Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Yarn Along


This week, I'm continuing to ripple. I've finished the light green section and moved on to a darker one, my fourth color so far. The dark green is Stylecraft Special DK in Khaki (the other colors are Cream, Camel and Meadow). I'm aiming for an earthy look with this blanket. I want to put it on the couch in the living room. The couch is a grayish-green. I have beige and cream cushion covers on the throw pillows. What is your furniture style? Do you like colorful upholstery or basic, plain fabrics? My furniture is relatively boring - basic, sturdy styles; solid, somewhat neutral colors; nothing remotely fancy. It's decent stuff, just not what I'd call stylish. I see crocheted items, and sewn ones, as good opportunities to add color and interest to the furniture, which is why I seem to always be making another throw or afghan. Sometimes I wonder if I should be doing this anymore; where will it end? We have more than enough already, but it's such a pleasure to make them. I like having them around, and the local blanket-fort-makers certainly approve.

In the mood for a break from novels featuring murder and mayhem, I'm now reading I Love It When You Talk Retro by Ralph Keyes. This is an interesting book about American speech, the slang and turns of phrase that are part of the way we talk, or have been in the past. There are many words and phrases I've always wondered about. As a relentless committed talker, and as someone who is sort of obsessed with what life was like in the past, I'm really enjoying this book. I finished Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight a couple of days ago. It was just okay, in my opinion. There were too many characters to keep track of, each with their own weird personality flaws and too many interconnected stories between the characters, yet the mystery needed more development. Meh.

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I hope you're all having a lovely week. Thank you for your kind and interesting comments and conversation lately, and welcome new readers and followers.

33 comments:

  1. Love the ripples! It will look fabulous, prettying up your couch. My couch is brown - yep, mud brown corduroy! We chose a fabric and colour that is bomb proof for kids! And it has been - the couch is 15 years old and still looks fine. One day, I will have something a bit prettier.
    I'm sure I would love that book. I'm a bit of a word nerd, love reading where sayings came from. It is amazing how many common phrases come from Shakespeare (see, total nerd!) I will have to see if the library has it.

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  2. nothing quite as satisfying as a ripple. It sounds like it will be perfect for your sofa I cant wait for the big reveal. I've just caught up with reading your posts. I love your barbeque meal, your ribs look superb. My desert island meal would be bbq ribs with beans
    Have a lovely day

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  3. your ripple look wonderful. love those colors.

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  4. I love those earthy colours Jennifer!

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  5. Never stop making crocheted blankets - there is no such thing as "enough" throws in a house ;-)
    I particularly like the colours of this one (I think I may have said it here before, oops, early alzheimer...). Those colours work in every season !

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  6. Beautiful colours, there is nothing more satisfying than a blanket on the go.

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  7. Love those colors! I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.

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  8. Love the colours of your ripple blanket, it is going to look awesome!

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  9. I like plain and neutral and then add my own colour. Your ripple throw is looking very nice.

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  10. I had an aunt who made countless crocheted throws and afghans. It gave her such pleasure to make them and see them scattered throughout the homes of the people she blessed with them. She passed several years ago but I still find her blankets in linen closets and the backs of couches when visiting family so keep on making them if it makes you happy. :)

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  11. I don't think you can have too many blankets or afghans when they're handmade. You can always swap them round with the seasons, it's a nice change of energy to put different things out from time to time I think. Our sofa are a little tired, shall we say, I think before too long they may need a little blankety assistance. Lovely to see your progress. I'm knitting a blanket for my littlest boy, I must take a photo. Slow progress, but it's simple (stocking stitch) and I'm really enjoying it. CJ xx

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  12. Lots of colourful blankets=lots of snuggle time! always a bonus! X

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  13. Your blankie looks great, Jennifer. Fort builders always need more blankies so keep rippling! :oD

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  14. Great colors! My house needs such work in so many other areas like paint and countertops that I've hardly had the mental space to work on furniture creativity yet. But when I do, I will look for clean looking lines and simple colors with vibrant throws!

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  15. as everyone else has said, you can't have too many throws or blankets, plus it's very good for your mental health to keep crafting & it's very relaxing anyway, good for the stress
    love those colours, can't wait to see the finished blanket. also if you do find yourself with too many there are plenty of organisations around that take donated handmade throws for charity.
    love your blog
    your backyard looks fun too
    thanx for sharing

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  16. I really like your colors! Those crocheted blankets are good for you to make and for everyone else to use. :)

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  17. Love the colors. I invite you to share at my link up today

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  18. Gosh Jennifer how did I miss so many of your posts? Your ripple is coming along nicely and I like the colours you're using. My settee is old and worn it looks awful when the sun shines on it and all the faded parts stand out it's a terracotta colour which was beautiful when I bought it but now it needs replacing, I'm hanging on until I move house which probably won't happen any time soon so I hide all the shabby bit with throws and blankets, you can never have too many and if you do you can always donate it to charity. :) xx (Love the Summer skirts)

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  19. Love how your ripple is coming along. My Dorset ripple is progressing slowly but I'm loving it - it's such a relaxing stitch isn't it? I think our sofas are truly hideous - they were R's choice and It was easier to live with them than with his moaning otherwise! I'm always trying to hide them beneath blankets. Can't wait to see yours finished. xx

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  20. I'm a fan of natural, earthy colours too. I like sludgy shades and those which reflect the landscape: heather, grey, mossy green, slate blue. And the odd hit of colour (but again, muted) like burnt orange or mustard yellow.
    I'd love to be able to crochet like you and suspect if I could, the house would be festooned with throws!

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  21. I always find it hard to keep track of characters when there's lots of them, it can spoil a book in my opinion. Your blanket is really coming on now. I have two cream leather sofas so a bit of bright coloured crochet really brightens them up. I don't think a home can have too many blankets in it.

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  22. You can never have too many blankets, Jennifer! Once you reach the maximum number you feel your couch can hold you can move into doing seasonal blankets, taking certain ones out during each season of the year. That way you will need four times as many as your maximum capacity. :-)

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  23. I do like your colour choices and I also like the layered approach to decorating. So you may hang a new painting or make a couple of new cushions or even as I did this winter arrange my bookcase by colour (don't, it's impossible to find any book without scanning the whole) and instantly the room feels fresh and alive again. I don't think you can ever have too many blankets. I emptied the cupboard of a couple of ancient crochet blankets the other week and my 21 year-old son who was passing through said he would like them for his university digs so they've gone back to Oxford with him. No doubt they will be wrecked pretty soon (they are already in a fragile state) but better that than languishing in a cupboard. Our sitting room sofa is 18 years old, the one before that made it to 25 years. I just add more cushions and plump the seat and back cushions almost daily and it's fine.

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  24. We may not share a love of crochet, but relentless talker, we have that in common ;o)

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  25. Loving the earthiness of that blanket Jennifer! I think it will look so cool on your sofa! And that book is one that I would enjoy as well as I too like learning the ins and outs of things! Wishing you a great upcoming weekend! I can't believe it is already almost the "end" of June! Hope your summer is going well with your kiddos! Nicole xoxo

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  26. Love the earthy colours of your ripples, and it's so neat too 😊 I'd love to have pretty light coloured sofas again one day, but for now the presence of two chocolate furry dogs dictate that tan leather sofas will be around for a while yet! But I agree, it's lovely to add interest, texture and colour with throws & pillows. Happy weekend to you too, hugs xx

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  27. I think handmade throws and cushions are a great way to add colour to furniture. We have a grey sofa which is a nice background for our cushions and blankets. Your ripple blanket keeps growing every week and the colours go really well together. I'm interested to see what the next colour will be. Enjoy your new book and the weekend!

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  28. There is always a use for a crochet blanket! I am on the last two rows of Annie's ripple blanket. I like to find out about the use of language, too. Language tells us so much about our society, doesn't it? Have a lovely weekend. x

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  29. There's nothing like a crocheted blanket thrown over a sofa to help make a room feel all warm and cozy. I love how yours is looking...and you can never have too many, Jennifer, plus they're so fun to make! ... Your newest book sounds like fun too. Have a great weekend with those cute little bears of yours! xo

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  30. You can never have too many blankets, our furniture is mostly neutral tones too, you can then change it up with colours warm and cosy in winter and cool in summer.
    Clare x

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  31. You're such a neat rippler, Jennifer. Really lovely colours. When I'm reading a book I can't get on with, I now give up before giving it anymore of my time. I used to trawl right through to the end because I felt guilty about abandoning it! Now common sense prevails!

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  32. I do love the earthy tones of your blanket x

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  33. Goodness - that book sounds like a really fascinating read. I love all things to do with times gone by (bar the lack of facilities!) I should have been either born in the 50's or in the era of Pride and Prejudice!! I love your ripple - those colours are some of my favourites. Blues have overtaken the greens recently for me but they are still a big personal love. I too have boring functional furniture. Largely due to buying 'sensibly' or within a budget (dull). I do the same - paint, crochet or sew things to add a bit of individuality to them and make them more reflect me. I don't think we'll ever stop. We'll eventually (cue scarey thought) start making items for our children's homes and it will just continue ;o) Anyhow, take care, J9 x

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