I can't tell you how much I'm love love loving my current Ripple Journey. Right from when I first tussled over the colours back in September I had an inkling this blanket was going to be one big long Joy Ride, and so far that's exactly what it feels like. It really is a total JOyRiDe!!
It's great to be creating this blanket alongside Heather too as we get to watch them grow together, stripe by colourful stripe. Visually, it's very lovely indeed to witness two ripple blankets snuggled up to each other don't you think?! The above photo was taken on Saturday afternoon at our Official Ripple Along Meeting. It was a hugely enjoyable part of my weekend and involved tea and lemon drizzle cake alongside much chatter and companionable ripple action.
Ahhhhhhh I do so love making blankets. Love the lengthiness of the process, the fact that for weeks/months on end I get to hang out with this clump of woolly stripes. I can honestly say that I love every single element of making a ripple blanket.
I love the easy, clever pattern.
The soft, luxurious yarn.
The exciting, exuberant colours.
The soothing, rhythmic hooky action.
The happy, chatty social aspects.
The quiet, snuggly pyjama moments (photo taken by Little Man).
The warm, cosy evening moments.
Ripple ♥ Ripple ♥ Ripple.
This is where I'm up to at the moment, row 67. I have to say that I'm really rather pleased with how my stripes are working up with the double and single row interlocking colour thingy. It creates a lot of visual bounce and makes the colours play nicely with each other I think.
Choosing the colours at random is proving to be quite challenging actually, and not as easy as I thought it would be. At this point in the blanket I'm maybe a third of the way up and I love what I've done so far. It feels like a very happy accident that the colours are all boinging along so well together. But I have absolutely no idea where it'll go from here, hopefully it'll carry on it's merry way with the right mix of contrast and harmony. Oooooooo it's all very hugely exciting!
Talking of exciting, I am really, really enjoying seeing so many Ripple blankets coming into the world with the A24::LTB Ripple Along. More than two hundred members in our Flickr group now (yaaayyyy!!!), it makes for incredibly inspiring viewing. THANK YOU to all of you who are joining in, you are all invited round for tea and cake at our next Official Ripple Along Meeting.
ps three quick things..........
Thing #1 :: thank you for all your sweet words re the Hooky Trim. The pattern/tutorial will be coming very soon.
Thing #2 :: I'm also working on another pattern/idea which involves crochet holly. It's taking a lot of grey matter I can tell you, but I am super pleased with how it's coming along.
Thing #3 :: fancy casting a weeny vote?