Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Another newbie!

Hello! I'm another newbie to the Ripple-Along. I found the project from my SP9's blog, after she sent me a cute set of crochet hooks of my own, and I've been following you all avidly for weeks now -- everyone has such fantastic projects! I really want to crochet a ripple afghan of my own (maybe one like this eventually, though probably a pillow cover or baby blanket to start out with), and there's just one little glitch... I have no idea how to crochet! I'm a knitter but I have never seemed to be able to wrap my head around crocheting. You'd think it'd be in my blood since my mother crochets constantly and my late grandmother -- who is actually the inspiration for me to make a ripple afghan -- was never without her Red Heart Super Saver close to hand. I was wondering if any of you might happen to be in or around Chicago, and interested in helping get someone else off the ground?

I can't wait to have something charming and striped of my own to post! Have yarn, will travel!

Hi everyone!

My name is Lynne and I'm also new to this blog... well to blogging in general. Yes, I'm a newbie!

I have also been watching everyone's progress for a few weeks now and love all of the beautiful blankets. You have inspired me to start my very first ripple. :)

The only problem? I'm on a yarn diet. I was not going to buy more yarn until I complete some of my current projects (or those just waiting to be started!) but a friend invited me to go shopping in the States (I live in Canada, near the border) and I found the Caron Simply Soft I see so often on blogs. I haven't been able to find it here. Well, I just had to buy it :)

Specs :

Soft Waves pattern from Jan Eaton
yarn : Caron Simply Soft Brites in Berry, Blue Mint, Limelight, Grape, Mango, Lemonade as well as Iris and Rubine Red (Still Simply Soft but not Brites)
I'm making baby blanket size so I chained 111 (?) to start.

So here was my first go at it :

It looked good at first but then realized it wasn't rippling :

It took me many tries to get it right. I've been a knitter for years and learnt how to crochet, mostly on my own, 2 years ago. I guess I need more practice with reading patterns!

Finally I got it right and it now looks like this :

I've never made such a flashy colourful.. well... anything! I love it!

Oh, I just joined!

I'm very excited to be a member of this blog because I haven't been able to figure out how to do it.

Trying to decide which ripple to make. I have Jan's book and been devoring it.The ripple will be for my son. He wants one with those sharp up's and downs. Says it reminds him of a favorite shirt he had growing up. I have no idea which shirt he's talking about. So, he wants the sharp ripple and he wants Granny colors. Years ago my mother and I made a granny afghan together. We used acryllic yarn. Bad idea. The yarn is just not yummy feeling. I also just noticed that the way my mother put it togeter left lots of holes where air can come through. Our son lives in San Francisco so he needs a warm, soft, granny bright colored with black afghan. I'm also trying to decide whether to knit or crochet. So many decisions.

Most important thing is that I now can post and just noticed the little picture above the post. So that's where I can add a picture. I'm stoked!!!!!!!

As soon as I figure out which afghan to make I'll post a picture. Hope I'm not blabbling too much with out a picture and with out an afghan.


Here are two more...

Here are two others. The pink and purple one can be either a lapghan or a baby stroller blanket. I used some scraps. LOVE scrap yarns.

The other is my s'mores afghan. It'll end up being about toddler size. It's not quite done yet.


WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm up and rippling again!

This is go #3 on the original, big ripple. Let's review:

Lattice chevron stitch pattern out of Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet. (the hope is the openwork pattern will accommodate for the differing yarn weights)
Various yarns from my stash, including some heavenly hand-painted cotton, alpaca, some Encore in blue and brown and tweedy red, and cream sugar and cream cotton. Oh yeah, and the other bluish wool.
H or I hook, depending.
In the pattern, it's 60 inches wide. 300 stitches-ish.

And can I just say I am soooooooooooooooo happy now about all of the unfortunate frogging, because I l.o.v.e. how the colors are working out now. I'm actually a bit further than this, done with the tweedy red and almost done with a section of cream. Will try to get newer pics soon.

This is proving the perfect project for this week. I'm in crunch time planning a silent auction and the repetitiveness of this is soooooooooo soothingly wonderful.

Still have to frog back the rumpled round ripple. And I have thoughts of a felted "softwaves" bag that looks much like what many of you are doing. Local LYS with major sale, 20% off everything, so I may just have to go pick up some odd balls and make that happen...

Getting a big head start on Christmas

Remember that I mentioned that I planned on making afghans for my family for Christmas? I ordered enough for 3 because that is all my budget would allow at the time. Then I had to wait for the yarn to arrive, so I started up a knitted non-ripple afghan. If you want to check it out, visit my ZenKnit blog.

The yarn for the afghans arrived and I decided to do a crochet non-ripple that looked nice from a book I checked out from a library. It turned out that the yarn was just too stiff for that pattern. I ripped it out and started up a ripple. Which I secretly desired to do anyway. Red Heart Super Saver yarn in pale yellow, cornmeal and country blue. About 52 inches wide. I decided to do a repeat of 3 colors, so that I could evenly use the 3 skeins of each color. I wanted to switch it up a bit so that it wouldn't be boring for me to crochet.

I am going to just keep on going until I run out of yarn. So far that might mean a very big afghan because I haven't run out of yarn from the 1st of 3 skeins (in each color) yet.

Ripple afghan in Red Heart Super Saver yarn

Ripples in worsted weight sure go fast! I saw comments on another post that said that Red Heart softens up after washing. Knowing that makes me very happy. I think the colors are bright and cheery and I hope the family member who gets it is happy with it too. Or that they aren't but they keep it to themselves *grin*.

Susan (aka ZenKnit)

Just Joined!

Of course, I have to go home and learn how to crochet first, then wait for my book and yarn to arrive. I'll be using the soft waves pattern from the Jan Eaton book that a lot of you are using as well. I've ordered Cascade 220 Superwash for this project-- have any of you used it before? Do you think I'll like it?

New Rippler

Thank you for the invitation. I happy to be crocheting again. It's been a long time since I tried a ripple. I'm glad I started it, and with daughter #3's (Paula) for now. I had acquired some balls of yarn from a relative and thought I'd just use the random colors. It will be a little boys first real bed blanket or a cat throw. I will end up having to buy some other colors to finish it, but I really like rippling now and have visions of dozens of other projects in fabulous colors.

This is the first time I've been able to handle a crochet project after my mastectomy without my chest, arms and hands cramping up. I even went to knitting for awhile (just some simple scarves) just to keep my hands going. I like crocheting and usually always had a project going.

It feels good.

They are multiplying like rabbits

Ok, I started with one ripple 'ghan, and now currently have five of them going at the same time! It's my little addiction at the moment. I only have a photo of this one, but I'll add more later on.
Who would have thunk that rippling would be so hot again?

Well, I am not *that* strange...

Sorry for the triple posts, I didn't do that, blogger must have!


I SO don't have a picture yet!

But that's because I haven't started yet! I just joined this afternoon(the 17th) and hopefully will get some rows done tonight so I can share later. What fun this is going to be!!!


I SO don't have a picture yet!

But that's because I haven't started yet! I just joined this afternoon(the 17th) and hopefully will get some rows done tonight so I can share later. What fun this is going to be!!!


I SO don't have a picture yet!

But that's because I haven't started yet! I just joined this afternoon(the 17th) and hopefully will get some rows done tonight so I can share later. What fun this is going to be!!!



I love knitting blankets! I've been working on this one off and on (mostly off) since right after Christmas. I'd say I've got about 75% finished. The pattern is a modified fan-and-feather stitch, it's the Project Linus Security Blanket from Betty Christiansen's Knitting for Peace. Pretty and ripply and I don't know if I can bear to part with it, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it!


Out with the old, in with the new!

We have been blessed with a wonderful visit with my mother-, father- and brother-in-law (from overseas), so I have been very busy. However, I have managed to finish my first ripple afghan, which now happily resides at the end of my three-year-old-girl's bed. She is very pleased with her aquisition. :o)

I have begun a new, much larger afghan, using the soft waves pattern in the correct version (as opposed to working it in single crochet, as I mistakenly did with the first one). I haven't taken any photos of it yet, but I will...once all the visiting madness has settled down.

Oh, I am excited about this new afghan! Perhaps I am being a less attentive hostess than I could be, but I confess, I think I am addicted anew. The afghan calls me constantly. Even when I have had a solid slog at it, and just have to take a break, I find it calling me again before long.

When it is done, it will be large enough to cover my double bed with the three relevant sides touching the floor. It will be beautiful, I know it will. I am choosing the colors however I feel like choosing them at that moment. Sometimes I ask my children what color I should use next. Sometimes I just feel that it needs a touch of a certain hue. Sometimes, I use a color I have just been dying to use (such as one of the three hanks I dyed with Kool-aid -- I recommend this highly!!). As many of you have noticed with your own afghans, every new color changes the whole afghan just a little.

Anyway, before I get too excited about blogging the new afghan, let me tie up the loose ends of the old one. Here's a photo of the finished product for you to enjoy. :o)

Ripple Cushion Progress

Hello Ripplers :-)
I'm puttering along slowly with my ripple cushion, here's my progress..

I'm using the Soft Waves pattern.

Me too:-)

I'm one of the new ones here. But ripple has reached out for me as well, so I think this is just a wonderful place. I almost never have seen so many beautiful blankets at the same place.
I began my ripple a few weeks ago. And had a lot of 'starting-problems' - even though I use to feel, that I'm ok at crocheting. But never the less - in the start it looked more like ripping than rippling.
Now it's ok - and this is my work so far:

I use a yarn called 'Bali' from GGH.
It's very soft and very nice to work with. This photo does not show the colors very well - but there are some blues, pink, purple, orange, green and brown. I choose to make a system - mostly because I have a lot of the light blue color. So to avoid a lot of blue in the end, I had to do it in a way, that is a little unusual. I mostly prefer a random colorway. But the result is ok so far, so I can live with it.
It's a funny thing to work with. Quite addictive. Almost like meditation. I love it, and I can't leave it, even though I have a lot of other project to finish :-))))
And I don't think this one will be the last one.