I WILL Finish This Blanket!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 8 Comments
I WILL Finish This Blanket!

I’m stuck.  So very stuck.  It’s all the fault of my talented photographer friend.

You see, Susanne, my photographer friend (of 3BeansStudios), asked to take pictures of my shawl.  Of course I said, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!  YES OF COURSE YOU CAN!!!!”  She stopped by my house and snapped a few photos while I tried unsuccessfully not to look awkward.

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Then I saw the photos and I couldn’t believe how beautifully she’d captured my shawl.

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Don’t get me wrong, I was already a bit infatuated with my Holden Shawlette, but once I saw the photos I was absolutely swooning.

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It really was her photography talent, more than my knitting ability, because she captured my shawl so perfectly.

That’s when I decided that I needed to knit a blanket for her to photograph our new baby in.   Susanne had already offered to come and take pictures of our newborn, so after seeing what she was able to do with my shawl I started daydreaming about the gorgeous photos she would take of me holding our new baby swaddled in a cabled hand-knit blanket knit by his own mama.

In hindsight, I wonder though if I’m a bit of a terrible mom for wanting to knit this blanket more for a photo op than for my own baby, but babies never fully appreciate hand knits, because they only think about eating and sleeping and pooing.  Soooo I feel justified in knitting for a photo op.

Except that I just can’t get myself to buckle down and finish this blanket and our Tummy Baby is due to make his arrival in just short 3 1/2 weeks!  <insert panic here>

I keep trying to bribe myself with various tv shows and movies. Photo1-14

Anything from Nashville, to Army Wives to The Hobbit (which is so hard to knit through because I didn’t want to miss anything).

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I love the pattern, even though I’m not typically a fan of cables.  Thankfully I found a great video on knitting cables without a cable needle so I’ve been knitting this sans cable needle the entire time.


It’s a very symbolic blanket to, which you can read about on the designer’s blog post: Levi Blanket.

However, I’m starting to fall out of love with it.  I wish I’d picked a different color, or knit something simpler with a thicker yarn so that it would go faster.  Though I love this pattern so much, I’m struggling to get through the last 1 1/2 repeats.  I keep wandering over to the patterns page on Ravelry and browsing through the lace shawls and cute sock patterns.  And don’t even get me started on the baby hats.

I am determined though.  My house may be a wreck and my fridge empty when this baby arrives but I WILL have a hand knit blanket to photograph wrap him in.

8 Comments

  1. Kerry
    March 26, 2013

    I think we have all had those projects where it takes every ounce of will power to finish. *Sending you fast and painless knitting vibes* How much longer do you have to go until it is done?

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    • The Purly Ewe
      March 26, 2013

      Thankfully only a little less than 1 1/2 repeats of the 80 row pattern. Thank you for the fast and painless knitting vibes!

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  2. Susanne
    March 26, 2013

    Thank You!!!

    The wonderful thing about blankets is that they don’t need to be complete to be photographed!!! :)

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    • The Purly Ewe
      March 26, 2013

      Hooray! That’s a relief! Or wait – maybe it’s bad that I know that because now I’m even LESS motivated ha ha! I think it would be funny to get an artsy shot of the baby in the blanket and then a “keeping it real shot” that shows the circular needles and everything.

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      • Kerry
        March 26, 2013

        Not to contribute to the case of the I-don’t-wanna’s that you have going on with this blanket but the photographer and the knitter in me loves the idea of the keeping it real shot with the baby and the blanket with the circular needles still in it. I can just see the caption now….”mommy’s little WIP’s”

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        • The Purly Ewe
          March 26, 2013

          I love that! Maybe I’ll intentionally not finish it. Although, then I just know that 18 years from now I’ll find myself writing this post all over again when I’m rushing to finish it in time for his graduation.

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  3. Andi
    March 27, 2013

    That blanket is looking beautiful! Well done you.

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    • The Purly Ewe
      March 28, 2013

      Thank you!

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