Thursday, September 30, 2010

Baby Ripple

A finished ripple, for my soon-to-be baby niece. I'd had a bunch of Knitpicks Shine Worsted stashed for ages, and FINALLY it became this blanket. I love the colors, and the yarn gets amazing drape.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ravelry: packnits' Cinnamon Ripple Afghan

Ravelry: packnits' Cinnamon Ripple Afghan
I finally finished this last week after months of occasionally working on it. Turned out big--73x46 inches, unstretched, and it's quite stretchy. So far being put to a lot of use on the couch.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Cheerful Babyghan Ripple...

I just finished this for a customer today, I love how it turned out.

Monday, June 28, 2010

School PTO auction ripple

I made this afghan for my school's PTO auction. It sadly didn't get much interest, perhaps because it was 90 degrees that day!! Still the person that won it was thrilled to have it so that's all that matters right?

I used Susan B's pattern, and Red Heart yarn in Royal and Bright Yellow.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Crochet: Ur doing it rong.

(yes, that's a little LolCats-inspired humor for you)

Note: This post doesn't specifically deal with ripples, but it is definitely applicable to a ripple pattern. Sorry for the slightly off-topic nature, I'm just really looking for some feedback on this.

So, I recently saw a tutorial from a British crocheter on how to do a US double crochet (known as a treble crochet in the UK). At first I skipped over it to get to the part of the pattern I was interested in, but when I came back to it, I noticed something odd. The instructions for this stitch differed from the way I learned to do it. At first I thought, "Oh, she must have gotten something mixed up!," mostly because it sounded like an extended double crochet to me. At this point, I decided to do a little research on the interwebs.

Guess what I found out? 

Apparently, I have been working the double crochet incorrectly for as long as I've been crocheting! It's pretty odd too, because it's neither a double nor a half double, but seemingly a hybrid of the two. So, here's the difference:

The instructions I found for it indicate that you should:

yarn over
insert hook into stitch
yo, draw through first loop (the stitch that's on the hook, so that there are now 3 loops on the hook)
yo, draw through two loops (so that now there are two loops)
yo, draw through the last two loops.

In contrast, the way I was taught is as follows:

yo, insert hook into stitch
yo, draw through first TWO loops on hook (that's the stitch that's on the hook plus the first loop) so that there are 2 loops left on the hook
yo, draw through last two loops on the hook

Furthermore, the instructions I found for a half double crochet were:

yo, insert hook into stitch
yo, draw through first loop (leaving three loops on the hook)
yo, draw through remaining three loops

Is this just a different tradition in crochet stitches? I could swear I have seen this double crochet in some of my mother's old crochet books. I don't plan on changing the way I crochet over this, but I did find it to be somewhat odd. Does my method sound familiar to anyone else out there?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hello, everyone! I'm a new member to this blog, and am very happy to be here! I hope that I will be able to enrich this wonderful online community in some way. If you'd like, please visit my personal blog, Stitch-Witchery. I am also a member of the Grannies and Ripples group blog.

Below is a photo of two baby blankets I have started, since my niece and one of my sisters-in-law are both pregnant! One is a simple little ripple that will alternate between mint green and bright white, and the other will be a super-sized granny square with the same color theme. Wish me luck! :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rippling again after quite some time

I'm feeling a bit discouraged. I have the pattern I used on my first one, which came out great. But for some reason I can't get this one to work out. My 1st row is perfectly ripply but the next several rows are flattening right out. Somehow my increases & decreases are lining up properly.
Frogging for the umpteenth time. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Ripple Babyghan...

Finally its done... I've been working on this ripple since my last ripple... its for one of my cousins, shes due next month and shes having a baby boy. I thought these colors looked cute... light baby blue, mint green and pale yellow (doesnt really look pale in this pic, actually the colors doesnt show up at pretty in this pic., looks better in person). Theres ALOT of mistakes in this ripple too,

I'm still learning =)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

My ripply blankets

Hello, I've been following everyone's lovely ripples for some time and wanted to share some of mine. They all look a bit bumpy and uneven, but that's because they've been stuffed folded neatly into bags because I'm out of wool for them. I seem to pick wool's from hell for my ripples because I always manage to pick a colour/maker that my wool shop likes to discontinue as soon as I get a few rows under my belt. Grrr.

Anyway, here's where I'm up to with my tribute to Cath Kidston...

I've run out of the pale blue which is a James Brett 400g aran and (stupidly) I threw away the band so have no idea of the shade to order more now that my local shop stopped stocking it.

My next ripple has a Halloween theme and uses black, orange, purple and vari purple DK.

The shop picked the orange wool to stop stocking for this ripple and (again) I don't have a label so don't even know who makes this one. Double Grrrr.

My final ripple isn't really a problem to find wool for, as it's my oddment ripple. I just use whatever is leftover from other projects. Easy.

I'm not really loving this one though, as the colours are anything but complimentary together. However, I'm loving 'doing' it because there's something very relaxing about you all no doubt know already, lol.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Progress slow, maybe done by next winter?

My ripple's coming along, but it's turning out huge! I wanted that, because it's for my tall dh and ds to fight over for a couch blankie, but each row seems to take a long time. I'll get it done, but since winter's about over here in South Florida, I'm going to aim for next fall for a completion date. If I get it done sooner, yay for me. Meanwhile, it's big enough to cover me up while I'm working on it, unless one of our cats decides to take a nap on it at the same time.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

What to do when the ripple goes straight

Hello and thanks for letting me join!

I am desperate to make my first Ripple blanket but have hit a problem with the lack of rippling of the first row.

I have made the mistake of retaining in my little head a tip about making your foundation chain. I think it said 'use a smaller hook than the main pattern' but fear now I may have made that up. Is that a real hint? So, my incredibly long foundation chain was quite a wiggle to get the hook into for the first row but I persevered.
It was rippling on the first, green row.
However, subsequent rows has made it straighten out, and the latter rows to bump up most unbecomingly.

I have never seen a Ripple anywhere that has bumps and ridges in like mine. They cannot be flattened so my too tight green row is effectively gathering them.
It is far too long anyway, taking a ball of wool a row so I am right aren't I in calling it a day and starting again?
Just thought I'd ask before I pull the whole lot.
Hope someone can tell me if my theory is the problem.
Many thanks and nice to 'meet' you all!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hooking for Grandma

I'm so glad I found Lucy's pattern. I don't know when I've enjoyed working with a single pattern so much before. The granny square Grandma Wagner taught me when I was young is the only thing that halfway compares. Grandma made lots of ripples in her crocheting career, so I hope she's pleased with how this one turned out.

Last year, my cousin's youngest daughter, Katie, got married, and Grandma asked if I'd crochet an afghan for her to give her as a wedding present. (Grandma's in a nursing home now and unfortunately doesn't see well enough to make the stitches.) Yeah, I will! I did that one in hdc blues, Katie's favorite color. This summer, her sister, Jennifer, is getting married, so I'm hooking for Grandma again. (I sort of want to put that on a T-shirt!) Jennifer's favorite color is, you guessed it!, purple, so that's what I used.

(Cross-posted on my blog and Grannies and Ripples.)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Funky Ripple

54 x 51

This is my 1st ripple. I started it in Jan. I love the bright colors. I just used leftover rolls of yarn from another afghan I made. Its not perfect, theres alot of little mistakes in it. But thats ok cause I just made it for myself :) My side seem to grow if I'm not careful. I've already started another ripple and its not perfect either. I will keep trying til I get a perfect or almost perfect ripple.

Thank You for letting my join the group.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Granny Ripple Finished

I used a "G" hook and Simply Soft yarn in Brites. The Pattern comes from a small booklet called Nursery Favorites by Leisure Arts. But I simplified the pattern and if you want to do that also or prefer not to buy on line you can use this pattern.

The colors are Coconut, Mango, Watermelon, Lemonade, Lymelite, and Blue Mint. The pattern I used was five rows of each color and two rows of Coconut separating each color. I worked my way up to the center (blue) and as you can see I did a double center and then worked my way back down the color spectrum. I am pleased with it and hope they will be also but I would call it more of a crib blanket at this point since it is so large.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Baby Ripple Hat

One more hat done. This one is called Ripple Baby Hat and was made using the cotton flocked ribbon yarn and Sassy Stripes by Moda Dea in the color Rave. This was a quick hat to work up and would of been even faster if I had not chosen to change colors.

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Granny Ripple Baby Blanket Coming Along

I am far from finished and my hooks are never still between this and other projects. But I am gaining on it and just wanted to show the progress so far.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Palette Ripple

There are some great new projects here, how exciting!

A new ripple has been a long time in the conceiving stage. I'd wanted to make one that I liked as much as my old Rowan Ripple, but couldn't find just the right yarn. Along came Knitpicks Palette, originally purchased for a finicky colorwork purse. At around 2 dollars a substantial skein, this fingering weight yarn comes in an insane range of saturated colors and is a fabulous bargain. I'm using a size E Clover crochet hook with ergonomic handle, and the whole experience is delightful--the yarn isn't splitty, but moves along the hook with speed and ease and shows the swoops and peaks of the ripple pattern very nicely. I'm in deep like with Palette, I can tell you. And I'm really happy with the crazy color combo of this blanket. All in all, a satisfying project.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Baby Blanket Ripple Beginning

I have started a new ripple for the new addition to our family that is to take place in October of this year. It is a granny ripple and I am using Simply Soft for the yarn in the Brites of Watermelon, Mango, Lemonade, Blue Mint and Limelight. Of course each color is separated with Coconut. I have only begun so all the colors are not visible yet but I will post another photo when I have a bit more done.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


I stardet a ripple again...just couln't help myself!

It's a acryl yarn from "wibra"shop, only one euro per 100 gram and I made all my other ripples from the same yarn. (it can easy be washed in the washing machine!!)
I just felt for this red collor....

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cinnamon Ripple

Started a new afghan for 2010 on New Year's Day. I'm using Berroco Comfort yarn for its non-itchy quality, and Susan B's pattern with the ridged option, size I hook. It's nice to be rippling again, after a lot of knitting in the past year or so.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year Ripple Finished!

Deliberately timed to finish today (I worked the final round of the border this morning), here, at last, is the ripple afghan I started on 1 January 2007.

After my mother passed away in 2001 my dad sent me all her yarn (in 13 boxes!). I wanted to use some of it to make myself a small afghan to put over the back of my chair and snuggle up under on cold days. The Unger Roly-Sport was the only yarn there was enough of - everything else was just one or two balls. But I'm glad she had plenty of the Roly-Sport because it's so soft and squishy. I wonder what she meant to do with it? I hope she'd be pleased with my choice.

Happy 2010 everybody! May all your rippley dreams come true. :-)