Reed’s Blanket

Fresh from its first wash last week, Reed’s Harvest Moon Blanket ​is clean and ready for another round of snuggles. I remember so fondly the day I bought this yarn. I was halfway through my pregnancy, and we just found out Reed would be a boy (and not a girl, as I had not so secretly hoped). After our appointment, Husband so graciously dropped me off at the yarn store (the one and only time this has happened) so I could pick out yarn for a baby blanket.

I went with a Sublime yarn (I forget the base…it’s been three years now) in the Froggy colorway. I remember each stitch from that summer as I worked the blanket, perhaps the most important project I had ever knit. So full of anticipation and wonder. Guiding my emotional preparation for my biggest job in life so far: motherhood.

In it’s first rendition, this blanket stayed mostly in the car, where I would snuggle it over Reed in his car seat when we drove about. Then came the frightful day when I looked back to find he had (intentionally) snagged one of the yarn over loops and was pulling and pulling and pulling. With great delight.

I nearly ran us off the road. I was so horrified.

My advice to future baby blanket knitters: avoid patterns with nice lacy elements. They are enticing for little fingers. Even though they are beautiful and fun to knit. Stick to simple knit/purl patterns only. Minimize temptation and spare yourself the future torment.

Reed turns three in December. He is full of words and thoughts. Ideas of his own. Last night before bed, he asked what a desert was, having recently learned about the cactus plant. I calmly explained all about the ecosystem attributes of a desert, highlighting everything I knew about cactus. I was so proud of myself and my momentary display of patience so late in the day.

Then came the question: do camels eat cactus?

Well, my dear. That is a different kind of desert.

Life can be so complicated.

Since its great wash, this blanket has been living on our sofa, despite the lack of color coordination. Reed fondly calls it my blanket! and snuggles in it with great delight. It’s getting more use now than it did in the car. Although I am just waiting for the next snagging event. I know my naughty little bear. He just can’t resist temptation. Already, he knows mistreatment of hand knits is the quickest way to ruffle my feathers.

Aw, motherhood.

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  • Reply Jennie August 17, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Beautiful blanket! I know I must be weird, but I think crochet baby blankets are preferable to knitted ones. My kiddos always got their little fingers stuck in knitted blankets like a Chinese Finger Trap and it was unpleasant. There’s so much less stretch with crochet that it’s never been a problem. Although I do admit, I have a weakness for beautiful, lacy and snuggly things…

  • Reply IamDWJ August 17, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Well, even though I knit a lovely chevron patterned blanket for my godson, full of knits and purls, he decided he liked the yarn so much he wanted to chew on it. Now that too will make you almost want to run off the road!

  • Reply V o n n a August 17, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I wondered about the wisdom of this on a recent shawl/blanket I made. The couple fell in love with it and the lace bits aren’t as many but, any hole is an opportunity to snag. Time will tell. I did give it to them wrapped in a nice amount of leftover yarn just incase it’s needed.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 17, 2015 at 9:06 am

      What a good idea to wrap gifts in leftover yarn for patching. …not that my friends would ever be so capable or organized, less their hearts, but at least the intent is there.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise August 17, 2015 at 9:41 am

    gorgeous blanket and I love the photos that go with such a treasure!!

  • Reply knittedblissjc August 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

    what a beautiful blanket, but your advice sounds so very wise- pretty lace and tiny fingers are no doubt asking for monkey business! It is a beautiful blanket, though. Looks like he loves playing with it!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 17, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Monkey business indeed! It helps to remember that nothing in this lifetime is permanent…so fleeting is all, including knitted blankets.

  • Reply peddlersusie August 17, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Somebody loves their blanket! And it’s just beautiful. I’d say it has held up perfectly considering the little fingers pulling on it.

  • Reply Andi August 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I love everything about this post. Made my day…thank you!

  • Reply Annie August 19, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Holy Moses, I think I would have had the same reaction! My little angels have systematically taken apart amigurumi critters I made for them, so I feel your pain. But it seems you’ve both recovered…and both Reed and the blanket are gorgeous!

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