Wednesday, 20 October 2010

My Ripple

Just a few photo's of my ripple so far.

I Love, Love, Love it!!!!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Righting Wrongs part1

It's nearly a couple of weeks ago now that I finished all the squares for my grey blanket.
And at first I was over the moon at having finished.
And then it dawned on me, (yes sometimes I am a bit slow you know lol) why am I so over the moon about this I thought.
I still have to sew the whole thing together as yet.
That is 120 knitted squares and 40 crocheted and I am not a hand sewing person at all.
What came over me to not think of this when I started the project I thought.
Well I did sew four rows togther and then I was bored with the thing.
Well I decided to go into what I will call Scarlett O Hara mode thinking to myself, "I don't want to think about that today, I'll think about it tomorrow."
So I decided to just get on with my ripple blanket and leave the grey one for a while.

Now this is the yarn I had bought awhile ago to make the ripple with.
However I decided not to use the grey ones, just the two creamy colours, the light brown and the pale lemon colour.
Well, I fell in love with these colours that I had seen online and I really wanted to use these for the ripple.
But I thought I'd better not buy them, no it would be better to use up colours from my stash.
The glittery ones are 45% wool and lovely and soft and fluffy, and the glitter, I love a bit of glitter.
And the cream one is 50% merino wool and is also lovely and soft.
Well I started the ripple and I love the wool it is so lovely to work with and it looks good too.
I then added a beige colour from my stash and it didn't look that bad at all, it's in between the two lemon colour stripes.
Then I added this colour from my stash.
It is called beige but it is more like a bluey mauvey beige (a strange colour altogether really lol).
I had a strange feeling about it but I went on.
Here is a close-up of the bluey, mauvey, beige thingy.
It was a bad move, but still I went on, some people never learn.
I had generated the stripe pattern over at the random stripe generator by the way and there were nine colours in the pattern.
So this meant that I had four of the colours that I had bought for the ripple and a cream colour that is nice and fluffy.
And then I was using colours from the stash for the other four colours.

Then I came to the point in the pattern where I had to join in another colour and I did this one.
And it was even worse than the other one I'd added.
I didn't like it at all.
So I had now come to the point that I entered Scarlett O Hara mode about the ripple too!!!!
I just didn't want to think about it too much, and it had started off so well.
So this is what it looked like on Sunday when I decided to go into Scarlett O Hara mode.
To be honest I hated it, yes I used the H word!!!
Well to be honest I loved the beginning.
And I loved working on this pattern too.
So on Monday I decided to order the four colours I'd fallen in love with online.
Thay came yesterday (but you already knew that otherwise I wouldn't have had a photo of them would I).
And today I pulled the ripple apart.
Up to the first beige I added that is the point I am showing you here.
So it doesn't always pay to try and use up stash, at lest that is what I've learn from this.
Well I've started on one of the glittery colours instead of the beige and I love it.
This is going to be a great ripple, soft, fluffy and glittery.
It was too dark to take any photos of it later today, but there will be plenty in later posts.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Some Weekend Inspiration

Crochet Bunting

Remember this?
It's my Tiny Heart Crochet Bunting see post here.
Well this week I found a site with a wonderful tutorial for granny triangles and a tutorial for making the most wonderful bunting.
The blog is Carina's Craftblog.
The granny triangle tutorial is here.
And the bunting tutorial is here.
Please have a good look around on this blog because this lovely lady as got some great stuff on there.
And wonderful clear tutorials.
I love the colours she used for her bunting.
I have not posted any of Carina's photo's here because of her copyright, go take a look.

Have a great and inspiring weekend!!!!!


Monday, 4 October 2010


Because I have discovered that it is better to sew the squares for my grey blanket together in daylight, this means I can work on my new ripple blanket in the evenings now!!!!!!
So yesterday evening I did, and this is what it looks like so far.
I am pleased and it is very relaxing to do.

Did You Know?

I don't know if you know this but I read this online a couple of weeks ago.
Garter stitch knitting has a two to one ratio.
Now that means that you have to do twice the rows as stitches to get a perfect square.
My grey blanket knitted squares had 25 stitches and I knitted 46 rows.
So this means although they look square they are not.
To get a perfect square I should have done 50 rows because I had 25 stitches.
Well I wanted to try this out and see for myself.
And it is true.

Here are two squares I knitted in garter stitch.
The one on the left is one of my grey blanket squares so it is 25 stitches and 46 rows.
The one on the right is 20 stitches and 40 rows.
Now they may both look square but the one on the right is perfectly square.
How can you tell?

Apart from measuring it that is.
Well you can fold it into a triangle and then you can see it.

This one isn't perfectly square see the bit that is over there on the left hand side?

But when folded the little green one makes a perfect triangle and is perfectly square.
I didn't know this when I started making my grey blanket but I will remember it in the future.
This only applies to garter stitch as far as I know.
And it works for any sort of yarn and number of stitches, as long as you do twice the amount of rows as you have stitches you will get a perfect square.

Grey Blanket Update

I promised photos of my grey blanket over the weekend but I didn't get around to posting.
But now here is my update.

I have finished all the squares now, I knitted the last three yesterday.
These are square that are sorted out ready to sew together in rows.

And these are the rest of the squares.
There are 160 squares altogether, 120 knitted and 40 granny's.

And this is it so far four rows finished.
I have found that it is best for me to sew them in daylight they look better then.
I hope to sew it all together this week and then on to the edging!!!!!!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Some Weekend Inspiration

I am enjoying myself so much knitting the square for my blanket.
So much so that I will knit another blanket in the future.
And maybe even try out different stitch blocks.
So I have been Inspired this week by these blankets.

I got the above photo from Flickr here. I'm not really into the colours of this blanket but I love the idea of the different stitch blocks.

And I don't know where I got this one from to be honest, (sorry but it's been on my computer for a while now if I find it again I will post the info.) but the idea of cables appeals to me too.

I found another squares blanket over at Flickr that I loved here.
Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!

P.S My own blanket is coming along nicely I'll be posting pic one day over the weekend.