Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Like just about everyone else, I was inspired by Alicia's throw, based on Jane's. I'm glad to see others have been bitten by the bug as well. I hadn't crocheted in quite some time, but I'm loving the soothing rhythm of this work (especially since I'm using one of Bill's hooks.)
I expect that I'll end up mumbling double-crochet nonsense by the time I finish this, as Alicia described here... but for now, it's wonderful.
I'd read - I think it was in the Mason-Dixon Knitting book - that one could combine any warm and cool colors as long as they weren't black, white, primary, or pastel, so I attempted to do a sort of "Mission Falls" palette using Blue Sky Alpacas cotton. It's lovely to work with, fantastically soft... but I'm not so sure of my color combo. I'll keep plugging along and see how it goes. I do have some Mission Falls cottons in the stash so perhaps they'll be my next effort - I'm thinking these things are addictive.
Without further ado, here's my throw so far, next to the magazine featuring Alicia's lovely home:
I also used the random stripes generator tool, and it's so fun! I'd encourage anyone interested to take a peek. What wonderful things there are on the 'Net!
Loving everyone's photos - thanks for sharing.
Stasia At Yarn And A Barn
Ah, ha! Sorry for the nearly double post, but I was determined to figure this picture thing out. Thankfully, I noticed the correct buttons. This is the ripple baby afghan I am nearly finished with. I would prefer a brighter colors, but these are available locally (a euphemism for Wal-Mart) in baby sport yarn. When I get yarn for my granddaughter's blanket, it will be worsted and hopefully, brighter pastels.
I'm excited to be here. I'll be purchasing yarn for a new ripple this weekend, probably. One of our little granddaughters will be 6 this summer and I'm thinking she would love a colorful "blanket" for her bed. Pastels, centering around lavender to match her bedroom, hmmmm? In the meantime, I'm nearly done with this ripple, a baby blanket for another grand, scheduled to arrive this summer.
ETA: OK, how does one post a picture on this thang? Lemme see... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v389/homekeepinggran/Crochet/BabyRandomRipple.jpg Well, perhaps someone can give me a tutorial on posting pics. I've uploaded the same pic twice, but it's not showing up. Help for an aging brain?
Thanks to Kim:
My eternal thanks for accomplishing feats of rippledom beyond my meager,photoshop deprived technical skills. Now go snag 'em baby!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I had thought about using the Random Stripe Generator, because it's soooo fun to play with, but, as I'm too lazy and cheap to buy more color ink for my printer, I decided on closing my eyes and grabbing a ball of yarn. I think I'll get the same effect. I was unhappy with it at first, but somehow that last stripe of green made it all better. I'm trying to keep a running list of what types of yarn I'm using, mostly so I can keep track of how much I'm using. Like I said, it's all acrylic or acrylic/ wool blend, which is just fine with me since I want to be able to throw it in the washer anyway. So now, a picture, and then off to try to write this Spanish paper. Why won't it write itself?!
PS: I've researched how to make a button for us, but it appears to be beyond my knowledge...
I found this knitalong through Flickr. I have been coveting the blankets on the Vintage Stripe Blanket Flickr group, but was able to hold off from starting one for a while. I finally succumbed to it last week even though I have many projects on the needles. This blanket is so addictive.
I am using 8 colors randomly. The yarn (Caron Simply Soft) is from my stash. The stitch pattern is "Soft Wave" from 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns by Jan Eaton. 147 stitches
In that post she links to The Random Stripe Generator at Kiss Your Shadow. Now this my dears is some thing seriously fun to play about with. Serious time black hole, but whee! Have fun!
Monday, February 26, 2007
ETA: How wide are you making your afghan, and how did you decide?
Saturday, February 24, 2007
I'm off to a good start. Decided on the lattice chevron pattern out of Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet. As I mentioned, I'm hoping the open work will be accommodating of the differing yarns I have to work with. The edges may be a bit rough,but I'm OK with that. I'm using a K hook, Boye aluminum if you need to know or care. So far I've worked up one ball of the Pehuen cotton, a scrap of Classic Elite Encore and now have some plain ole cream kitchen cotton hooking up. Since I'm a hopelessly lost color combiner, the stuff I pulled out of my stash is all blues, browns, creams to coordinate with the Pehuen. That way it really doesn't matter how it comes together, it should all work.
And oh yeah, if you want to ripple along, drop me your email at :
and I'll send you info on how to join the blog.
Friday, February 23, 2007
So. That frog pond. The one hiding behind the living room chair. It's mine, and until this very morning it held my biggest shame:
...until my rummagings unearthed it and b.i.n.g.o. I love the yarn, but know I could never make a garment I would be happy with out of it...but a blanket, a blanket would make us both oh so over the moon. Further delving brought out a surprising amount of taggers-along:
That's her fab creation at right. She's "The Musee". See, when I emailed here with this idea, begging to link to her page and use her image, she gently directed to the one that set HER on the ripply path, her friend Jane at Yarnstorm. (again, fab creation at right) Now run to see HER post: on the crest of a wave. COME ON people, who doesn't want one after seeing THAT? Ripplish perfection in fabulous yarn no less! There is no doubt the gal has some mean color-combining skillz. Dare to dream. So she wins the muse-y crown for kicking it all off, even though she didn't know it at the time.
I threw a comment to Kim, linked on my blog, she threw back. There was some whining about perhaps not having the appropriate materials in one's stash. She blessedly talked me out of the "progressive" idea...oh the depths of despair at having to send the ripply cozy comfort packing...SHUDDER! And the loss of all the mindless, soothing rippling...DOUBLE SHUDDER! Weak moment I guess. Thanks to Kim for bringing me back to my senses.
...and she then she threw in the "no end in sight" concept and it clicked into place. No need to have a large stock o yarn on hand...it grows as you go. Start with what you got and progress along with those great odd balls on clearance at the LYS, the to die for scraps and skeins left over from the perfect project, the frog pond hiding behind the living room chair....you get the idea. Now go diving and get hooking!