Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Here's the progress on the pink baby ripple. I haven't worked on it for awhile because of swap fun and house fun, but I'm going to get back to it... I think it's probably about 2/3 of the way finished, plus I'm going to do a sc border around the edges in the hot pink... Getting closer :)
First progress report on my blue ripple bag.
The sides are done. This is the main piece of the bag... the masterpiece shall I say? since it has the ripples, in an imitation of the "soft waves" pattern I love on your blankets. There are still 12 stripes to go ! plus the handle, plus the assembling... I'm not quite done yet!
Monday, July 30, 2007
So as the first installment, I will discuss the Ripple. I have made other ripples before, as published on this post. I have also mentioned that the Ripple was one of my grandma's favorite things to crochet and has now become one of my favorites.
Using Jan Eaton's book 200 Ripple Stitches--the epitome of Ripple sources, in essence, the Rippler's Bible--I made an lapghan a couple of weeks ago that is now one of my all-time favorite blankets.
I used a size K crochet hook for this ripple, which seems to be my favorite hook size for ripples lately. I like how fast the blankets make up when I use a larger hook.
I am also working on a ripple in a variegated yarn to donate to Project Linus. I didn't want to have to use another color, so I altered the Soft Waves pattern to give it texture. I crochet in the back loops only of each row to give it depth without altering the pattern significantly. It makes the rows stand out without taking away from the color of the yarn. For this blanket I am using a size I crochet hook, so a few smaller from my normal Ripple hook size. The yarn is so soft and lightweight that I can still stand to have it on my lap during the summer.
More blankets to come on my blog here.
Back to crocheting!
Here is another view, I don't know if the first or this one is a better representation of the color. Purple is sure one hard color to get right on a photo and on a screen:
Not being content to just wait out the last days of the month without a project going, I decided to start on the August afghan.
This one is another from the 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns book. A straight granny stitch type called Storm Clouds. I just happened to pick storm cloud colors too. Black, grey heather and a beige with black, grey and brown flecks. So far everyone agrees that it is masculine looking. I am already about 1/3 done after only about 3 days, or is it 4? Anyway, this one is definitely fast, and I think I can safely say that I will be able to finish it in a month. I am making this one narrow, only 51 inches across. I will probably do 12-14 repeats, so it will be 60 inches long at least.
Susan (aka ZenKnit)
I bet you all thought I fell off the planet.
In actuality I fell hopelessly into summer's thrall. All 3 kiddos home all the time and I have about 3 seconds of computer time daily. Just enough to keep up with invites, scan the comments and new posts and pop onto Ravelry if I'm lucky.
As you can tell, that means the promised blog improvements have been sorely neglected.
I have some exciting news though.
We have a new Ripple Mistress of Magic. Welcome Megan to the NEIS Ripple-Along admin team! She'll be helping with page design, link upkeep, and other general handy type things. If you have links for ripple patterns, online crochet tutorials, or yourself, pop her an email at: cheersmurf (AT) gmail (DOT) com. (y'all know you have to replace the AT with "@" and the DOT with ".", right?) We're hoping to get the NEIS Ripplers page up and running soon, so we can actually check out everyone's sites and other good works. Particularly if you are not keeping a Blogger based blog, pop Megan a note letting us know where we can find you.
As to my ripple progress...the blankets are hopelessly stalled. Even with AC, they are much, much too warm to be getting on with, or lug around. However, have been working on a new ripple for
and it's turning out just grand:
The pattern has to be posted first to the SOS-along, but will share it when I can. More pictures soon too.
...and just why does my ripple need to be portable?
It's likely the last summer my parents will have a pool, so we're taking advantage every chance we get. Big ripples, not synonymous with poolside fun. Ripple socks, on the other hand, poolside perfection.
Have fun, stay cool, and keep those ripples coming!
Your loving HRM, Dawn
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Here we are as of this morning, solidly in the fifth month of progress (read: I've barely touched it in weeks). I figure I'm just over halfway done.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
My BF and I went to a GIGANTIC car show this past weekend. There were over 20,000 people there, all of them VW and Audi enthusiasts. On Sunday, we parked in the exhibition area, where people can show off their cars for an extra $10 and get to park a bit closer to all the action. This is what I found two cars down from where we parked. A big happy brown ripple. I got all excited and just had to have a picture. Hurrah!
yellow isn't that bright in RL. dunno why it looks like that
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Through a constant and diligent effort (HA!), the back of my ripple vest is almost done. I look forward to making the front and then get the two pieces together. I do believe that it will be done in time for the cool weather here in SoCal. Believe is the operative word...
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Perhaps one day I will pick this blanket style up again, but for now it's off to work on Babette for bestfriend's Sept. birthday, Granny Ghan for my bedroom, and some other blanket for my french cousin's 1 year wedding anniversary - any suggestions for that one, by the way? Maybe i'll do a ripple for her? She likes the "heat colours". Loose translation ;)
So, RIP rip ripple.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Here's my latest pic, it's a few rows bigger than last time I posted :)
using my pattern, F hook, and Sugar N Cream cottons--loving all the blues....:D
So I went to Michaels and bought some acrylic in white, black, and lavendar to get started (I figure it's for me, so I can cheap out on yarn if I want). I am going to do stripes in scrap yarn, but a ripple large enough to cover my bed is likely going to use several colors of scrap before I'm done with it. The new colors are so I can work stripes between the scrap colors that will hopefully bring the whole ripple together, as well as tie it in with the color scheme of my bedroom.
I began the ripple with the new colors last night:
I used to do child care in my home, from babies (6 weeks old) to 3 year olds. Whenever it stormed, I would tell them that the clouds were bumping heads, and that God was washing the trees, flowers, etc. It always worked. ;P Anyway, I'm off to do some crocheting.
Happy crocheting to one and all!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Yarn: 5 skeins Bernat's Softee Chunky in Natural
Hook size: K
Comments: This was my first ripple project and now I finally understand why it is so addicting. It's addicting because it just is! Part of it for me was the rhythm that I could get into as I was working across a row. It was very soothing--a kind of yarn yoga. I am already planning my next ripple project . . .
Monday, July 9, 2007
For some reason I was in a crochet mood this weekend, rather than working on Mystery Stole, I devoted myself to rippling - it was fun!
More pics and info can be found on my blog - I'm using Rowan Pure Wool DK with a 4mm hook.
Also, all my previous posts can be found under my label, Keri if you're interested in seeing my progress.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
For some inexplicable reason I caught the ripple bug last year. Must have seen a particularly pretty one and I was hooked (ahem). I didn't start one straight away, I just began complusively collecting ripple patterns in anticipation.
Then my dad decided to send me all my mom's stash (she died a few years back) - boxes and boxes of the stuff! It's still coming. Mostly odd balls of this and that but I did find enough Roly-Sport (lovely squishie stuff) in different colours to finally make my very own ripple afghan. I started it on New Year's Day - haven't progressed very far because I'm also using Mom's yarn to make scarves and hats for all the family and I'd like to get them all done this year.
The picture shows one complete repeat. It's a simple 5 up, 5 down, 5 at the points, worked in the back loop ripple. And I love it.
Details: Pattern: Soft Waves from 200 Ripple Patterns by Jan Eaton (#19, I think)
Yarn: 17 balls of Cascade 220 superwash in various colors. Each color was used three times in 3 rows of dc
Hook: Size H
Finished size 55" x 75"
With this yarn and hook size I started with 195 chains, but probably could have gone a bit wider. The photo at left shows the blanket spread out on my full bed, so it should hang down a bit on each side of CD's twin at school. The length is perfect for him. I am very, very pleased with the results, and I think he is too. While I have enjoyed working on it immensely, I am taking a week break from The Girlfriend ripple to focus on socks.......and lace.
I have a few ripples in the works, but I'll post about this one first. My hubby's coworker is having a little girl in November, which means... Yeah! I get to make a PINK ripple blankie! I love pink, but all my friends and family that have had little ones lately have had adorable boys, so I'm totally excited to get to use girlie colors for once :) Here's the progress with just over 2 color repeats done...
I'm using Caron Simply Soft in Watermelon, Soft Pink and White. The pattern is from Jan Eaton's 200 Ripple Stitches, #16 "Pink Ripple". I think I like it :)
Friday, July 6, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
The yarn being medium and the left-over balls rather small I decided to go for a small project. It's also a convenient way of testing my "rippling skills" before I get on the bigger afgan project I'm deaming of...
So... a blue ripple handbag it will be !
First rows coming soon...
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Here's the white one that I am making for my daughter. It has gotten a little too narrow, so I need to try to add to the sides.
This one is for the hubby and is going well.
This was a baby gift. I added a lining to the back. Talk about a pain....
This is a shirt that I knitted and added a ripple border to the bottom.
Every ones work looks awesome!!!