Saturday, March 31, 2007

1/4th of the way & Treasure

I think this is coming along very nicely - I am now over 1/4th of the way and I just love how the colours are going together. This is such a relaxing pattern - I'm using Susan B's ripple that is posted here at the site.!

Here is the link to the first ripple I made - it's all sc but has beautiful peaks

Friday, March 30, 2007

two more treasures and #3 started

No pictures I'm sorry, but soon! I started with brown, then am going to do cream. I'm using the gentle ripple that I figured out by counting stitches in Jane and Alicia's pictures! I have also ordered the 200 ripple pattern book.

Here's a couple more links I found for patterns:
Crochet Zig Zag

first ripples

Hi! I just joined this group--this is my first real crochet project, I'm more of a knitter. I got the pattern for this ripple from a book from the library--simple crochet, I think? I used some dishcloth cotton, mostly sugar and cream and peaches and creme. It's great looking at all the inspiring projects! I'll have to start a bigger one immediately.

I'm naming her Peggle

I am naming my ghan-child Peggle. You know about Peggle, don't you?

peggle - very addicting!

Peggle (the game) is very addicting and as you can see, colorful. Just like my baby girl ghan child.

Here is my baby so far:

Peggle, my crocheted ripple afghan

I may be done after this weekend. If the weather stays like this (cold and wet) I am pretty sure there will nothing much better to do than to keep crocheting on it her Peggle until she is done.

I did the best I could to get a crane shot by laying her on the floor next to the stairs. But then I had to crop the photo so that it wouldn't take up the entire screen.

Not sure if the colors are appearing quite right, because frankly after you look at something so wildly colorful, everything looks kind of odd.

Susan (aka ZenKnit)

Another Baby Ripple

While we're saving up for our wedding, I'm trying not to buy new yarn. The No-End-In-Sight Ripple-Along is the perfect thing! I had no idea what to do with a ton of leftovers from another project that I over purchased for. There's not a lot that can be done with pale pink and blue, so a BABY ripple blanket it is! A friend's baby is due in about six months, so this is the perfect thing to do.

This is a shot from shortly after I started:

Baby Ripples

And this is from today:

Baby Ripples

(click for big)
I'm glad to see everyone's color and pattern choices - there are some great ideas out there!

two pretty patterns!

really interesting wave pattern
and another
ripple romance

edited to add: i had print outs of these and thought to find them and post links *before* dawn's treasure hunt post! ha! great rippling minds . . .

Nisa's Happy Ripples - Day 5

Ripple, Day 5 - happy colours
specs: H (US5) hook, 2-ply worsted weight wool,
New England Highland by Harrisville Designs

I'm on day 5 of rippling now. I haven't been able to work on the blanket as much as I'd like to. I had to run out today and get 4 more hanks of wool in the colours I'll be using most. I've decided to use only 1 shade of green in the blanket because the other greens were either too dark or too olive-y for the girls' room. The blanket is wider than I had estimated it to be for a twin-sized bed - it's 60" long (I'll edit this post later after I count how many stitches I made the chain). It could probably have been a couple inches narrower and still had some room to drape over the sides of the bed.

Ripple, Day 5 - flowing like a river

I thought everyone was nuts when they waxed all poetic over rippling, but now I'm a believer. I love this project.

Yarn Porn

Sorry everyone. I've been a naughty rippler. I haven't posted any progress pics of my 'ghan, yet I've been working on it, on and off for little over a week now. Hopefully I'll slap a pic of it this weekend. It's about halfway where I want to be... so I've got a ways to go.

Okay... so the title of this post? Yarn Porn? Well everyone... salivate over my "find." The local dollar store has Lion Suede on sale for a buck a skein, when you and I both know it retails at around $5.99 a skein elsewhere. Yesterday I bought up about 15 skeins, and today I bought 30 more. I might just go back there this weekend and finish up gobbling up the remainder in the bin (I tried some restraint today). My total savings (so far): $225.

What on earth could I possibly use all this Lion Suede for?


Advice please

Okay, I mentioned 300 chains to start my queen size blanket, projectedn size 90" x 90". Those of you making blankets this size - how many chains did you start with (thinking width of bed/blanket here). TIA!

I had my gray, pink, green, orange, cream wools ready, but adding it up needed more yarn, so I dug out ecru, brown, a little tan, and some more gray to add to it. It will have a lot more neutral color now, but dh will like it better I think. There are 4 more ecru and 2 more gray not shown here. I think it's going to be pretty, but huge! :-)

ripple scarve

my ripple scarve is finished!

well... it's not blocked yet, and actually, it is a bit short and i am quite tempted to unravel and start again... but still, my first finished crochet project in the last 8 years or so! (the last one was a coin purse made from parcel string, lined with a scrap of checked cotton, i was a student on work experience in ireland at the time and had a sunday with no plans and a little bit of homesickness)

i used a 3.5mm hook, and i think i crochet relatively tightly. like some others, i had problems because i didn't know there was a difference between US and UK crochet, unravelling perfect US dc's because i saw an instruction for UK dc's, then unravelling again when i realised that it just didn't look right!

i still have two 50g balls of the cashmerinosilk and one merino, in a sage green, plus half a ball of the fuchsia merino. maybe i'll start another one and make it longer this time.? I only got 8 rows out of the 100g of grey at this length, so the next scarve would have to be narrower again...

maybe somebody out there can tell me, the chain that you begin a crochet piece with, is there an equivalent (i.e. same width) for finishing? the two edges on the scarve aren't quite the same width because of the base chain, but a single crochet row at the end of the project is too wide.

New Rippler

Hey, everyone!!! I'm Missy, and I am a new rippler. This is my first successful crochet afghan. I am using a single crochet ripple pattern, and although it's quite tight I am really liking it. It was going to be a bedspread but it really shrunk up so now it's going to be a throw. Nice work every one. Thanks for letting me join in the fun!

Riss' Ripple - Start of day 3

Good morning ripplers :)

Today starts day 3, and a much smaller yarn stash. I've raided my Mom's stash too for different colors. I'm in serious need of some reds or pinks. I found a small ball of this beautiful mauve color, but its probably only enough to go once across instead of twice. Bummer.

Anywho, here are some new pictures. I've added the white, black and camo yesterday. This morning, I do believe i'll be adding a different shade of green from an afghan that i'm never going to finish. It was all shells of treble stitches and those are completely evil. EEEEVIL. :D After that, i'm probably going to add a beautiful light blue and browns verigated. Not sure what'll go after that. I'm a designer, so I can't just pick randomly. I'd only end up changing my mind afterwards. :D

As requested, I'm using a size K hook, and various yarns. Red Heart super savers and One pounders of pretty colored acrylics. I can't afford something nicer :\ It's going to be large enough to fit my king size bed in the long run, and measures about 9in so far.

Do you ever get going along... counting 6 and then 3 and then 6 and then 3... get into a nice groove... and then look back and realize you've forgotten to increase or decrease? I hate that...

I couldn't resist sharing this photo with you guys. I have to take my pics in the window because my room has like no good light. My cat jumped up there to sniff the outside. Pushed me right out of the way.

Happy rippling everyone!


I'm going away for a bit, but here's a game for you!

Howdy Ripplers!

In the name of the almighty family vacation, I head off to parts warmer than Minnesota today. That means things from my end are going to be a tad slow. I will make note of that in the sidebar, asking anyone that needs something to leave a comment with their email address. I won't be able to get my home email while I'm frolicking in the south, but will be able to hopefully pop into the blog a few times.

So. That's that.

But I have an idea.

I was popping about some blogs like I haven't had the chance to since all this ripplyness started. And guess what? Ripples are EVERYWHERE. Really. There are stories all over of crafters picking up the hooks and kicking back with the ripples. My heart went pitter pat, as it usually does, when I clicked into the Yarn Pirate's blog to oggle me some yarn...and found her rippling!!! **GASP** Turns out she crocheted as a child and all the ripply goodness has brought her back to it now. HOW FUN IS THAT?!?!?!


And it got me thinking. And sometimes that's good, and sometimes that's bad, but hey I think this is one of the former. What say you to a RIPPLE TREASURE HUNT? Venture out to find the ripple, wherever it might be living on the web. And bring your treasures back here to share with all. Label your posts with "treasure hunt" pretty please, and most likely toss that into the title somehow too. Don't go stealing pictures now, but give us links to blogs or Flickrs or whatever. THIS IS GOING TO BE SO FUN!!!

And one more request from the ether...when you give updates about your projects, can you include your yarn choices and hook/needle sizes? Inquiring ripplers want to know!

So, I'm off my dears. Will check in when I can. Happy Rippling!


I'm New Too!

Hmmmm. I have no idea what just happened to my post. It came up all funky and numbers and ampersands and stuff. That'll teach me to go foolin with the html code.

Anyway, what I said was, Hi, I'm new, I'm naughtydebbers' sister, I'm jealous cuz she's here and I'm not, yada yada yada.

Cut to the chase, here's the pseudo-ripple I finished most recently:
And here's the Salvation Army Store mystery yarn special I started yesterday.

I'm just happy to be here.

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Hello everyone! I just found this CAL/KAL last weekend, and decided it was the perfect stash-busting activity. I taught myself how to crochet about 10 years ago, and have that many years of leftover/unused yarn in my ever growing stash. That was part of the reason I gave up craft-purchases for Lent (surprisingly difficult!). So, this project goes along with that just fine.

The other night I ransacked my apartment and amassed this giant pile of yarn (with which my cat was fascinated - I almost couldn't get a picture because she kept blocking my view!). Granted, this is the pile of similar weights. I could probably make another afghan out of the remaining bulky yarns I didn't pull out. But, first things first.

I started the no end in sight afghan on Tuesday night, and decided to go with the random striping method. Okay, not really a method, as I'm just closing my eyes, diving into the bag of yarn (no, I didn't leave it in a big pile on my floor, though it was tempting) and pulling out whatever my hand closes around. I decided I'll do repeats of 2 rows, if I happen to choose the same yarn 2x, but no more than that. Already, I'm dreading the weaving in of all those ends, but I think I'll stop every few rows and force myself to take care of them.

This will definitely be interesting...and hopefully the color scheme will not be hideous. There seem to be an awful lot of pink shades in my stash, which isn't what I would have expected. I look forward to sharing my progress with you guys, and checking out all the great finished projects!

Can I pick your brains again?

Ok, I've found my "magic pattern and color combo" and I'm rippling away. But silly me decided one row per color change...and by goshI've never had so many colors changes in one project in my life.

Normally I just knot my two colors and keep going but on this one the knots are obvious. I'm worried the whole thing is going to unravel after loving, little boy abuse. And I'm literally tripping over thread tails and getting tangled up like crazy.

What method are you all using to change your colors? And how the heck are you dealing with weaving in with those gazillion ends?

Andrea's ripple

Hello I am Andrea thanks for letting me join. Here is my ripple so far the first color is chocolate, then choco cherry, then winter white, as of now I am on the second set of white rows I havnt measured it so not sure how long it is but I know its the longest one I have done yet.

rippled *mat*

this thing is so dense! it will end up being about 30 x 40 with 10 balls of LB Watercolors. the yarn doesn't show the ripples very well, but is rather pretty . . .I'm going to chain about 300 and start my queen size wool blanket next!

Another Newbie

Hi, my name is Kimmie, SAHM to 3 one w/special needs. so i needed a hobby to keep me sane. lol I just learned to crochet about 2 months ago from my sister. only made 1 blanket so far. Then i was looking for new patterns to work on and came across this site and fell in LOVE!!! Everyones work has inspired me to try, and i must admit, i'm addicted. I've failed quite a few times already and started over many many times. here is what i have so far.

this is my current piece i'm working on. started this morning.we'll see how far i get before i mess this one up

this is my 3rd attempt. i have no idea what i was thinking, guess i stopped counting on one edge went flat. oops

Trishy's ripple

Hi all! I am Trish and I just joined up. I am a knitter but I saw this Ripple-Along through a friend's blog and was just obsessed. I knew a little about crocheting, enough to get by with some basic edging for my knits but I needed to learn a little more for this. I had someone come and teach me last Thursday and on Saturday I started my ripple. I am using the discontinuted Cotton Ease colors that I bought way to many skeins of a couple of summers ago. This will be for my 5 year old son who asks almost hourly if it is ready yet. I am doing a little knitting while I work on this. I'm not good enough at crochet that I can crochet while watching a television show or anything yet.

Thanks for letting me participate!

Riss' Ripple

Hi everyone, my name is Riss. I'm on day two of my ripple. I found this blog Tuesday evening, and got started around midnight. I got my chain done, but called it quits about the time my eyes got bleary. I've been going strong at every moment ever since. Boy is this addictive.

I'm about 4 stripes into it, with two rows per stripe. I'm using a size K hook and various worsted weight yarns. It's going to be able to fit my king size bed in the long run. It's going to take a while, and a lot of yarn, but it'll be worth it. AC Moore is having a big 20% off yarn sale starting Sunday. We all know where a chunk of my paycheck is going... *wink*

Anyway, here is the start of my ripple.

oooo, oooo, oooo, check out this blog!

OK, I can't possibly be the only one that thinks the photos posted by "maryse" are just too, too gorgeous.

Can I?

If you doubt, run now to check out her blog, bag 'n' trash--home of monster yarn, and you will most certainly doubt no longer. She is just plain good. Good photographer. Good yarn-aholic. Good overall person. Check it out.

(and WHOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Somehow we broke the 100 member mark when I wasn't lookin'. We've got near 110 ripplers on board! And about 25 invites hanging open. How cool is that? We're our own ripple phenomenon!)


Hi y'all, I'm Mary. This is a photo of me taken in 1979. See what's on the back of my chair? My grandmother made that ripple afghan. She crocheted a lot, lace dresser scarves, ponchos, etc. (My mom made my Lanz-style Christmas nightie.)

I recently learned to crochet and joined the granny along (yes, that was me who also posted a photo of myself wearing a granny vest). You know how it is when you are learning something new and you get just a little obsessed. . .

I'm making a twin bed-sized ripple for my 6 yo ds. I'm using Caron Simply Soft and the pattern is from Jan Eaton's Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques, called Double Crochet Chevrons. Ds' favorite color is green, which will make up most of it, along with some blue, red and tan.

I love seeing what everyone is working on, it's so inspiring.

A little progress

This afghan is really testing my color sensibilities. I don't know if I've ever worked on a project that used this many colors at once. My 7 y/o has claimed the afghan as his and the colors make him happy. He is even helping to make the decision as to which color to use next, and I'm thrilled to give up the job. I'm sure the next one I make will still be colorful but more muted shades. I want to feel relaxed when I look at it. That said, I'm still happy with the pattern and the process.
I just received Jan Eaton's book from Amazon yesterday and I'm already dreaming up future projects. My neighbor has asked for help to choose a pattern for an afghan for her grandbaby. There are so many great choices in this book that I'm sure we'll come up with something.
Keep up the great work everyone!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

day 28

it's been 10 days since i last showed you all any progress, and that progress has been minimal. i'm halfway through, having crocheted 1 band of 2 rows per color. i don't really feel any love for this blanket in person, but i really like it in pictures. go figure.

halfway ripple


the blanket is 5 feet wide. based on my calculations i'd planned on being able to crochet 3 2-row bands per color, but i'm only going to be able to get 2. the yarn band lies.

Day 2 Update and needing some feedback

I worked on my ripple last night and had a idea. This is for a baby boy; originally I was going to just do white, light blue and darkblue, repeating that pattern. But after I finished the dark blue I suddenly wondered if that would look boring and thought one single bright color thrown in would live'n it up a bit. So I ran out at lunch a found this bright green and rippled a bit while I ate.

This is what I have so far. And this is the pattern I want to repeat; white,, d. blue, green, d. blue, and white again...

I bugged one of my co-workers for her opinion, she liked it. But I'd still like some more opinions. What do you think? Do you think it's working? Does the green "pop" in the middle of that dark blue?

"the single/double/triple thing"

We interrupt your rippling for a moment of International crochet clarification. (many comments on this lately...)

Crochet is one of those places where "American" and "British" get themselves in a bind.

It goes something like this:

single crochet = double crochet

double crochet = treble crochet

treble crochet = double treble

Here's where I get confused. What is a US slip stitch in UK? I have no clue. I imagine it must be the same thing. Or half double crochet, is it called half treble? And what about chaining, is it still chaining? I think it is. And is there a British single crochet? What on earth is it? Ooo, maybe it's hdc! Chime in you over-the-ponders, inquiring minds want to know! (and if you're in New Zealand or Australia, which system is common to you?)

Anyway, that's why it's good to know where your pattern is coming from. It can all get very wonky if you don't.

All of the colors...

...are now a part of this thing. And again I've been having trouble with the internet, so once more I have pics that are a few days old. The beginning of day 18 (Monday)looked like this:

I finally got to add the first stripe of cream, the last of my nine colors. I swear that cream in Zara is the softest of its whole range. It's absolutely wonderful to work with. I've since added a couple more stripes, and I hope to be able to add a couple more today. A stomach bug has kept me from work for the better part of this week so far, so I've got the time, but I don't know if I have the energy.

On a side note, I'm wanting to finally get a stitch dictionary. Which is your favorite? Any suggestions?

Gooberheads: my blog


Oh lovies, I'm one sad, sorry Head Ripple Mistress.

I had FINALLY gotten back to my round ripple. Just cruising along. Loving the yarn. (Fantasy Naturale mercerized cotton.) Loving my hook. (Back to my cool Boye aluminum I after a winter of warm bamboo.) Loving the wavy ripple Michelle made for me. (Go see.)

Came to face the fact that I'll be needing another hank of each of the blues to do what I imagine. Not a big deal. It's like $5 a hank. Will have to wait until after vacation though. Before I zipped it back in to it's bag to wait it out, I spread it out to snap a few pics to share.

Or I tried to.

Can you believe it? My ripple rumpled. I haven't had this happen before, but I must not be increasing fast enough. I've been working increases every-other row because it seemed like it was increasing too fast, but now I seem to have the opposite problemo.

I don't believe I'm going to have to rip another ripple. I think I'm ripple-cursed. Some HRM I turned out to be!

Hi All,

I had written and then I think it got deleted, I'm new to this writing on the blog. Anyway, I'm so excited to be part of this. Ever since my Mom gave me this ripple afghan in October (she bought it at a fair), I've been wanting to do something like it. I have been admiring it for a long time, it's beautiful. It just as great as any piece of art in a museum. When I saw the Ripple-Along, I knew it was time to start on my own 'masterpiece'.

I love starting and finishing projects, but this one is more of something to work on when I have time; I have a 9 month old daughter who I like spending time with :) And I have plenty of clothing items I want to make for summer. So this afghan will be done it's own time and we'll see together what it will become.

I'm using pattern "strata" from '200 Ripple Stitches'. Everyone's ripples look great and inspire me. Thanks Dawn!
Happy Spring.
Melinda in St.Louis

New Ripple 4 me

Sharp Chevron from Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet in LB Watercolors Bright Clouds. I have another batch of Woolspun also to be rippled, but then No More Looopy Yarn! But this is working well with a Boye N hook which is about the same gauge as a Crystallite L!? and the plastic was difficult with this yarn.

I currently have 3 batches of yarn to ripple. This project is so perfect. Like another recent poster I need the blankets and have this stash I haven't known what to do with. :-)

I can understand the keeping on topic argument, but it sure is fun to share some past pretty ripples. Here is one more from me, another feather-and-fan knit from chunky yarn. Too big and weird colors to really use, so I don't quite know what to do with it.! :-)

Oh, and this pattern is really easy for any new knitter (like me!!) just one pattern row and three regular rows (2 knit, one purl). Try it!

Just a Rippling Away

Hi Everyone,
My name is Necia and I'm ecstatic to be here. I was minding my own business last week, just a blog hopping as usual when I came across this beautiful ripple blanket. I was on Posies blog, and she had a link to this RAL.

Oh my I had no idea what would greet me after clicking that link. More ripples. Gorgeous, gorgeous ripples. I knew I wanted in! Bad! I sent the organizer a request, and went scrounging the net for a pattern. Crochet is my first love, but knitting is my true love. Yet, I knew I wanted to crochet this baby. I knew I wanted a huge ripple blanket. I wanted to stash bust, and I wanted to crochet it.

Well it didnt take long for me to find a pattern that was easy enough for me to adjust to my
needs. I started that very night. Here's a pic after Session 1.

Size I hook
Various Worsted Weight stash yarns and my own homespun
258 Sts
80" wide

and here's a shot of Session III. Here it measures 10" .

This sure is addictive!

Thanks for having me. Everyone's ripples look awesome, and so unique in each individual way. I'll be back later to post up pics of Session III or you can always spy my blog Jane of All Trades
for updates.