Thursday, October 25, 2018

Ripples and raindrops

Hello! How are you doing? I'm well, but what a week we've been having here. We had a big storm over Tuesday and Wednesday - related to Hurricane Willa, I think - which brought us an incredible amount of rain. We had something like two and half inches at our house, which is pretty major for a fall storm, and it was the best kind of storm we could hope for in our drought-stricken area. It rained lightly, sometimes moderately, for about 36 hours, which means that the rain really got a chance to soak in. I'm hopeful that the rest of this fall and winter will bring more good storms. Miss GB had a school field trip to a nature center in the mountains during the rain and came home soaked through and covered in mud, giving me lots of cleaning and laundry, but she had a wonderful time.

We also had an unfortunate hen loss this week; one of our younger three hens, Caramel, died on Wednesday. Poor Caramel. We don't know what happened, but we'll miss her. Now we're down to three hens and would you believe old Betty is still alive? Yes, our black and white hen, the Barred Rock from the original three we started with almost five years ago. She has slowed down a bit - and hasn't laid an egg in years - but she's still trucking along. She's one tough Betty.


I've been working on a new blanket, just trying to get this silly stash whittled down. I had so.much worsted acrylic yarn, collected over the past seven or eight years since I started crocheting seriously. I like to use this kind of yarn for most of my blankets because it's durable and washable, and I can get lots of colors. Once it's all gone (someday?) I will turn to my stash of DK acrylic yarns and probably make some blankets with that too. I can't believe all of this yarn. I don't even think it's a particularly large stash as these things go, but it's a lot for me, you know? I can usually be found trying desperately to get things OUT of my house (it's sort of a passion, especially lately), but the yarn supplies crept up on me. No worries, though, I can always find something to make. This time, it's an old standby, the Neat Ripple pattern from Attic 24, which I used around 2012 to make my first big blanket - we go way back. I've also make a smaller DK baby blanket; it's such a great, simple design. My friend Jo is making one too! Hers is so pretty; the colors remind me of Neapolitan ice cream.



Mine is more of a hodge-podge, but I'm having fun with it. The colors are all in family for my general tastes, and are leftovers from various blankets of the past. I have a lot of cream, dark brown, gray and black to use up, so those are getting more repeats than any other colors. I like the look of the cream here, since many of the colors are rather deep - I think it lifts this blanket out of looking somewhat gloomy and boring. I have never really used black in a blanket before, though, so that's been a new experience. I'm not even sure why I have black yarn, actually - but that's the joy of stashbusting, isn't it? You just never know what you'll find!


I love the easy, rhythmic pattern. I started with 216 (213+3) chains for my foundation row, using a J/10 hook (one size up from the I/9 hook I continued with, to help keep the foundation loose). It's about five feet wide and I'll crochet as long as the yarn holds out. It's meant to be a general-purpose couch blanket, good for TV, reading, lounging, napping (if only...). I've been crocheting over my yarn ends, a decision I may live to regret. It's easier, and I'm enjoying not having to do all that darning right now. Ask me again in a few months...or maybe don't.


I'm really enjoying this blanket. It's relaxing, and I'm not in any hurry to finish, so I'm just picking it up when I have a little time. I try to make a stripe every day. I'm not always successful, but some days I make two stripes, so it all works out. It's really nice to have a simple, soothing project on the go again.

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  1. I like the idea of crocheting in the ends. It's looking really good, the colours are great, and really striking with the black and white. It's comforting to have a bit of a stash I think. I only have a tiny one, but it's nice to open the box from time to time and see what's in there. The storm sounds great, I love some dramatic weather. Happy crocheting, while the rain lashes down. CJ xx

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  2. You make your blanket crocheting sound so soothing. It's looking great with all those bold colours. I don't have much of a stash usually, but I have materials lined up for the next few projects and I'm keen to work through them. Your weather sounds amazing. Here we have been enjoying golden sunshine which I appreciate as much as you do your rain. Have a good week.

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  3. I’m glad you got some rain for your area Jennifer. We are supposed to get some tomorrow and again next week and I’m looking forward to it. We really need it here too.
    Your blanket is turning out beautifully. I love all of the colors. They remind me of the blankets my grandmother used to make using up all the odds and ends. It will be nice and warm and perfect for those naps that you’re sure to get. Ha ha!
    Blessings always, Betsy

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  4. That's a great way to use your stash!
    Sorry about Caramel. I remember when you got Betty!

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  5. There's been a couple of storms around here, too, with flooding, but they stayed to the outskirts of the country so we didn't get much of anything. Very windy and cloudy outside today. Your blanket looks great. I don't feel we have so many colors of yarn here in the same brands and it's only been recently that they've started getting thicker yarns which is what I prefer to work with. I love using black in granny square blankets. Trying to make some small cat blankets right now that I plan to give to some of the rescue groups. I really need to find ways to use up all the yarn I have but every time I want to make something, I wind up buying more. It's a never ending battle.

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  6. I am sorry about Caramel Jennifer. Please though to hear that you had slow steady rain to alleviate the draught.

    Your blanket WIP is really beautiful, the colours are so lovely. I must be the only person in the world who doesn't like to ripple, which is such a shame because I do love the look of a ripple blanket. Have a lovely weekend. xx

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  7. So sorry to hear about your chicken Caramel. Love the blanket and the wonderful array of colour. Crochet is such a lovely way to relax.

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  8. That blanket is looking lovely! we are expecting a lot of rain soon from this same event! So sorry about Caramel!!! Have a wonderful peaceful weekend!

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  9. Love all the colors, and I love that it's solid. Many ripple patterns have a hole, open stitch area where you have your peaks and valley's. Going to check out the pattern you're using.
    Sandy's Space

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  10. You and Jo have ganged up on me showing me your pretty Neat Ripple blankets so I read through Lucy's tutorial and started a preemie blanket. I have to study how to do the curvy part stitch that is new to me, but I hope to learn. So glad you had a good rain and that GB had a good trip in it. We are finally getting some much needed rain and I hope when the clouds lift Mt. Hood will be snow covered again. I am sorry you lost Caramel and I am amazed at Betty's longevity! Wishing you a happy weekend. xx

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  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your hen, Jennifer. We also had a lot of rain yesterday - almost three inches! Your blanket is really coming along so nicely. I love the colors you chose. Hope you have a great, fall weekend!

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  12. Thats'a beautiful blanket! Lovely, clean look. I have a stash a bit like yours. I made 2 crocheted blankets a few years ago, but I think all the crocheting I did damaged my thumbs. Now I only knit and weave, and I miss making blankets like this! Have you heard of the As-We-Go-Stripey blanket? I'll try to put a link here for it. It's a kind of fancy version of what you're doing, very fun! https://notyouraveragecrochet.com/as-we-go-stripey-blanket/

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  13. Thank you for the good and very helpful information. It is very interesting. I love all the things you share and see your beautiful creation.
    Gclub

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  14. Sorry to hear the sad news about your hen. Your blanket is looking fabulous, I love stash busting projects. It's always a sense of achievement to make something wonderful with stuff you have lying around the house...

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  15. And here in Illinois, we've had way too much rain! October was an unusually cold and rainy month. There's still so much standing water in the flat, low corn fields, that it looks like there's ponds in the middle of the fields.

    I'm so sorry to hear that one of your hens died. :-(

    Your blanket is so pretty!

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  16. I'm sorry to hear about Caramel, one of the drawbacks of having animals is when we lose one, always very sad. Your ripple blanket is looking great. I really enjoyed making the two ripple blankets that I made, it's such a soothing rhythm and I'd like to make another at some point in the future.

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  17. We've been having a bit of rain here and there too.. the weekend was especially rainy and windy but we are a little less happy about it than you.. happy rain to you!
    The blanket looks great.. cheery :)

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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