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 ravelry.com. 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 shutterfly.com! 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? 

12 comments:

  1. Ashley, you are amazing! The blanket is incredible! Wow. You're very talented. And the card is such a great idea! So cute :)

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  2. Ashley,
    I love the blanket. Your mom will treasure it. My mom made me clothes for my Barbie, and I still have them today. The color you chose was perfect...so soft. You are so talented.
    ~Love, Sheri

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  3. Anything with SCHAR..we know it is " SS"...and PEDOPHILES.

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  4. Hi Ashley I have followed your blog since yesterday only but I want to congratulate you because it is so fun! You're incredible in knitting (I'm a completely disaster)and your mom should be proud. I haven't been a great daughter for a long time too, but now I'm on the way of becoming better!

    Love, Úrsula

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  5. hey Gorgeous! I love that blanket...:) You are so talented...How much are blankets anyway?

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  6. What a gorgeous picture and throw! My sister just came to visit and was crocheting a blanket for her little girls bed. I am in awe of you ladies that can do that. I'm not there yet! Love the color, it does looks soft!

    Megan

    I've missed coming around her! Love your header and is that you now with dark hair? Oh so pretty!

    Megan

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  7. Oh wow, it is just so beautiful. I love the colour yardn you chose too. So pretty.

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  8. So somehow I lost your blog address when I lost my old blog. I am so happy to say that I've rediscovered you! Your blog is even cuter than I remember, Ash!

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  9. Hi Ashley,
    Thanks for stopping by. Jess has decorated her home so cute. It's not a very big space, but it's homey. The pillows she found at JC Penney. She has been looking around for months and didn't see anything she liked. The lamp I bought her for her birthday, and I got it at Pier 1 Imports - one of my favorite places to shop. I really wanted one too, but I didn't want to spend money on two lamps, so I just admire it everytime I go see Jess. This blogging thing is a new adventure for me, and I really enjoy it. Jess is a big help as she comes up with alot of cool posts, like the flamingo one, and Nel always gives us ideas we can use too. They are going to do a "Paris" one pretty soon. I hope you and Matt are doing good. They all went to the Harry Potter movie today, and are sad cause it's the last one. Check out Jess' "Harry Potter" post tomorrow. Love you so much,
    ~Sheri

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  10. Ashley,
    I love and cherish my beautiful blanket so much!! It is so perfect for me and you do know me more than I know myself LOL. You have always been the daughter that I dreamed of and I wouldn't change a thing. The mistakes we make growing up, makes us the people we are today and you are the most amazing woman that I know. I love you so very much,
    Mom

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  11. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

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