Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I finished it !!!!!

I have completed my Ripple. In my push to finish it over the weekend I overdid it. Now my hands are achy, my knuckles swollen, my tendonitis acting up, and the circulation not too good. I'll rest them for a few days and they'll recover.

Here are the stats...

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Brites in Lemonade, Limelight, Blue Mint, Berry Blue, Grape, Watermelon, Papaya, and Mango.

Hook: Size H real cool wooden hook, Ebony or Rosewood

Size: 48" wide and 63" high

Pattern: Malibu Ripple from 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns

Color Sequence:
designed by my friend Dianna. All eight colors in sequence for a total of four repeats.


Here she is:

Peggle is complete - ripple afghan

72" by 84" (approx, she keeps moving, you know how wiggly children are). Exactly as planned. I wish she was a bit bigger, but it is too late now.

Yarn: KnitPicks.com fingering weight Palette, 100% wool. I used 22 different colors out of the 30 total colors they have. I didn't buy black and any of the browns, except for the color Fawn, which I put in because it looked like a dark orange to me. 1 skein each of blush, petal, peach, apricot, orange, fawn, lemon, yellow, grass, green, pool, blue, lilac, purple, tan, twig, cream and white. 2 skeins each of red, sunlight, mint and sky. Each skein was used for 3 stripes (each stripe being 2 rows).

Crochet Hook: Started with a 4/E and switched to a 5/F without making any difference in the stitch size, done for better ease of crocheting because the yarn is a splity 2-ply.

Pattern: Soft Waves from the 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns, edited by Jan Eaton. I did 24 repeats across and 84 stripes, each stripe being 2 rows.

Plan or random: A planned random. I had to make sure that the colors were somewhat evenly distributed, so I created a plan on paper by just plopping in each color so that it would be somewhere within the 1/3, 2/3, 3/3 sections. After crocheting the first 15 rows I realized I had a blob of pastels:

blob of pastels

Not wanting that to happen again, I started making changes as I went. Lots of changes:

1st sheet of plan

2nd sheet of plan

3rd sheet of plan

I think the colors work together okay, even though there are so many. I find myself really liking how each section kind of creates a story of color. If you want to see even more photos of sections of Peggle, be sure to visit my Flickr photos.

I have a bit of yarn left:

Yarn left-over from Peggle

Along the way I figured that each stripe (2 rows) used up about 16 gm of yarn. I could weigh the remainder and see what I have, but I can't find my scale right now. Okay, so I know where it is but just don't want to trek upstairs.

I am in the midst of planning more sedate afghans for Christmas gifts. Some knit, some crochet. My sister Chaachi is helping me with the colors. I ordered yarn for 3 so far, and while I wait I will be knitting another afghan for myself - out of the discontinued colors of Cotton-Ease. Squares of 2 colors each in a small riot of bright colors - pink, red, blues, white, yellow, orange, etc.


ripple question

Are any other ripplers crocheting only 1 row per color? It didn't even occur to me to do 2 rows. I suppose that's why my blanket came up short when I thought I should have been done. Ugh, if I wasn't so far I'd consider frogging...


I'm making some progress. I've done 15 rows out of 60-80, so it's a nice start. I won't post again until I'm finished because I don't think it's going to look any different -- my colors are limited.

I'm using Caron Simply Soft, G hook. I tried using the Bone color and ripped it out, because it looked out of place. Ds loves the lime and bright blue and says he can live with the red. He wants to redecorate his room with a jungle theme, so this will fit right in. This is the Double Crochet Chevron pattern from Jan Eaton's Encyclopedia of Crochet.