This afghan was crocheted by my paternal grandmother, Albertina “Wickie” Strom. It was given to me when I was very young and I used it for many years.

Wickie created many blankets over her lifetime, mostly quilts, which she donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital for high-risk infants who had to stay at the hospital for extended periods of time.

My family found one of those blankets in her house, about a decade after she died, and I used it as the baby blanket for my own daughter, Evangelina Albertina Avila, who was named after her great-grandmother.


Wickie was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota but moved to Washington in her 30s where she worked for Boeing during WWII. She met my grandfather and married when she was 33. They moved to Bainbridge Island and purchased a farm where they raised their three boys. Currently, their three boys still live on the same plot of land, along with two of my siblings and their spouses, and a total of four great-grandchildren.