Sunday, September 30, 2007

My very first ripple afghan

I thought I would share a picture of my first ripple afghan I made recently. It took me a couple of months to finish. I worked on this mostly as a form of therapy. My Mom had passed away and I was having a hard time grieving, so I decided to make an afghan in memory of her. She was a gifted seamstress, knitter and crocheter. Doing this project got me back into crocheting and brought me closer to her. I think she would had liked this. It is sized for a lap quilt, but I am making another one the size of our king size bed. I love the multi colors because it makes it look cheerful. No special yarns, just the average Red Heart you find in Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby.

Work in progress

This is my first post to the group, but not my first ripple afghan! I've been making ripples since the mid-1970's! I make a lot of Prayer Shawls and then have a lot of scraps left over. Ripple afghans are a good way to use up these "odd-balls" of yarn. I try to keep at least one afghan going at all times. I am using the Easy Ripple Pattern. It is a joy to work with.

Ripple Coat

Hey y'all! Been a long time since I could even look at this blog, but I found a pattern for a neat ripple coat I thought I'd share:

I got it in a book on Ebay. You can see what book it's from by checking out my blog. Cheers!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

New around here---but not to ripples!!!

Ripples are what got me interested in knowing how to read a pattern---up until I was 21, I was just freehanding along. But since I learned how to read a pattern, I can honestly say ripples make up the majority of my finished projects!!!

I have a favorite pattern, which is one of my current WIPs. I don't have a picture of that, as I'm presently restricted to using a smaller computer (our computer decided to kick the bucket just this weekend! UGH!!!!), but I've got a few close ups of the last one of the pattern I made. I finished that one just last week. I'm using the pattern's recommended weight this time, as it turns out I had a bunch of one color. I'm happy that I will definitely be able to make this version to the required length (the last was just a bit short), and maybe a matching bonnet or some booties.

This is another current project. It's the inspiration for my crochet group co-owner suggesting I try to join this blog! Little did she know ripples are a secret passion of mine! I'm making this afghan for a resident at the home my mom's at, who has befriended my 2 year old! Maybe I should add some stripes of yellow to this, to represent the bananas they bonded over! :-)

Rainbow baby ripple

It's been a while since I last posted, not because I haven't been rippling away, but because I have been unable to finish anything! I wanted to wait until this one was done because it is part of a set of two ripples for a friend who is having twins. The other is going to be a pastel version of the same thing - she is having one girl and one boy.

I'll show you that one when it is done too!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Knit Ripple

I've been getting just stunning sock yarn shipments from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Sock Club (okay, that's a mouthful). Each one more lovely than the last. But the sock thrill is gone just for the moment (I think it has something to do with Second Sock Syndrome), and I just had to begin something with last month's installment, called "Flower Power." So, I decided to try out the chevron scarf pattern I found in "Scarf Style" from Interweave. The Blue Moon is really luxe--wonderful to work with--and I'm pretty happy with the way it's striping along the pattern. Their color schemes are always an adventure--who could imagine pale blue, fuschia, cinammon, taupe, and grey? I guess they did, of course--and it definitely works:

I'm keeping it rather narrow, and hopefully will have enough length.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

a general hello

I just wanted to say hi and tell everyone out there that I have been so inspired by wonderful projects I've seen on this site and hope to share my own with you soon.


Yay, I'm here!

This blog inspired me to start the first ripple I've made since I was a teenager (I'm 48 now), when I made one from a kit in graduated shades of avocado (it would have coordinated with the refrigerators of the time). I've been crocheting and knitting sporadically since I was a kid, and have made several grannyghans over the last couple of years, but had kind of forgotten about ripples. This site (and some others I found through this one) reminded me of how great these could look. That said, the one I'm making is not at all elegant, but has colors selected by my 13-year old son. He wanted neon green and black; I added orange and a bit of yellow to make the rippling more fun for me. Plus, we live in Miami, and green and orange are the school colors of the University of Miami. Go 'Canes! The pictures don't really capture the vividness of the colors, which are the Simply Soft Brites. These were taken about a week or more ago, I'm now starting the fourth repeat. I'll post again when it's done.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Started a new ripple

This is going to be a wedding gift for a friend's daughter. They are getting married 11-17-07, so I will be working on this a lot. It is from the 200 Ripples book and called Storm Clouds. I'm using the new Vanna's Choice yarn and love it!

Thanks for looking!

Still Rippling

I've been away from this blog for quite awhile, returned to look several days ago, and realized how much I've missed it! Everyone's doing such nice work. The funny thing is, I have been rippling, just not posting. I finally finished my Rowan Cotton Glace ripple, which I love very much. It's a little narrow, but still sweet. I've also just finished a baby ripple out of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (which gets fantastic drape, even tightly crocheted up). Here she is:

So many of my friends are pregnant, I'm not sure to whom this will ultimately go...

I'm also working on an autumnal sort of ripple, a little brash and made of Red Heart Soft Yarn, which is 100% acrylic. But whoever said a ripple had to break the bank? I'm not sure about this one, but my little girl loves it, so maybe she'll get it as a cuddle-up couch blanket for the coming winter...

So, that's my ripple story at the moment. If you like, come visit me at The Weather in the Streets, although I warn you that I've recently become a little Severus Snape-obsessed, which has been an impediment to my knitting and crochet musings. Still, if you like crocheting AND the potions master, then it's the place for you...

My Latest Ripple

Here is a photo of the latest:

The colors aren't quite right in the photo. It is a very nice blend in person. Here is a blurry shot with a better view of the colors:

Ack! That still isn't quite right. It really is very nice looking in person. I wasn't really thrilled with it at first, and ended up tearing a good chunk out and re-working the width (it was toooooooo biiiiiiiggggggg) and changing up the order of the colors, because the variegated was just blending too much into the dark brown. The dark brown is called coffee, the lighter brown is cafe, the variegated is earth and sky, and the white is either aran or soft white. I don't have them right here so I am just guessing.

Three repeats out of a total of 6. I thought I could get away with 5 repeats, but I think it will be just a bit short. I don't know if I will have enough yarn. I calculated it thinking that the instructions were right, and they aren't. The stitches are right, but I am wondering if there was just a silly person doing the yardage because this is the 2nd time that the 2nd color of 2 patterns was off. Thankfully, the 2nd color is one of those "no dye lot" sort, and I think I can get it local vs. having to order it online. I still haven't ordered more yarn for the red, white, blue and tan afghan. I need to do that!

Tomorrow starts a pretty busy week; I may not get a lot of time to crochet. It is also my birthday on Friday and I have celebrations planned on Friday and Saturday. I will tell you more about that when I can.

Have a great week! I know I will.

Susan (aka ZenKnit)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Beach-ghan Progress

Rippling along on the afghan for the beach condo. I'm sort of regretting that I included the dark red (rust?) yarn. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I'm worried that it's distracting.

Almost done

Like most people my ripple was put on hold over the summer, but now that autumn has come, I'm in need of my blankie.
I've done quite alot the past two weeks, this photo is a week old & the third repeat is complete & I've started the fourth.
If I'm very productive I can have it done this weekend.
I love the colours I picked for this ripple & it helps add warmth to my boring beige living room.
Onward cosy ripple, Onward.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

I ordered the book

Earlier this week I ordered the 200 ripples book from Amazon. My first time to order from them. I'm excited about getting it as I couldn't find it in any of the bookstores in Knoxville and didn't want to have them special order it. Decided it was time to check out Amazon. That may be dangerous to my credit card. LOL I love ripples and have several in mind that I want to make when the tendinitis in my wrist clears up. You all have inspired me with your beautiful work.

Rippling Along Nicely

I almost have one repeat of the colors complete! I'm not sure if I like the fuchsia in it. I've decided to leave it in till I add the denim color row and see how it all meshes together. There are smidgens of fuchsia in the print colorway, but the solid look so much brighter. What do you all think of the fuchsia? Leave it or frog it?

Soft Waves Ripple 3

The Ripple's Back in Progress

The Ripple's Back in Progress
Originally uploaded by kpwerker.
Seven months after I started, the ripple's back in active progress. I started it during a time of stress and ill health, and I've picked it up again now in a time of not as much stress while I recover from minor surgery. It's big enough that it keeps me warm as I work on it. I'm getting a bit impatient, and may end up finishing it off before I'd originally planned; make it more of a throw than a blanket.

I picked up a copy of Knit.1 magazine (actually, I picked up about a dozen magazines; I'm spending four full days on the couch!), and had the trippy experience of seeing a photo of my ripple in Shannon Okey's column, while I was sitting under the very same ripple. Neato. (It's a good article, in which we get a shout-out!)

A Ripple And Its Image In Print

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Woo Hoo! Yee Haw! and all that kind of stuff

I finished the ripple afghan for my dad. Here it is:

afghan for dad for christmas 2007

I haven't taken the measurements yet. It is long enough to go the traditional way: side-to-side stripes, but can also be used the other way too! It is nice and warm without being overwhelming, and it folds up into a nice little square. I hope he loves it as much as I have loved making it. I think it is my best afghan yet. But I must say this next one is very close to being my favorite as well:

ripple afghan for one of my brothers

The cotton/acrylic yarn for this one is so very nice to work with. And it has a really nice texture too.

Back to dad's afghan; I decided to do the last row as a solid row vs. the lacy one if I had been following the pattern perfectly. I decided the lacy row would be too weak. I don't think anybody would notice:

edge of dad's afghan

So, what do you think?

Back to my current work - I had a sneaking feeling that there wouldn't be enough of the dark blue yarn and I am sure that I am right. I had the same issue with dad's afghan, but that was because I had changed my mind about which ripple to do after I had already ordered the yarn. I thought when I ordered more of the navy (for dad's) that I would be taking a chance that the color wouldn't be even close because KnitPicks said there wasn't any of that lot left. But I ordered 2 more balls anyway, thinking it couldn't be that far off. I got a nice surprise in that the order ended up being the lot I was looking for after all!

I hope that is the case when I order one puny ball more for brother's afghan. I hate paying shipping for just one ball, so I may order another afghan's worth of yarn for ME!!!! Now if I could just decide which ripple to do, and what colors to use! Thankfully, I realized that I had better check to see if there was a calculation issue for another afghan's worth of yarn (coming up) and I was able to get that yarn at a local shop vs. having to ship it.

So long story even longer - do your own calculations immediately after ordering your yarn to be more sure you will have enough, and if you don't you have a higher probability of getting the same lot number.


Susan (aka ZenKnit)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Nisa's Ripple Half-Blanket Done!


It's done! I actually fastened off and weaved (wove?) the edges in long ago, but just never got around to posting the pics. I decided not to make a full-size twin blanket because:
  1. It was eating up so much yarn that you know, when you go to a yarn store, you can't just buy one skein or one kind of yarn and so I was afraid we'd go bankrupt trying to support my yarn habit. And I still had to make another one for my youngest!
  2. I had a feeling that my eldest, for whom the blanket was intended, might not quite take to it the way I had wanted her to.
  3. I got bored of it. :D

This is how it looks going vertically on the bed. I don't like the way it looks this way, but at least it's long enough so that if she does ever use it, it'll cover a good part of her body.


I was supposed to make another for my youngest, and I did start it, but soon after we found out that she's got a dust mite allergy (among other things) and well, non-machine-washable wool blankets just were not a practical choice for their room. My eldest initially complained of it being too itchy, but now she'll at least keep it on her bed.

Now I have a whole bunch of this yarn left over so I've decided to try my hand at that Larger Than Life bag that's been making a bit of a splash these days.

Anyway, thanks all, it's been fun!

Son's Christmas Afghan

I finally finished the ripple for my DD, pics to follow...I have to finish sewing in the ends. I started one for my DS, the main colour is black with some deep red, tan and cream. I love rippling and this is going to be a nice gift for him to snuggle up with when he watches his movies.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Help! Help!

Please, I need some help and advice. On the spur of the moment I bought this yarn. The reason being, I am Vice Pres in charge of programs for our quilt guild. Of course we're having a Christmas party for December meeting. Our other plan is to have an auction with lots of things other than just quilt related items. So I'm in Hobby Lobby buying Sugar & Cream Yarn on sale and I start looking at other yarns. I've been seeing so many neat yarns here(other than the pain ole Red Heart I'm using) and just want to try something new. I've picked up my Sugar & Cream and keep browsing. I see the shelf with all the Lion Brand yarns and spot the Jiffy(not on sale but not real expensive) which I see is Acrylic. I'm not ready to try wools yet. Anyhow I would love to make up a quick simple afghan for the auction. Like I don't have enough to do. If I wouldn't have it done in time, I can always give it to my purple loving daughter. I'll be making some other smaller item I can donate so all won't be lost. Enough rambling.
Do any of you have a favorite quick ripple pattern? The only one I've done so far is Susan B's.
The Jiffy Yarn calls for a K hook for the pattern on the band. Also, I have larger hooks, could I use an L or M? The yarn does seem heavier but I do want to use the correct hook. One thing, I don't want a real loosely woven pattern. If you found any favorite patterns in books, magazines, on line, or personally, just let me know. I can go to the library or check out the Internet, whatever. You can post a comment here or at my most recent post at "Fabric and Yarn Stasher."
Oh, and Pheeyla, your pretty new started ripple must have stayed in my subconscious when I picked my yarn. I just saw it again as I was browsing the blog. I guess you inspired me.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Baby Blanket

This is my first post... please be gentle.

I am making a baby blanket for my cousin's first child. She is due in April. We don't know the sex yet, so I have decided to go with a light green/off white combination. I am using Caron Simply Soft and the ribbed variation of SusanB's Easy Ripply Afghan.

This isn't my first ripple, but it's the first time I've used this pattern and I have a question. The bottom is "rolled" up... Will it stay that way? Hm. Anyway, I love the pattern! I just hope I finish on time. (I tend to get distracted and push projects to the side.)

Feedback welcome. :D

Sunday, September 9, 2007

I came to the END!!!...

Last night I settled in to work on my ripple and found that I was moved over a stitch. I unraveled two colors and still couldn't find where I'd added one in so I decided it must be a sign that I am finished! Soooo, here it is, well partially, I didn't get the whole thing in one shot. This is our old dog, PuppyGirl, guarding it.
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And, this is the yarn for the new ripple! Not sure yet which pattern I will use, I had seen some either online or in a book that appealed to me and now I can't remember where. Ugh! Anyway, this will match my parents bedroom and will be a Chistmas present for them.
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New Ripple!

Hi Friends!

It's been a while (like four months) but I'm finally posting again. Everyone's doing so well!!

I'm starting a brand new ripple for a friend who makes blankets for nursing homes. So it's a lot smaller than my last one (which still isn't finished). Purple and blue!

I'll post pics ... sometime!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Rippling Away

Woo Hoo! Rippling away on a Christmas gift. Here's an update on the blanket that I'mmaking for my sister. It's currently 60" wide and 11" in length. I seem to be averaging 5" for every 7 rows (1 skein of solid = 4 rows, 1 skein of ombre = 3 rows). So this afghan should finish at about 60" X 60" square. I had debated on frogging it to make it a little narrower so that I could make it a little longer, but I said "Forget that!" *grin*

Here's an inside picture of it:
Soft Waves

Here's a picture of in on the back deck hanginf out with a bottle of juice :)
Soft waves ripple

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Making Progress, Albeit Slowly

Just a short post with a photo. I have turned the heels on the FruitStripe socks and now it is just around and around in the pattern until it is time to change to K1 P1 ribbing.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Rippling Again!

Hi folks!
I've read the blog for months and oogled over all the gorgeous ripples that people have been making. I have finally started my ripple. This is not my first, but I haven't made a ripple afghan in ages. So, I got started on my Christmas gifts and here it is so far :)

This is going to be a gift for my sister. The yarn is Lion Brand Suede in the colorways of Waterlillies (color below), Eggplant, Olive, Fushia, and Denim.

The stitch is Soft Waves from 200 Ripples.

Sisters ripple

I have 2 other ripple afghans in the Chrstimas list, so I had better get my butt in gear and start rippling!


afghan for dad - up and down

Same Stuff Different Day, so far it has been SSSA - same stitches same afghan, as I am still working on the Waterfall afghan. I decided to purchase 2 more skeins of the navy Palette yarn so there is more to come. But what I still need to decide is if I am going to continue it to make it wider vs. longer. Or perhaps I should just make it big enough to be used either way.

I think I like it with the zigzags going in that "slimming" way - that being up and down, vs. side-to-side:

If I don’t change my mind again, that means the length (the up and down way) will be about 49-51 inches. They stretch and I can’t seem to get a really accurate measurement. That will be okay since dad is a shortie like me. So far the width is about 40 inches.

I haven’t decided if I will make sure that the color repeat is complete across, because I may not have enough yarn (even with the 2) to make it complete in that way. But I figure it will not really matter much because it is so visually ziggy that I don’t think anyone will notice, as long as I have one dark blue stripe at the end. Please tell me what you think - up and down, side to side, make it big enough for either and do I need to make sure the color repeats are complete?

For now that I will need to chill on continuing Waterfall until the new yarn arrives so I can see if it matches. And that means I need to start on a new afghan. Cool!

I have the yarn for the last 2 afghans (besides my sister’s, which is still in process).

Both of these are from the Leisure Arts book, Rippling Effects. I had used one of the patterns a long time ago for some baby afghans I did for great-nieces and great-nephews. All of the patterns (16) are very pretty. It was hard to decide!

Susan (aka ZenKnit)

Another one done

It's done. I should have blocked it before I took pictures, but I couldn't wait. It took me about 2 1/2 months to complete.

Missy’s Knitting/Crafting Mess