Page 51: The zigzag afghan
See a photo of the zigzag afghan mentioned on page 51 of "Marcel's Letters" — along with a photo from 1983 of the day I received the afghan as a gift from my grandmother.
Carolyn Porter, Marcel Heuzé, Books on World War II, non-fiction, Best WWII non-fiction books, Books like Lilac Girls, Books like Sarah's Key, Books like All the Light You Cannot See.
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Page 51: The zigzag afghan

Readers have told me they enjoy seeing photos of events mentioned in the book, such as this moment from page 64. In the coming weeks I will try to post more of these moments/artifacts.

In this post I’d like to show you the zigzag afghan mentioned on page 51. “After washing dinner dishes, I curled into the couch, cocooning myself in an afghan my grandmother crocheted for me when I was a teen. The bold zigzag pattern and bright rainbow-colored yarn clashed with our forest green couch and the muted colors in our home. Still, it was my favorite. I pulled my laptop close and began to read.” Here it is today:

crocheted afghan in bright rainbow colors.


But what I thought you really might enjoy is a much older photo. This photo, from the spring of 1983, was snapped shortly after my grandmother gave the afghan to me. My sister is on the left; she got one, too. Grandmother standing with two granddaughters, each wrapped in a crocheted afghan.
Is there a moment or artifact in the book you’d like to see? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do to post evidence!



Postscript, October 12, 2019: I received a text message from one of my neighbors who had crocheted the exact same afghan pattern in the same color scheme! She wrote, “When I saw your [blog] post I nearly fell off of my chair. It took a minute to realize it was not my afghan.” Regarding the color combination, she wrote, “I bought yarn to match the pic in the patten book. I think your grandmother did the same. ?” With her permission, here is a photo of my neighbor, Karen, wrapped in the afghan she made in 1979:

  • carolyn

    November 20, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Love this story! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nancy Grimes

    November 20, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    I, too, have a zig zag afghan that my grandmother made. I inherited it from my Mother. I came along too late to have her make me one. I am 83 so you can imagine that my afghan is over a 100 years old. Mine is darker, more muted multicolored than yours. Aren’t we fortunate!