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Recap of 2011 with Little Orphan Skein

When I started this blog almost a year ago, I didn’t know what I expected from it. I knew I wanted it to be about crafts, mostly crocheting, but I didn’t have a full plan as to what was going to be said, shown, or done.

Guess what this blog has done for me? It’s made me focus more on my creative side! When my work schedule permits, I do a lot of crocheting, experiment a little more with cooking, and focus more on what can be done with color rather than just sticking with the tried and true blues. While I don’t sit down with a color wheel and try to plan out colors that way, I think I have a bit of a color wheel that pops up in my head when I’m at the store (or at my yarn stash) that helps with planning out blankets and such. I do still seem to prefer cool colors like blues and greens, but I’m starting to like the warmer reds and pinks as well now.  And brights! (which I know makes my Mom happy…).

 

2011 Picture gallery recap time!

 

Wow, when I started putting the gallery together I didn’t realize how much I actually crocheted over the last year! I didn’t include photos of stuff that I painted or cooked, there were enough pictures with just crocheted items.

 

Have I mentioned before that I LOVE crocheting??  Can you tell?

 

How much did YOU get done in 2011?  What’s on your plate for 2012?

 

 

Girly Girl Round Ripple

It took a lot longer than I expected. But other than some fine touches, such as adding the crocheted flowers here and there, the girly girl round ripple is finished.

Bernat Satin in Sea Shell, Lavender, and Sage.  Approximately 4 skeins used to make a roughly 40″ round ripple (measuring at the points).

Close up:

Flowers placed strategically around the blanket (this is only a sampling so far, I will be adding more flowers, including larger flowers, and these are not the definite locations either):

And, can’t forget a close up of the flowers either!:

Think it’s girly enough for a 3 year old girly-girl who loves pinks, purples, and flowers?

Girly Girl Round Ripple

I’ve been working on the girly girl round ripple that a co-worker requested for her 3 yr old daughter. It took a few starts and restarts as I picked and rejected different color combinations of pinks and purples and different yarns. But I finally settled on Bernat Satin in: Sea Shell (pink), Lavender (purple), and added a third color: Sage (green).

I decided to try something different with this one, and I was a little unsure whether or not I liked it. I took various lengths of each color and russian joined them together in one large ball (3 skeins into 1 ball is a LOT of winding!). Then I started crocheting.

I decided a few things with this. 1) next time I’ll complete the center in one color first then start using the russian joined ‘magic ball’. 2) I’m not real big on color changes mid-row. 3) Purple is a pain in the butt to get a good picture of! 4) I wish I had a variegated yarn to mix in with this.

But, there is something special I am doing with this round ripple, which will disguise most of the color changes that appear awkwardly in the blanket:

Flowers! I am going to add teeny tiny flowers throughout the body of the blanket, then on each point of the round ripple, I’ll sew on larger flowers with leaves (maybe leaves anyway).

Now that I know how the flowers look and how well they cover the color changes, I’m enjoying crocheting this blanket!

Round Ripple #2 – Finished

I just finished working on round ripple #2!  Using the same round ripple pattern as my first round ripple and the yarn Bernat Satin, in the colors: Bordeaux, Fern, and Faded Glory Ombre.  Took roughly 5 evenings to finish this one.

This is Donation Blanket #6 – Strawberry Fields.

If you saw the first round ripple that I did, do you recognize anything else about this one besides being the same pattern?

The variegated yarn is the same yarn! With the first round ripple, I picked the lighter colors of the variegated to be my solids. With this one, I picked the darker colors of the variegated.

I can’t decide which one is my favorite. They both appeal to me in different ways.

I have yarn sitting in a tote next to me for the next blanket that’s on the list, the girly girl one for my co-worker’s daughter. But that one will have to wait until tomorrow.

My First Round Ripple

First of all, can you believe it… I’ve hit over 5,000 views on my blog! That’s something I didn’t expect when I started this up. Thank you to those of you who have stayed to continue reading my crafting journey, and welcome to any new readers.

Now on to the topic noted in the post title.  My first round ripple. I used the round ripple pattern found HERE. I think it’s by Lyn’s Designs, judging by the fine print at the bottom. Very easy pattern and a great one to use for a first time pattern.

(I’ll try to update the pictures here once I can take some pictures in the daytime for better lighting. Our lights in this house are almost all lamps, no overhead lights, and they all give off a yellow glow):

The blanket was started last weekend on Oct 8th, so it took one week to finish it with working and a few other things taking my time away from crocheting.  I used Bernat Satin in Flamingo, Silk, and Faded Glory Ombre and an I hook. The finished blanket is roughly 40″ from point to point and is Donation Blanket #5.

I’m normally not a fan of pink and white, but I think this is my favorite donation blanket that I’ve made yet.

I’d estimate about 1 1/2 skeins of each color were used in this lapghan.

I mentioned yesterday that I had picked up some more yarn (big surprise… lol). Some lovely autumn colors:

Now, do I start the ghan using the above yarn? Or do I start the one that I picked yarn up for last weekend, pictured below?