Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Oh my

Hi everyone

Mrs Twins sent me instructions for her ripple which was written by her friend Brenda. If you view Mrs Twins blog you might just happen to notice that she has a few ripple blankets (read that as a lot). I wanted to try someone else's instructions after not feeling so pleased with my Green Baby Ripple. So I grabbed some yarn (very old acrylic - yuk) from a bag that my MIL gave me to give it a go.

See Mrs Twins & Brenda it worked - I did it - just my starting chains are too, too, too tight (any advice with this would be very much appreciated).

It is very easy once I got started ......

and then I went to the shops to pick up some food for home and have a quick peek in a few shops for some specific Xmas presents that my DD3 & us were looking for and

oh dear!!!!!
what happened ......
I found something else ????????
which insisted on coming home with me, even if .....

its not wool ..... it is a combination 55% acrylic & 45% cotton. Not overly soft like the Luxury yarn, but way soft enough for me. And the colours are what I was looking for. They did have a dark, warmish blue - should I have added that too????? Looks like I needed something nicer than the old acrylic to practise a ripple with.

Can I also please get some advice from the ripplers as to how many stitches I should start with for a smallish blanket?

And then I found this .........

I'm sure Mrs Twins would like to attempt this ........ although the ones she has already stitched are so very, very nice

and her skirts are so much prettier than this one, but maybe its one I will attempt (don't feel like stitching!) and the pleating reminds me of her latest plays with her ripple blanket

Xmas is one its way!!!!!
Bye for now


  1. I'm so glad to see you are starting to ripple... You will love it. I have also started working with acrylic too. That way they can just pop in the wash, much better around this house.

    As I know too, it is all about the colors... Your's are wonderful. Remember, as you are rippling along you are going to have to come up with a name for this new snugglie blankie.

    Isn't Mrs. Twins, Sue, just too fun and funny, as well. I look at her blog every day.

    One other place that you might find interesting for a different take on the ripples. A little softer of a wave. Is over at Lucy has a lot of listing for her tutorials, that are great and she is a wonderful character to follow.

    Keep us posted with a WIP soon.

    Wow... I just figured out what MIL is.. Thank goodness mine is in Florida.

    Bedtime here -
    The Garden Bell - Kate

  2. I agree with you regarding another shade of darker blue. That might balance out the dark purple. You may also want to look at another shade of complimentary green too. You have a really nice palette going here.

    But, what do I know. I go for everything I can get my little mitts on and then wing it.

    Keep us posted. You are off to a wonderful start.

  3. G'day Maria
    Your ripple will look great with those colours... isn't the cotton blends lovely... never knew that cotton & acrylic could feel so soft... Would a much larger hook help if you can't make your starting chain looser or maybe do the no-chain foundation row... I see them on U-tube...
    Can you tell me did you just pick up Crochet today in the last week... I've been on the look out for it but we in Qld are always so 'behind'... well must make some tea... B

  4. Hi Maria!

    I don't think your startingchains are too tight.
    Somewhere on the rippling-way there are too many stitches,
    because your WIP waves already.

    Although a different pattern, here you can learn how to ripple:

    Kate from Garden Bell told you already and I agree with her.
    Lucy shows you where to stick your needle too. I see on the picture
    holes between your stitches, because you stick the needle between
    the stitches of the last row instead of "in" the stitch.
    (This is so difficult for me te explain. Dutch is easier for me)

    I hope you understand me.
    And I hope that Mrs. Twins understands me too, why I tell you all these things.
    I don't want to offend her.

    Maria, hold on, if you know how to ripple, you can't stop.....

    Greetings from Karin

  5. Thank you very much for the kind words Maria! I'm going to send you an email. Love the look of that magazine. Wish we got it over here! You've given me an idea though.
    Thanks for the plug! Anyone feel free to visit me.
    Hugs Sue.

  6. By the way I love those designs!