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Coast Ripple Blanket #5

The Ripple blanket has come back out to play after last being worked on about four years ago. This is what it looked like when I put it away to do some shinier, newer projects.

Ripple-07 And this is what it looks like now.  I haven’t got much done, only 9 rows but I’d forgotten just how lovely and soft the Stylecraft DK is to work with. As it’s a simple pattern, I can do this while watching TV so I’m hoping to get it done fairly soon, and then I may do a smaller project or two, or I may carry on with Arizona and get that finished.

Last week I spent some time tidying and adding my yarn to Ravelry. I do have rather a lot, and my yarn boxes and drawers are full. Very full. I decided that I really needed to use a lot of it up before buying any more. So, no more trips to Aldi when the craft stuff is in, and definitely no more projects being started until the existing WIPs are complete.

Guess how long that resolve lasted? Right up until we went into Aldi for grocery shopping and found yarn there. Ok, so I only bought three packs, but one of them was such a good match to my winter coat, that I made a scarf in it. It’s a lovely squishy, chunky yarn and I decided to use Waffle stitch to make a textured scarf that’d be fairly stiff. The yarn is So Crafty Knit & Purl baby yarn and there were 4 100g balls in the pack. Just the right amount to make a scarf that can be worn like this. It’s incredibly warm, soft and snuggly so will be perfect for next winter.

A close up of the waffle stitch. The yarn was lovely to work with. I’d describe it as a chenille. No splitting and it flowed off the hook. It’d be great for making something like a loose cardi or jacket, instead of living in fleeces all the time.

Hopefully I’ll get back to the ripple now and have some decent progress to show soon.


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Coast Ripple Blanket #4

This will be the last update on this for a while as the CAL has now started for Last dance on the beach, and I’ll be concentrating on that.

I got about another eight rows done on this before putting it away. It’s getting quite long now so it’ll be lovely and warm to sit under and crochet once the winter temperatures arrive.

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Coast Ripple Blanket #3

I’ve managed to get another seven rows done on this and it’s now starting to look more blanket-like.

Ripple-06It’s very warm on my legs as I’m working on it so I feel that it might get put on one side for the summer months, assuming we get any. As it would be a shame to have no crochet to play with while it’s warmer, I allowed myself to be tempted by another Attic24 design, with wool pack from The Wool Warehouse.

SunnyLogCabin-01It’s worked as separate squares so no heavy blanket sitting on my legs and I love the Log Cabin design. The colours are scrumptious and very different to the Coast Ripple.

SunnyLogCabin-02The plan was to make a start on this once it got too warm to do the Ripple but recently I spotted something that changed my mind.

I was reading a few blogs, hopping from one to the other when I came across a CAL (crochet-along) and I’m afraid it was simply irresistible. The packs are available from The Wool Warehouse and come in three colour combinations. I’m quite smitten with two of them but I think I’ve decided which one to do.

The CAL starts on April 20th which I think will be the perfect time to put the Ripple away until the cooler weather. It consists of lots of different squares, using different stitches and techniques, which sounds like great fun. It uses a brand of yarn that I’ve heard of, but never used so that’s something new too.

I’ll post photos of the yarn pack as soon as it arrives!


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Coast Ripple Blanket

I haven’t done any crochet for ages, but last week I spotted this on the shelf and just fancied doing some more to it. It wasn’t until I looked for the last update on here that I realised that I’ve barely touched it for a year. I guess I just got too busy with other things.

This is how it looked last time with just seven rows done.

Ripple-02After doing some more to it, I attempted to take some photos. Cat-free photos, that is. The first attempt wasn’t successful. Frodo was fascinated by the dangling ends.

Ripple-05Take two. Almost there – he just flicked his tail in there at the last minute.

Ripple-04Third time lucky after folding it again to make a smaller target.

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Not a lot to show for a year, is it. There are sixteen rows now, out of eighty-four. The problem is that I’m not enjoying it as much as I did the log cabin blanket. It’s not as interesting to hook. I’ll persevere though, and get it finished, but next time I’ll do one with squares again. Probably with lots of interesting stitches.

 


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Coast Ripple Blanket

I’ve made a start on this and am really enjoying hooking it. The rows are so long though, that it takes me ages to do each stripe so it’s going to be a very long-term project.

This is the progress so far.

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I love the colours!

I’m not bothered how long this one takes to make, although with it getting so chilly now, it would be nice if it was a bit bigger to keep me warm while I crochet 😉


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A huge bag of yarn

Look what I’ve got!

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It’s a huge bag, full of yarn to make Lucy’s ripple afghan.

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I’ve been looking at this one for a while as I love both the design and the colours so it was easiest to buy the kit straight from The Wool Warehouse. Free delivery and it arrived the next day. Great service from them, as usual.

I’ll be making a start on this shortly so hopefully will have an update soon.


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The log cabin afghan is finally finished

Hooray! This is the largest crochet project that I’ve ever undertaken, and at one point, I thought it’d never be finished. Finally it is though and I’m chuffed to bits with it.

I went for the wiggly design when putting it all together and I really like how it looks. Here it is, pretending to be a rug.

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And draped over a single bed. It’s quite a nice size for that.

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If that’s slightly out of focus, it’ll be because I was standing on a cushioned chair to get the right angle and I was wobbling a bit on the bouncy surface. Only a little wobble, I hasten to add. I was in no danger.

A close up of it when folded.

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And another to show the joins. I used that zip method which was very easy to do and I like the effect.

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One last photo of it in its new home – on the back of Stephen’s sofa. Now if he needs a quick nap, he can snuggle under his blanket.

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I’ve got a fair bit of yarn left and I’m thinking of making a matching cushion with it. Not yet though as I’ve got a couple of other projects in progress and several more lined up.


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Log cabin afghan update

I finally picked the afghan up again to do the next round on it. I have 18 squares on the go at the moment and have now finished another round on them all.

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They’re growing! Four rounds done now.

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The next round is in ice blue and is another bobble stitch round. I may dive straight into that or I may do another small project first. Decisions, decisions…


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18 slightly larger Log Cabin squares

That’s round three finished on the eighteen squares that are currently in progress.

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I think I’ll do another round on all of them before deciding whether to split them for further rounds. I’m discovering that doing the same round over and over helps me to do them faster as I don’t need to keep referring to the pattern for the count.

I may start my new scarf before I do round four on the afghan though. It’s definitely chilly outside and I could use something warm and snuggly to wrap round my neck.


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Log cabin squares

I’ve done a bit more to my Log Cabin afghan. I have six finished squares from my last go at it, so I thought I’d do six more to go with them. Six at a time seemed a reasonable number to work on at once.

I’m getting on quite well with them and have done the centres and the next round already.

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That was the plan. Six at a time. Unfortunately, I got a bit carried away and when I thought to check, I’d done seven. I thought I might as well do one more to make it eight, and then thought I’d do one more to make nine. That’s because I’ve worked out that I will definitely have enough yarn to do eighteen so nine would be half of that. Then, next time, I could do the other nine. Perfect.

Problem was, I was a bit distracted as I’ve just discovered the boxed sets of Doctor Who in the catch-up thing on the TV. I’ve been watching them while I crochet and I got so interested in the episodes that I was watching, that I ended up with this.

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There were eighteen when I finally noticed that maybe I should stop making the bobbly centres. Once you’ve done a few, you can just knock them out without really thinking about what you’re doing, and apparently that’s exactly what I did. Once I’d stopped making centres, I decided that I might as well do the next round on them all and then maybe the next round after that. Then I’ll decide whether to keep working on all eighteen or split them up.

It’s nice having so many started. I can almost see a finished afghan.