Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Blanket for My Mom

My mom has been wanting me to knit her a throw for a while now and here's the thing about my lovely momma: She is the least and yet the most picky person on the planet. She says she would love anything I made, and I know that she would in a way. However, I know her better than she knows herself and I wanted her to really REALLY love it, and so the choice of pattern and yarn were crucial. My mom likes things a very certain way even if she doesn't like to admit it :)
 I wanted to find a pattern that would make a stunning and comfortable blanket that wasn't too plain but wasn't too busy. I also wanted to find a yarn that was washable (very important), soft, and the perfect color. It took a long time for me to find the perfect choices. I ordered many different colors of yarn that ended up not working before finding the exact shade I was looking for. In the end it was well worth the effort. I finally found this free pattern through I used Patons Shetland Chunky yarn in soft teal. 
The pattern wasn't too difficult. It was the first time I had done any cable knitting (believe it or not) so that was a bit of a challenge at first, but as a whole it was a fun project. It definitely wasn't a beginner's blanket, nor was it a quick knit. I didn't anticipate how long it would take, but luckily I finished it just in time for Mother's Day!
I have to say that I'm more proud of the way this cable throw turned out than anything else I've ever knitted! It is exactly what I knew she would want and I was right. She loves it :)
Another fun thing I did for Mother's Day was order cards from! They have cards that are really pretty and then you can add your own photo and personalize the wording and everything. Anyways, I found the sweetest and most perfect old photo to put on my mom's card. It is us walking through Yosemite hand in hand. I am four and my mom is twenty-six, which is my current age. I remember this trip so well. 
Isn't it precious? I'm so lucky to have such an amazing mom and I hope that one day I can be half the mom that she has always been to me. I haven't always been a great daughter, but I'm working on making up for it now so that's what counts right?