Started in Feb 2012 and finished New Year’s Eve 2012! It took while and I usually don’t crochet in the warm southern months, but patience is definitely a part of working on big blankies.
Sometimes crochet is just busy work – to carry around with me and work on as I sit waiting on something or someone. Dish clothes are an excellent carry along project and help me get through the ‘waiting’.
Sometimes crochet is meditative and prayerful. Some of my best conversations with my Lord are while crocheting. Oft times the prayer is intercessory as I work on a gift for someone. The last scarf I completed was started with no one in mind, but before it was over, the Lord let me know who it was for.
Sometimes crochet is quite purposeful. There is a need. Charity squares and baby blankets are quite purposeful. They are also worked up with prayer.
Sometimes its just fun. Test squares are fun and so are garlands.
Sometimes I need to expand my skill level and there are plenty of challenging squares to fill the bill. Some day, there will be doilies in my house, homemade by me.
Sometimes I find something so amazingly beautiful and inspiring that I just have to make it. This ripple is such a project; inspired by Attic24 and her love of color.
Color is contagious and Color is happy!
Pattern: NeatRipple by Lucy of Attic24
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Wool – 2 balls of 10 colors. I adore this yarn!
Hook: H – my only Tulip Etimo hook and my favorite by far.
Each repeat is 28 stitches (add a ch 3 to turn)
With a starting chain of 227 (224 + 3) and 124 rows (62 color changes) this gave me a 60″x70″ afghan. It fits atop our queen size bed, but there is very little hanging over the side and it doesn’t quite make it top to bottom. The original plan was for a border of about 4 or 5 rounds, but I did not have enough of any color to complete one round. The colors were chosen randomly and I do wish I had bought a light orange color to add in the mix. Nevertheless, I am almost giddy with my big ripple and it has brought me many happy hours of crocheting, praying, sitting quietly or watching some TV, wrapping myself up with it while I work, making happy color choices, and just all around contentment.