but-super-soft acrylic (Caron Simply Soft).

College girl, one of those types who always has to have a blanket on, used the afghan all the time. She covered herself with it while napping on the couch in her shared dorm room. She slept on the floor wrapped in it after she was kicked out of college and before her futon was delivered. She went back to college and wrapped herself in it while writing code at her desk in the middle of the night. She continued to use it through college graduation, a cross-country move, an engagement, her wedding (of sorts), and another cross-country move.

Then a new puppy came into the picture. A very cute new boxer puppy with a bit of separation anxiety.

College girl — many years out of college at this point — thought, “if the afghan was with me through everything, surely it can help puppy out!”

It did help puppy out. But puppy was a puppy, after all. Puppies like to chew. And this puppy really likes yarn and fabric.

afghan holes
afghan trim hole
the holes, the holes!


The afghan sat in a corner of college girl’s basement with the appropriate yarn for repair for three whole years. Three years. That’s three years the college girl lamented that she could not use the afghan her mom crocheted her so many years ago. College girl would periodically pick up the afghan and inspect the holes and sigh, promising herself that she would repair it soon.

Finally, college girl did get around to repairing the afghan.

repaired afghan
hooray! it’s repaired

The repair isn’t perfect — the yarn is not quite a perfect match (though close) and the repair was more difficult than college girl anticipated. It will hold and it looks reasonable. It looks like a well-loved and well-used afghan — exactly what it is!

no longer a puppy
she’s no longer a puppy

The puppy no longer suffers from separation anxiety. The puppy is also no longer a puppy (kinda like college girl is no longer in college). While college girl will let puppy snuggle with the blanket on the couch, college girl will not place the afghan (or actually, ANY fabric ANYTHING) in puppy’s crate ever again.

13 Comments so far

  1. Kristin on August 25th, 2007

    I am so glad that my puppy isn’t the only dog in the world who has ever done anything so awful. I learned my lesson too. Now my puppy sleeps with an old beach towel. Never anything nice, never again! I’m glad the afghan could be repaired, it looks wonderful!

  2. Julie on August 25th, 2007

    You did a fabulous job Jess! Other than the slight color difference you’d never know there were repairs made. At least ‘the puppy’ looks reasonably contrite in the last photo. ;o)

  3. E on August 25th, 2007


  4. Ashley on August 25th, 2007

    Oh, Ging. Good thing it was repairable!

  5. kristina on August 25th, 2007

    Wow! It looks great!!

  6. sillydoggies on August 25th, 2007

    Your puppy is so pretty. I have to keep my WIPs up high in my house. Otherwise, my lab-mix runs around with it in his mouth like he has caught a bunny and is super proud of it. Your repair job looks great!!!

  7. Kris on August 25th, 2007

    Great job on the repair.

  8. gleek on August 26th, 2007

    aw, so glad that the blanket could be fixed! i’m sure that looking at it brings back fond memories :)

  9. s t a c i on August 26th, 2007

    Great story. Love this post.


  10. stacey on August 27th, 2007

    :) glad it got repaired! I’m sure puppy treasures it as much as you do now! though chewed, it got her through the hard times!

  11. Kelly on August 28th, 2007

    Great story! Glad you finally repaired the blanket. I have a pile of “to be fixed” stuff at my house, too. Cute Boxer, too. They’re such great dogs!

  12. kelp! on August 29th, 2007

    Wow, you did a damn fine job fixing it! Although I totally would have done the same put-away-for-three-years deal before tackling the repair.

  13. Holly Jo on August 30th, 2007

    OMG. Your dog is adorable! I can’t even begin to imagine how cute he was as a puppy. Perhaps why he is still living after destroying something so loved?

    Great work on the repair!