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09/04/2015

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Ripple and Mini Ripple

09/04/2015

Sat under the Christmas tree was a giant soft squishy looking parcel with my name on it.  I knew what it was, sort of. I’d mentioned to H that I’d really really like a ripple blanket crochet kit for Christmas, and pointed him at the website, and shown him exactly which pattern it was that I wanted, but I left it up to the family to choose the colour.  And as I pulled off the paper and the Cottage colours came into view I knew they’d got it spot on. Actually I don’t think they could have got it wrong if they’d tried, I love every colour variation of Lucy’s Ripple Blanket and I have a horribly wonderful feeling I’m going to end up wanting to make all of them, but I’m so pleased to be starting with Cottage.

And so on Christmas night I picked up my crochet hook and cast on. Is it cast on for crochet? I’m not sure? Anyway, whatever it is for starting in crochet I duly started, working the huge long foundation chain and painstakingly counting my repeats as I worked the first real row along it.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Since Christmas I’ve picked it up in spare moments, while watching the children finish their lunch, while they play in the back garden on a rare sunny day, or while watching films or tv shows that I don’t need to actually watch and can just listen to.  I highly recommend it, Game of Thrones is much more watchable if you don’t actually watch and I made huge progress while we watched the whole four series in a Christmassy marathon.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And then it was a stitch here and there and thanks to some sterling work over the weekend I am currently finishing off the 16th colour. Just 68 colours to go then. And the border.  Based on 16 colours over a three month period I should finish sometime in the summer of 2016, but as I think we’d all like to snuggle up under it a little bit sooner I might up the ante and try to make some more progress.  After all, Game of Thrones is starting again soon and I have also finished knitting a pair of socks (more on which another day) which has been taking up a lot of my free hands time.  But as we’re currently hooked on Banished and Poldark both of which need to be watched for the scenery alone, I find myself knitting to stop my hands from fidgiting.  Perhaps I need to learn how to crochet without looking – is that even possible? Is it something that just comes with lots of practice like knitting did, or do you always wonder whether you’ve decided to randomly crochet into the middle of the blanket?Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But even if I manage to speed crochet my way to victory and my rough deadline of Christmas that leaves me with one small quandary.  Do you remember this?

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This was my ripple before the real ripple, my sort of practice, sort of not quite sure what it’s going to be but I want to use up this nice yarn from the stash anyway sort of a project.  I thought about finishing it before I started the big ripple, I did, I promise, but I am fickle and the colours were lovely and 16 rows tells of my inconstancy towards this mini ripple.

When I was merrily trebling back along that top line of Cocoa and wondering what should become of its smaller predecessor I was set in my mind that I was just going to call it a swatch, frog it back and make Kitty or Elma an amazingly stripy cardigan from all the different lengths of yarn.  But then when I went to take pictures of it and unearthed the bag from underneath the swift, half a hat that was cast on and discarded in December and several of Pip’s squeakiest toys I remembered that although it’s very different in tone, a delicate sweet pea perhaps, compared to a riot of pompom dahlias in the cottage ripple, I do actually rather love it.

I know that if I just shove it back in the bag I might never get any further with it.  There is after all a good chance that after 168 rows of ripple I may have had enough ripple to last a lifetime, or I might forget where the bag is, or forget what size hook I’m using, or just generally neglect it, so even if I don’t do anything with it right here and now, I’m trying to come up with a plan for the future.  

I don’t think it’s going to be a full blanket, I think I’d need to made the same again twice over and I don’t think I’ve got enough yarn for that.  I could fold it in half right now and make a very tiny cushion, but very tiny cushions are usually only good for throwing on the floor and getting in the way.  I think if I did do a few more rows I could make it the front of a pillow sized cushion and sew a fabric back to it, or possibly make up a scrappy patchwork back which could be fun, or I could push myself and keep trying for a giant square floor cushion.  

Or we could simply go with Pip’s idea and have it as a chew toy.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

So what haven’t I thought of, what would you do with it?