No I'm not finished hooking the horse and still have more edge whipping to be done on Stacked Birds, but don't want to end up with no plan as in the past. Have considered hooking another Magdalena design or maybe hooking a Granny Donaldson cow blanket design. All her motifs were crocheted by Granny and appliqued to a foundation. She was born in Kentucky April 19, 1870 and died August 1, 1960.
The edit: A couple readers said they were aware of horse blankets but not cow blankets and why were they called that. My first thought was that perhaps Granny lived in an area more populated with cows than horses and cows get cold during the winter too. Also speculated that milking cows would be more productive if they were warmer.
Since I didn't know if that was really the reason decided to research further and found an interesting article.
Here are a few designs by Granny which interest me, but remember I'm a fickle hooker so might change my mind before I draw a design. This design is in the Collection of American Museum of Folk Art.
Below is in the Collection of the Ashville Art Museum.Family and Animal grouping previously sold by Brunk Auctions.
Here is one sold by Case Antiques and have no prices on either.
All the cow blankets seem to have the same theme of animals and family around a tree ~ the tree of life or the circle of life? The blanket below is somewhat different in that it has a building of sorts ~ a grain bin (silo), oversize bee skep?
Me thinks Karen Kahle designed her "Simple Gifts" from Granny Donaldson's Cow Blankets. What do you think? Below is the Simple Gifts I hooked with Barb Carroll.
If I choose a Granny Donaldson design to hook it will be difficult to decide just which design to hook. Or will I decide to hook another Magdalena? Stay tuned to see my options if I choose Magdalena.