Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ripple Repeat


Hello! I hope you've been having a good week. Here, the floor project is almost wrapped up, to my relief. The furniture is back in the room but it's every which way while we wait for the flooring man to come back one last time (he was here yesterday), to finish one little area of edging that was measured incorrectly and therefore just a little too short. I'm just a tiny bit annoyed, but I'm staying calm. It will be okay. Meanwhile, life goes on as normal and we've had a productive week. A big school project (almost all video, which is pretty cool) is finished, some serious cleaning has been undertaken, and the yard is looking good after a little tidying job. I like January - it agrees with me. The cold is welcome, the days are a really good length, and I feel motivated and energetic.

Today, I want to share my latest crocheted blanket creation. I know, I'm still making blankets over here. It's just about seven years since I started making my first ripple blanket, using Lucy's Neat Ripple pattern, which we used constantly until it literally fell apart, stripe by stripe, over the past year or so. I guess you could say we used it to death. It went out the door in a trash bag just a few months ago, having reached an irretrievable state of disrepair. I decided to crochet a new ripple to replace it, because I really like having a big ripple blanket around. The fabric made from this pattern is warm and substantial, a great weight for cold-weather enjoyment. This new blanket, like my last few, was a stash-buster. I had a lot of worsted-weight acrylic yarn to get through, just to use it up and make room for something new eventually (not even sure what yet, I just wanted to get.this.yarn.out.of.here.already). Notably, this blanket is the first one I've made without a single purchase of new yarn. I have often bought a ball or three to fill in gaps in my color collection, but I didn't do that here. I was deadly serious about finishing up.


And here we are. The blanket is quite large, so it wasn't easy to photograph in its entirety, but I think you can get the idea from this photo. I think it's about six feet long by five feet wide, plenty large enough for using while we read or watch TV. The Bear seems to think I made it just for him, and I haven't disabused him of the notion. He certainly deserves a good blanket. The colors are kind of a hodge-podge, but that's a stash-buster for you. I think they're mostly in the same family and work well enough together. I've come and gone with brightly-colored blankets over the past few years, and there are more deliberately-planned blankets in my future, but I'm glad to make something a bit motley too.


I tried something new with my color arrangement this time, inspired by this Neat Ripple project I came across on Ravelry. The maker of that blanket says in her project notes that she planned her colors by picking a color that looked good next to the previous one. Simple, right? I have always tried to plan stripes several at a time, which works okay for the most part but also tends to drive me a little nuts as I try to remember what I was going to put where. So I decided to try this approach instead, and you know what? It was so refreshing, a real pleasure. I didn't worry about whether a color would work with another one two or three rows back (or, you know, ten rows back in my most obsessive moments). I just went with the one I'd just completed. This was so much easier and I didn't agonize over colors much at all. It made crocheting this blanket a lot more fun.


If you've never crocheted a blanket from this lovely pattern, I think you should. It's a delight to work, just going up and down, valley to crest, side to side. I like it very much. It's easy to memorize, and you can do other things while you work, like watch TV, help kids with their schoolwork, listen to podcasts and talk radio or your favorite music. Really, as long as you can count to four, you're good. 


I didn't add a border to this blanket, which is unusual for me. But to be honest, I don't actually like borders on ripple blankets. I think they look a little strange, and don't really enhance the beauty of the ripples themselves. I also felt that with so many colors, it might look a little too busy. The sides of a ripple are naturally neat and straight, and the ends have a pretty, scalloped shape. I just left it alone and I'm happy with that.


This new blanket has already gotten lots of use and that makes me very happy too. Our cold winter this year sends everyone scrambling for a blanket to use whenever they're on the couch. We're spending more time in the house and that means more snuggle time under a blanket, which is never a bad thing in my book.


Yes, another ripple was just the thing for me and the rest of the family. I was sad to see the demise of my first big blanket project - the ripple I labored over for weeks just to get the stitch pattern down, and then another few months to get it big enough to actually wear it - but making a new one gives me a great feeling of accomplishment and progress. I've come a long way as a crocheter and I've learned a lot about myself along the way. It's amazing how much crafting can change you, giving you skills and confidence in yourself, a belief that you can learn new things and make something everyone can enjoy. I didn't have those feelings very often before I learned to crochet but they're solid in me now. My new ripple reminds me of the important journey I've made - the things I've learned, the rewarding experiences I've had as a crafter and a blogger, and best of all, the wonderful friendships I've made along the way. Crochet has been a powerful force in my life, unexpectedly and blessedly.

Ripple Repeat
Pattern: Neat Ripple by Attic 24
Yarn: I Love This Yarn worsted acrylic in the following colors: Cranberry, Terra Cotta, Old Rose^, Rosy Cheeks, Sea Blue, Glacier, Arctic, Antique Teal, Stonewash, Navy, Graybeard, Graphite, Coffee, Sungold, Dark Olive, Mid Green, Ivory, Black (^discontinued); Vanna's Choice worsted acrylic in following colors: Rose, Dusty Blue, Dusty Purple, Dusty Green; Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek aran acrylic in Mauve and Plum.
Hook: Clover Amour I/9 (5.5mm)
Size: approximately 72 inches by 60 inches
Started: September 2018
Finished: January 2018

13 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful make and a delight to read that it is getting a lot of use already. I love the colour combination and the ripple pattern is always a hit. Hope the floor gets sorted quickly. Take care.

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  2. That's come out really nicely. I've "lost" my DK acrylic yarn stash (mostly Stylecraft Special DK) as DD2 has started crocheting and has taken it all!! I've currently got some crocheted place mats and coasters drying in the tumble dryer, which she's made for Granny (who's coming for dinner tomorrow).

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  3. Your blanket is beautiful! You really are so talented. I also really like the month of January. It's such a nice, calm month - a time to rest and relax after the holidays.

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  4. Wow! That's quite a big blanket. I've actually never made a ripple, but I'm all for easy, rhythmic patterns. And do love an eclectic mix of colors. The yarns available here just aren't the same as what you can get in the States.

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  5. It's fabulous. I think too much thinking time can be put into projects sometimes, those which are quite random often give us a surprise as they work out perfectly. The colours work well together in your blanket and it does look very warm and snuggly, just what you want at this time of year.

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  6. What a lovely blanket and how great your husband is enjoying it as well as the rest of the family

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  7. It is a beautiful blanket, warm and cosy even to the eye :-) I am not surprised the bear loves it. I am a bit envious actually, you have a husband that appreciates your blankets. My own largely ignores my blankets and I have never seen him using one... All the more cosiness for me! Have a wonderful weekend. xx

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  8. Wow, it's lovely, and no doubt deliciously warm. The colours are great, strong but not too bright, I really like it. No doubt you still have some winter weather in which to enjoy it. But what next..? CJ xx

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  9. It is a beauty. I am glad you found it relaxing. I made my first ripple this year and it was indeed a joy to work on. I am going to start a spice for life blanket for 2019 to use up some acrylic stash which has been given to me over the past year. Jo x

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  10. The blanket looks beautiful.. the colors look great together.. glad you enjoyed doing it so much.

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  11. Beautiful... and it looks so warm and cozy!

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  12. It's so lovely, your colour combination works very well. I never, ever tire of seeing a crochet ripple blanket, I think it's an absolute classic. I've made a few but never actually made one for myself! I must rectify that. xx

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