Sunday, June 3, 2007

Rippling in The City of Roses

Yeah... First week of Rose Festival here in the City of Roses, Portland Oregon.So it seems only appropriate to hike a whole three blocks over to one of our neighborhood rose gardens...since it's not raining as one would expect this week. This also happens to be a spot I enjoy sitting and rippling. :D

Pattern here 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns .Yes.. yet another Soft Waves. Why reinvent the wheel.. the original popular choice is grand.
Yarns.. Caron Simply Soft, RH Soft Yarn, and a few pale tones of TLC Essentials.

Hook : Clover Soft Touch sizes G / 4.4 mm and H / 5.0mm .

Started with 200 ch. wide. Measures 50 inches wide.
* Now... confession time,
I'm brandie new at bloggin' back when I started our Head Ripple Mistress's vacation started and I needed to wait to join all of you. No biggie.. BUT in the process I did not post my first ripple photos here in this blog. Sorry... :(
So............ If I do this right....???
HOORAY !!!! It worked !
So while I continue patting myself on the back...
go there if you wish.. and see where this all started.

June's Afghan, a Ripple, Has Been Started

I am keeping on track for an afghan a month (crocheted, or knitted) so that I have enough for each family member. June's afghan is a ripple for one of my 6 brothers. This one is in Lionbrand Woolease (soft!) with a J hook and using Strata from 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns. I had started this exact color sequence in the stitch pattern called Lavender Fields, but didn't like the holey gaps that come from skipping stitches. And, the pattern was full of errors - easy enough to figure out and correct, but I just didn't like it. I decided it wasn't worth sucking it up for a full afghan's worth, so I tore it out.

I can't post this to my regular site because this particular brother visits my website and will know it is for him.

I finished the May afghan; a non-ripple one for my mom. I think it turned out very nice.


Susan (aka ZenKnit)

Yay, I am ready to start

I am so ready to start my ripple. I keep lurking at all the beautiful color combinations and I get more excited about making mine. It took me forever to pick my colors. I do love the pastels but my home is more earth tones and it just would not go. Then arranging the colors made me feel very indecisive but finally I just said this is it and I'm sticking with it. I am using RH soft and a couple of Bernat Satin. I am using the soft waves pattern and was questioning the edges like the previous poster. It just does not seem like it is going to be straight. I will do a couple of rows more and see what happens. I hope I don't have to frog.

My End Is Looking Weird

I have a strange feeling that this edge is just going to keep getting wider every row. Does it look weird to you guys? (I'm using the Soft Waves pattern) When I was working the chain, I ended up doing the increases into the last two chains. Now, every row after that, I still have stitches to work after those last increases. Is this how its supposed to be?

I started my ripple.....

Yay, I finally started my ripple blanket! Using my own pattern, which I'll post on my blog tomorrow. Had all this yarn sitting there for days waiting for me...

So yesterday I just jumped in and started. I'm using my own pattern, deviating from the previous color arrangement I used in my test piece.

Decided to go with a double row of dc instead of alternating dc/sc, similar in appearance to most people's on the blog here. I'll post my pattern soon--it's easy.

I like everyone's ripples here--I am very inspired by all the creative people out there in yarn-land. Opal has made so many of these it makes my head spin!!! My objective is to make a summer weight blanket. I love the weight of the Sugar & Cream after washing and shrinking, and I love the way it drapes. So in spite of other projects still unfinished, I started. It's been fun so far!

Progressing on the ripple!

Well, it seems that it takes me about an hour per row, so my ripple is going slowly. I don't know if I'm slow or if that's about par, but I kinda wish I could go faster! Oh well. It helps that I recently got addicted to a new TV show and got the DVDs, so now I have an excuse to camp out in front of the TV for 4 hours at a time. :)

I haven't posted about my progress since I had only three stripes, and now I have 14! When I made that last post, I only had three colors (and I was sure I hadn't bought enough yarn). Now I have 8 colors, and two skeins of several of them, so I hope I won't run low. Although I do kind of wish I had started out with a larger hook -- I'm using an I; it was the largest I had -- so that it might be a little bit lighter and drapier. Though I'm certain I'll appreciate the thick warm cosiness of this dense fabric, come January!


Another new rippler!

Hi, I've been admiring these for a while, and joined when I first started my first ripple - the pattern is feathery fans afghan. This is where I am so far, but I think I got lost somewhere in the last row. Most likely when I set it down for a couple days as I'm 2 stitches short at the end of the row I just finished (my first repeat, about 7 rows into it). I'm not sure where, but it also seems much looser for this section than the first - and I'm pretty sure I've not changed tension, but I guess perhaps I did. Heh.

Here is a photo of it, and I may have to frog back to the solid blue to figure out where i went wrong. I'm going to get a stitch counter, or those flip notecards to keep track of it next time. :)