Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I Might Run Out of Yarn

Ripple Progress
Originally uploaded by kpwerker.
Zoiks! I just looked in the bag that holds my ripple yarn, and it's way less than half full. I might have to take a break or slow down a bit to let my odd ball acquisition catch up.

Still, I'm really happy with this blanket. All of my light colours could pass for grey, which gives the whole thing a sort of subdued feel. Far less crisp than if I were using some creams or whites.

Charity Baby Blanket

Progress is slow with single crochet, a 4.5mm hook and baby yarn. Here's as far as I've gotten:
Everyone's doing such a nice job.

Insert Ripple Here

I was already working on a sweater for my second-grader. He rifled through my stash for soft red yarns, plus he requires that I work in this white Nashua Handknits mohair than you see in the pic. It looks like a snowball and my son has been captivated by it for months. I only have ONE skein of it.
Then this whole Ripple-Along phenomenon happens and becomes a consciousness-raising experience for me. When I return to this sweater, I ask you: how can I not add a ripple midway through?
I learned (during this National Crochet Month) that when you have a ripple stitch pattern that begins and ends with a straight edge (instead of ripply), you can insert a row of ripples anywhere, anytime, for some ARV (Added Ripple Value).
By the way, I changed the photo of my "Chunky Bobbly Happiness" entry to something more.... poetic. And Stasia, I can't reply to your Blogger email addy but I would love to take you up on your offer of help.

Baby Ripples

Because I can't seem to have less than 10 projects going at a time. And the urge to start an actual ripple blanket. I looked at my 2 38-gallon totes that hold my yarn and found a large stash left over from a recent blanket. *A 4 strand speed hook child's blanket, made with pound of love yarns* I still had about half of each skein left, along with another of a baby yarn that was used to make a girls sleeper set *pictures on my blog if interested* So I decided to make a smaller ripple and start off easy. So this one is 96 long, and so far... will consist of 4 main colors and an edging color. The blanket under my ripple is my daughters play blanket made out of the 4 strands and done on speed stix *knit*

I have another scrap ball of yarn, similar to the edging one... just a lighter weight that may go inbetween every 4 colors... but we'll see how that goes. Right now I am planning on 3 rows per color with 4 colors to the patterns. But that could change. I also haven't quite decided on the owner of the blanket once done. It may just be a stock blanket just in case or will be added to my shop.

Oh, the lovely

I have a deep and probably unhealthy love for my ripple. My husband and I have a cabin in West Virginia, which is where I keep most of my scrap yarn. I wasn't expecting much when I opened the bin, but oh boy have I found the mother lode. It's a full-to-bursting bin of fun colors. Woo-hoo!

The ripple now goes about a third of the way up my queen-size bed.