Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ripple Smitten



Just when I thought the Epic Blanket honeymoon period was about to end, a whole extra pile of work landed on my desktop and it seemed I worked every waking hour (and quite a few unwaking ones). Every now and then, I’d smuggle time to crochet a ripple blanket row. The Epic Blanket is therapeutic, rocking-in-the-corner, crafty sanity at its best.



So far the Epic Blanket has taught me three things.

1. No use regretting colour choices. Just keep plugging on and all the rows will merge into one colour explosion. Everything will come out all right in the wash.



Although there’d be an epic tanty if the colour did come out in the wash.

2. I have short legs.



The above image was trying to give you an idea of scale. This doesn’t help a heck of a lot unless you’re standing next to me, in which case you’d be thinking: Wow. Five foot, one and a half inches really isn’t very tall. That blanket is smaller than I thought.



While you were reflecting on my shortness, I went off and counted stitches:

364 stitches per row
72 rows
= a cool 26,208 treble-based stitches to date.
Well that sounds big. Non?

3. In order to live with such a blast of all-round, queen-sized colour, I think it best we spray-paint our entire bedroom white.



I have informed the Mr that he should also wear white pyjamas for full co-ordinating effect. Or, more likely, a spray-painted birthday suit. Here is what our white, spray-painted bedroom will look like, with the Mr sleeping in his white, spray-painted birthday suit (just imagine the blanket):



PS. For more blasts of crafty colour, pop on over to the land of Our Creative Spaces.
PPS. Easiest, peasiest, ripple blanket pattern by Lucy.

52 comments:

Liesl said...

I had a good mind to press the Report Blog button when I saw your Mr there in all his spray painted white birthday suit glory.

Luckily I was distracted by the seriously gorgeous blanket xx

Nikki said...

You do great blanket, T.

(And I have a funny story about a friend who went for all-white bedroom decor, a white dressing gown, and a white towel wrapping up her freshly-washed hair....)

Nikki said...

Just spat tea all over the keyboard when I read Liesl's comment.

trudi@maudeandme said...

I'm so in need of a therapeutic blanket. I think I am going to have to add this to my "to try " list. I love your choice of colours. Really like the use of your darker colours.What yarn are you using?

Jo said...

Wow. That's all I can say. Wow.

Wow on the colours and the pattern.

Wow on the effort.

Big back pats for you.

thornberry said...

Oooooooo! That is one NICE ripple blanket! All that colour - just scrumptious!

Becky said...

Love the white bedroom concept drawing, also like the blanket.

gret said...

What a gorgeous blanket! Love it.

One Flew Over said...

Magnificent!

june at noon said...

And nary a word was said about all those dangling end bits....

(It looks lovely and cozy.)

Lola Nova said...

If I had my wits about me I would have all sorts of clever things to say - along with an ooh, an ahhh, and certainly an eeek!

Seeing as I haven't (got my wits about me), all I've got is "cool" and "he he". Oh, and I am always good for an "awesome!"

Renee said...

Love the random colour stripes! I tackled a huge crochet blanket myself last year, and the end result is definitely worth it. Good luck!

Bree said...

love the colours in the blankie, they will all mesh together well.
and given how much you hate weaving in ends I vote you just leave them - it looks good!
as for the Mr in his birthday suit.... well.....

Kirsty said...

Is beautiful - every which way you look at it - mathematically, chair-rockingly or otherwise. xxx

Mel said...

You clever, clever bugger. It is indeed EPIC! Epically beautiful. And how clever to choose a design that doesn't require weaving in of ends! Wait, it doesn't require weaving in does it? Because if it does you're in a world of hurt all over again. xx

Michelle said...

Gorgeous ripples. It is kind of a therapeutic project. Until you get to the ends....

deux chiens et un garcon said...

Hey I like your advice if just keep going and not get too bogged down with "what colour next"
it is fantastic
x

Tanya said...

smitten here too. Luckily I am not drinking tea or I may have spat tea about Nikki spitting tea about Liesl.

Kylie said...

It's a great pattern, isn't it? I love it too. Only problem is when I go to do some other crocheting thing my hands automatically do trebles now ;) Working on my crazy chevron at the mo and undoing many-a-treble-that's-not-supposed-to-be-one. Your blanket is looking fabulously huge. Like the idea of a white bedroom (and Mr) to showcase it's brilliance :) Kx

CurlyPops said...

Wooooooow speechless... stunning.
It's like my colour dreams have come to life in a ripple blankie!

Ellieboo said...

totally wow - that is one spectacular blanket - love love love it.

OnePerfectDay said...

This is a masterpiece of a blanket!
I wouldn't mind it lounging on my sofa...

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

Oh Man.

Do not leave that blanket unattended if I am ever in your neighbourhood. It is fantastic.

I too am trying not to regret colour choices, while I'm making my rag-rug. I just wish I had as much of a spectrum choice as you do.

Tracey said...

lovely, lovely, is that biggan yarn I spy? I am thinking of knitting myself a lovely missoni inspired chevron number. But will the yarn budget cover it?
No, I don't actually have a yarn budget...sigh

Jorth! said...

I totally have ripple envy. That is such an awesome blanket. Why, oh why, have I not learnt to crochet properly yet?

Ruth said...

wow, that blanket might just inspire me to take up crochet... beautiful!

Little Gumnut said...

glorious! Must learn how to crochet a ripple like that!

melissa said...

I think I would need therapy if I tried making something like that! It'd be like me though to throw myself into it and the realise one row takes me a whole year.

If you decide it clashes with your hubbies pjs - leave it out on the lawn and I'll come and get it. More than happy to do you a favour!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Epic blanket is Epic.

looks plenty mahoosive to me.

Liesl is norty.

teddybearswednesday said...

I'm in the same place as Lola, though then again when do I ever have my wits about me and have clever things to say?
so I will rephrase if I was a different person and witty and smart and clever, i would have said witty smart Liesl like things to say but alas I'm not.
Im just me and Ripple smitten too.
xo

Gabrielle said...

Wow - that is amazing! The colours are working so well too - I wish I had your skills!

suzanne said...

Breathtaking, gorgeouza! I have just finished my first crochet blankie too.....Took forever also sneaking in the wee hour of the morn time to finish rows. This is definitely my next project. Well done to you.

Happy day to you
Suzanne
X

Cinnamon said...

That is just gorgeous. And thank god for crafting, or we'd all be loony.

Cup and Saucer said...

Love the blanket. I'm thinking about how I can steal it. (oops. Did I say that out loud?)

Tas said...

Tee, hee, Leisl.

All those ends...But worth it. Oh, so worth it.

Fer said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!

(loving Leisl's comment too)

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

it is wonderful and so are you!

Wendy said...

Thought you might like to know that you're taller than me - so less of the shorty comments, to me you're a giant (I'm 5foot1). Love the blanket

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Either you're no bigger than a Borrower or that blanket just grow'd like Topsy .
It's looking fabulous !

Claire - Craft Schmaft said...

Love, love, love it. Craft really is the only way to stay sane isn't it?

Suse said...

The mister in his birthday suit, indeed.

I thought this was a family blog.

Annette said...

Hi... This place is hilarious! I am your newest follower. Loving kinda everything. Muddy kids, scrappy pillow covers, fab red new purchased shoes, cute kiddos, the way you take pics, your articulation makes me laugh out loud... Yea, me like this place a lot. Ohh and this ripple. Not at all like Lucy's. Much more vivid, crazy and strong. For sure my type of cookie! I mean, I love Lucy's too but... Aaaahhhh. Am I stepping on someones toes now? You get it right? See you again soon. :D

mel @ loved said...

That is SO awesome! I love it & I love the idea of spray painting Your room, do it!! Gorgeous work, and comforting to know I'm not the only one rocking in a corner with a hook..x

Gillian said...

Incredible! Great work. Keep going! I admire you for taking on such a mammoth project.

Beck said...

That's one heck of a blanket! Wowsers. I really love it, it's truly amazing. Hope there's light at the end of the tunnel xo

heather said...

have we bonded on our height similarities yet? you say 5 foot 1 and a half inches. i say five foot and a half inch. yet maybe, with more pilates, i will stretch out even more. and maybe, i will be able to look you straight in the eyes, miss.

hey did you see how i knit us up some olearia sweaters?

cuz of you? you turned me onto that pattern like a year ago i think....

http://lightandmacaroni.blogspot.com/2012/02/opening.html

quirky granola girl said...

i just finished knitting a stripey garter stitch shawl that was very therapeutic for my sanity. your ripple is glorious.

Vickie said...

gorgeous blanket, love the colours!

Sally said...

Colour explosion for sure.
Love it!

... notice you're ignoring those ends again ;)

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

totally in love with that blanket so far! and your white world to highlight it :)
thanku for your visit/thoughts xx

M. Bloom said...

Never mind your (gorgeous) blanket... your little "white bedroom with spray-painted Mr." was hilarious. Even funnier (if possible) were the comments about it!

Bonnie in Michigan said...

OMG 54 yrs of crocheting and I am still in love with ripples....you can engage in entire conversations with your mate (or an imaginary friend), work out the meal plan for tomorrow, put together a mental outfit for work tomorrow...and still ripple away without missing a stitch. Question are you working those ends in or do you intend to tassel?