13/05/2012 § 15 Comments
Since the excitement of the big reveal of Ripple One on Friday – click here if you missed the BIG moment – life has been busy, busy over the weekend.
At last, we have enjoyed some sunshine. In Alton yesterday, the Art & Craft Market was in full swing and once again, I met some lovely friends, loyal customers and new people to chat to. I hope you all enjoy your Adaliza gifts and treats!
Our daughter arrived home and we went for a celebratory meal on Friday evening – a new job in London beckons! She, however, had an ulterior motive for popping home – she wants to do patchwork! So she came with an empty case, and returned with a sewing machine, threads, fabrics, pins and needles + a cutting mat and rotary cutter and lots of ideas. She then, after returning to London, sent a photo at 3 am in the morning of an almost completed cot quilt – a present for a friend! She certainly seems to have ‘got the bug’!
To answer a few questions I’ve had about the yarn for Ripple – I started with a few odd balls of DK and bought more from anywhere and everywhere as I went along. I was amazed how different DK can work out, but Ripple was very good natured and didn’t seem to mind what colour or make came next. The only criteria was that it had to be pure wool – that’s including alpaca etc, which I absolutely love. I made up the colour waves as I went along, occasionally planning a couple of rows ahead, which seemed to work. I was far too impatient to write anything down, or make a proper plan!
Today, I’ve spent an hour or so planning more cushions and makes for the coming week – trying to get organised so that I can pick something up to work on in every spare ‘window of opportunity’. My stock is somewhat depleted so I need to replenish! I’ll probably be a bit quiet this week and then show you what’s going to be on offer at the end of the week. That’s because next weekend is Art & Design in Winchester – oh yes, 3 fairs in a month! I’m calling it ‘Madness in May-time’!!!
Do pop by to see what’s happening at Handmade Monday over in its new home in Handmade Harbour. I was very bad at commenting last week – sorry, I don’t know where last week went! Will try to do better this week!
Enjoy your week – keep on making!
11/05/2012 § 16 Comments
Ripple One – my first ripple blanket is finished! And – the sun came out to celebrate!
I hooked away at the foundation chain and first row, whilst watching Wales win the Six Nations Triple Crown (its rugby, if you’re not Welsh), on 25 February and I finished it last evening 10 May. That’s 75 days by my counting.
155 single rows (most stripes are 2 rows of the same colour) and she weighs 1.6 kg. She’s 1.55 m from below the pillows to the bottom of the bed and 2.10 m wide, including the pineapple border. I haven’t crocheted pineapples for at least 30 years – they’re fun!
Now I mentioned this morning that she’d challenged my perceptions. Almost every day for months, I’ve measured progress by holding her up against me, with the stripes horizontally placed. Then, as I made more progress, I laid her on our bed – my beloved, who has become very attached to this blanket, kept asking if it was going to fit on the bed – but with the stripes placed horizontally she wasn’t wide enough to keep both of us warm. I pondered and fussed for weeks – whilst still increasing the rows! The solution was staring me in the face – as most do, if you wait for a while – turn her sideways!
I added a few rows and a simple red shell border to the top and bottom borders but wanted something just a bit showy for the sides. So when a rummage in a local charity shop revealed a huge bag of beautiful Robin pure wool, in a non-challenging grey, my mind was made up – pineapples all the way!
It took me a few attempts to reconcile myself to stripes going sideways, but all is well in ripple-land now. I’m so pleased with her. Last night we slept soundly, and this morning, when I woke I put my hand outside to feel her – such a sense of achievement. It’s great to make something, to enjoy the journey and snuggle up in the result.
Tomorrow I’ll be in Alton – in sunshine hopefully – at the Art & Craft market. Pop by and say Hello.
Enjoy your weekend.
PS Read about her Easter journey here, although she appears in other posts too.