Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rippling






Oh, I just love to ripple. Do you love it too? When I work on this project, a throw for my in-laws to use in their new house, I'm completely in the Ripple Zone. Do you experience the Ripple Zone? It's a mindset, a mood, a mathematical system of relaxation and enjoyment: one-two-three-four-double-double-one-two-three-four-double-together-double-together-one-two-three-four...and so forth, straight on down the line. Up and down and up and down and up and down again, mountain to valley to mountain to valley.

I appreciate all the nice things you said about my ripple in my last post. I thought I'd share a few more photos of it. I'm crocheting it with Attic 24's Neat Ripple Pattern. This popular pattern is easy to follow and it creates a beautiful, solid ripple design. I love open ripple patterns too, but I think this one makes an especially warm blanket. This is my third blanket made in the Neat Ripple pattern, actually. My first was also my first major crochet project a couple of years ago, when I became serious about improving my crochet skills. I made a queen bed-sized blanket in pretty crazy colors, still learning about color palettes at the time. My palette for that blanket ran the gamut from baby pink and yellow to deep burgundy and rust, with hot pink and periwinkle and pistachio green in between! It was eclectic. My second ripple was a baby-sized one made for a friend's new daughter last year. That time, I did a little better with the colors as well as the pattern - there were no mistakes. Every stitch was right. I was really proud.

This time around, for my third Neat Ripple, I feel really comfortable with both the pattern and my color selections. I really love the way these colors look together. I wanted soft colors, in a desert-like palette, and I think I've got them. My in-laws' home is done in a lot of neutral tones - taupes, beiges, browns - and the colors here will spice things up without being too bold or bright. I'm using Caron Simply Soft, with a size H Susan Bates hook. This is my first blanket made with Simply Soft and I'm happy with it so far. It's nice to work with - soft, not too splitty, very few knots or gnarly bits flying off as I work. I'm using five shades - Light Country Peach, Persimmon, Cream, Bone and Pistachio. I'm working with a set color pattern, as you can see. I find random colors to be a little less relaxing than proscribed ones, but I'm keeping it interesting with the way I've grouped them. It's earthy, wavy and soft.

I've been thinking about names for this blanket, since I often name the blankets I make. I think this one will be known as Desert Waves. My in-laws live on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean at their permanent home in New Zealand, and they live in the high mountain desert here in New Mexico. They split their time between the desert and the seaside, what a wonderful contrast. I like the idea of combining the features of both in this ripply little blanket.

I'm taking a blogging break for the next several days. I'll be on a little getaway with an adorable guy. See you soon!

51 comments:

  1. Hello Jennifer,

    What a super present this will make with all its rippling loveliness.

    Mexican waves come to mind for us.......images of hundreds of fans in unison cheering on their favourite team.

    Hoping that you have a happy and relaxing time away! Enjoy!

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  2. The ripple blankie is wonderful, Jennifer. Enjoy your getaway. :o)

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  3. Absolutely beautiful, you are tempting me to get my crochet needle out and have a go

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  4. The colour palette is awesome! Love this. And I'm sure I'd love to ripple if I only knew how but me and crochet still don't get on despite my recently having another go at it.

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  5. I really love the colours Jennifer, they work beautifully together. I haven't quite got to grips with crochet yet, but I do have a pile of wool that wants to be a blanket. We shall see...

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  6. I love your ripple colours enjoy your break!
    d x

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  7. Oh man, it has been YEARS (like about 25 or more) since I made a ripple or even picked up a crochet hook... You make me want to go buy all the stuff again!

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  8. Just beautiful, Jennifer! I look forward to hearing more about your getaway... Enjoy!

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  9. You do such a nice job - every stitch is so neat! I love the ripples and the colors and your name is perfect!
    Enjoy your getaway!

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  10. A perfect colour combo and name to go with it. The persimmon adds a lovely pop to the soft palette. And you're right about random being less relaxing - for the crocheter as well as the recipient! ("Random" is very hard to achieve.)

    Have an enjoyable break! :)

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  11. This blanket is gorgeous friend! The colors and pattern are just stunning! And I love that you name your blankets! Hey...if I could make something this cool I would definitely name mine!!! Now you go and have a wonderful time with your husband! Talk soon! Nicole xoxo

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  12. Oh it's so lovely! I absolutely love the color combination. -Seems so fresh. The colors go so well together. Great job.

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  13. I love the colors you're using in this blanket and the name is great! I know the inlaws will love it as you've said how wonderful they are. Have fun on your trip.. I'm so curious as to where you're going! Gracie is going with us to Kahneeta tomorrow to swim in a hot spring pool at an Indian reservation. Pictures to follow.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. Love your blanket. It's color made me to love it!

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  15. Your blanket is beautiful. I like to use Caron Simply Soft too and always keep some on hand for projects. The color sequence is beautiful and I'm sure will be much appreciated and loved by your in-laws.
    Have a wonderful get away with your special "someone". :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  16. I also finding that naming blankets helps me see the end result and spurs me on. Those colours look good together.

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  17. I never understood how the ripple effect was created Jennifer, but I think I get it now from your description. Your colour palette is beautiful, and I think so perfect for the desert, while the ripples look like the sea.
    Have fun away with your cute guy!

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  18. I know just what you man about the "ripple zone". I think it's the most relaxing crochet ever. Have a great time away. :) x

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  19. Pretty blanket, have a great time away.

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  20. Your blanket's beautiful, they're going to be so thrilled with it! I love the ripple pattern but I've yet to try it. You say it's simple but not for my addled brain ;) One day I might give it a go.
    Jess xx

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  21. Your in laws are surely lucky and will love the blanket! It looks so great - i really like your colour choice!

    Take care
    Anne
    http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.de

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  22. This is such a beautiful blanket Jennifer. The colours you are using are lovely and you have chosen the perfect name. Your in laws will be thrilled with it I'm sure. Hope you have a really lovely time away.
    Marianne x

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  23. Have a great time with the Big Bear Jennifer! I love your ripple, the colours are soft and pleasing to my eye. I am not good at choosing soft colours, I am more a of bold colour kind of person but I need to learn to use the whole colour palette I think. I don't ripple. Yet. x

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  24. Gorgeous! And as I was looking at the photos I thought of how much they remind me of where you live - then I read your words about a desert-inspired palette! Beautiful combo...Chrissie x

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  25. It's looking fabulous. I love the colours you're working with, the coral really lifts it. It looks so fresh. I love rippling, though Eleanor ripple is taking me some time as I'm working on other things in between. Are you going to put a border around it? Have a wonderful getaway.

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  26. Gorgeous, earthy and sweet colours for ripples, Jennifer! Love the vibrancy of the coral! I'm sure your in laws will love it!

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  27. Beautiful ripple and lovely colours! I do love making ripple blankets too, and am looking forward to beginning another one soon....it is such a peaceful pattern to work. I am sure your in laws will love their gorgeous blanket, Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  28. Τhank you Jennifer, it was exctacly what I was looking for.The shades you choose are wonderful!

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  29. Yes I know just what you mean Jennifer, I love rippling too there's noting quite like it be it a blanket, dress or poncho. I love the colours in your throw very pretty you're in laws are going to love it. Have a lovely break. :)

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  30. I don't know the first thing about crochet, but love your work, Jennifer. I'm glad you find it so satisfying.

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  31. Desert Waves is the perfect name for this pattern and color combination - it makes me think of dunes and desert grass and a red, wide sky.

    Hope you enjoy your vacation!

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  32. Goodness me, beautiful! I saw the first photo in my bloglovin' list and couldn't wait to see more photos, Jennifer! I think the colours are gorgeous and so happy! Your in laws will love this, who wouldn't? I have never done rippling, but it sounds very therapeutic. Have a great break, Jennifer! :)

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  33. What a gorgeous blanket! Love the name you gave it. Enjoy your getaway...can't wait to hear about it when you get back. :-)

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  34. Your ripple is beautiful Jennifer and I really agree with you about the colours reflecting the colours of the desert. I hope that you and Bear enjoy your trip away!! xx

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  35. Your pictures in the last post are dreamy.....
    This afghan is beautiful.....your in-laws will LOVE it!
    As I am sure they love you....
    I can't ripple to save my life.....but I really want to!
    Enjoy your getaway...
    You have earned it!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  36. Your ripple is looking good and really must start up one myself again, miss doing a big project.
    Have a great trip away xoxo

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  37. I love the colours you're using and your crocheting is always so neat :) Enjoy your few days away.

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  38. The colours work well together; I'm sure your in-laws will be delighted with their throw.

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  39. It's so beautiful Jennifer. Your crochet is so neat. I'm sure your in laws will love it! Hope you have a great break.

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  40. Your ripple blanket is looking gorgeous! It's nice that you're enjoying the making as much as the giving :) Enjoy your getaway. Wendy x

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  41. I hope you are having a wonderful time :-)
    I'm currently using Lucy's pattern too.
    Tracey xxx

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  42. Hope you're having a lovely break with your man. Love your blanket, you put the colours together so well, it's so pretty. xx

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  43. Great crochet. I love the colors.
    I enjoyed visiting. I am following you now.

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  44. Jennifer I love the effect of the ripple but havent yet had a go . The ones I have seen all look so pretty but to be honest I wouldnt know where to start. I love those colours too.

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  45. I wish I could crochet... your throw is so gorgeous! And those colours... *love*

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  46. Oh my, those colours are just delightful, the persimmon just makes the whole thing zing! Enjoy your get away! x

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  47. Hi, I love your craft, is beauty, I love a colors, I follow your blog, hugs from Brazil.
    Visit my blog - Tita Carré - free patterns crochet

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  48. I really love this. The colours are spot on, warm but cool all at once. You got those shades just right. x

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  49. Wow, this is just beautiful, Jennifer! I took a little look at the pattern and think I might just be able to do this. I will do a small sample first, as was suggested, before I commit a bunch of yarn. Wish me luck!

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  50. These colors are so gorgeous together! Great job! They'll love this.

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  51. Nice design - and really lovely made with those colours. Best wishes.

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