When I wrote this post, trying to decide my plans for my scrappy mini ripple, in the face of my defection to its big sister of the full blanket variety, the one thing that I was certain of was that when I had a plan it was all going back in the bag until next spring at the earliest when I would decide whether I could bear any more rippling after finishing my magnum opus.
Well I made a plan, I tucked it all back in the bag and I popped it on the sofa next to my usual spot. And as I sat down of an evening to watch telly or catch up with H, I found that I picket it up, crocheted a few stitches and then tucked it away again. And then a few more and then a few more and then I got out the measuring tape and realised that I actually wasn’t that far away from finishing it, and as I’ve now got quite competent at trebles and increases and decreases and counting to four, it really wouldn’t take too much longer to finish.
The plan had come about after lots of consideration of all of your excellent suggestions. I was nearly swayed by the hot water bottle cover but in the end I looked and looked and looked some more and realised that width wise I had roughly the size of a pillow, an that if I did a few more rows to make a good sized rectangle I could make it into the front of a pillowcase with a scrappy patchwork back to go on one of the girls’ beds. It’s the right colours for their room, it’s pretty and soft and most of all, when I sit on Kitty’s bed to read their bedtime story it would give me something other than small stuffed animals to lean against. That may or may not have been the subliminal influence that made me get a move on and finish it.
And finished it is. Against all expectations and inclinations. For the last few days I’ve been measuring it against one of Kitty’s pillows and then the pillowcase itself (I want it more closely fitting than a pillowcase but obviously a pillow needs to actually fit in) and finally I checked, the girls checked and Pip drooled on it and we declared it done.
As I was darning in the ends I had one of those moments where you wonder whether you like it at all or whether it’s actually completely out of whack and you should rip it out and start all over again. I think I get that when I’ve got too close to a project, when I need to stand back and see it objectively from a distance. I so often work from a pattern and I think that gives you confidence that the colours are all going to come together and it will work out and the only element of pattern in the whole thing is that I followed Lucy’s neat ripple pattern using 14 different colours, 23 rows and 122 stitches.. The width was a guess (a lucky one as it turns out) and at most I was planning four colours ahead. I certainly didn’t plan when I started and put in all that lovely pink at the beginning that I would then use the rest of those two colours to make Christmas hats for the girls and they’d never make an appearance again. The hats were worth it though.
When I started I had a bag full of baby cashermino leftovers and it has ended up being mostly baby cash, but as time went on (and as I sorted out and reorganised my stash a bit) I added a few more bits and bobs, some Rowan Wool Cotton, a smidge of Sublime Silk Merino DK, and towards the end a bit of Rooster Almerino DK for another pop of pink. I’ve lost track of precisely which colours they all are (though careful examination of my Ravelry page would probably tell you – they are all my leftovers after all) and I’ve marked up which yarn is which here:
And when I took it outside to photograph under the dappled shade of our neighbour’s beautiful magnolia tree and I could truly see it as a whole I knew that the balance I thought I’d missed was still there, and I love it. I did momentarily wonder whether I should keep going to make a full blanket but while I still have some yarn leftover, it would be a very greeny blue blanket and I think it’s perfect stopped where it is.
As do the intended recipients, who keep trying to run off with it for their tent.
The next step is to consult the fabric stash for some leftovers to make a scrappy back of either a log cabin or two or just pretty squares, all depending on the size and shape of the available fabrics; the girls have promised to help, by which they mean “help” and goodness only knows what the stash will look like when we’re finished but I’m really looking forward to it.
And as for the half bag of yarn leftover (you can see it’s gone down so much since I started here), I have a plan. Because there are two little girls and that means two pillows to be as fair as possible. I’m not doing another ripple, I think that might be overkill, at least not without something to cleanse my crochet palate in between, so I’m thinking something modular, possibly triangles or hexagons – anyone got any ideas?