Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Blanket of Epic! FINISHED! (With a Small Disclaimer)



73,528 treble-based crochet stitches later and the way I figure things, my snuggly queen-sized ripple blanket is FINISHED.



It looks convincingly finished on top of our bed,



even if I haven’t yet got around to spray painting the bedroom and the Mr’s birthday suit a nice, crisp, contrasting white.



The big kid has thrice attempted to claim it as her own



and once succeeded for an entire night, when I was wrongfooted by her sudden, complimentary enthusiasm for crocheted craft.



The Mr deemed me well within my rights to indulge in another WOOHOO! blanketing moment



and dutifully lobbed kilos of crocheted yarn into the air.



Perhaps the eagle-eyed, the Those Who Know Me Too Well, the Doubting Thomas types, just spotted the ‘disclaimer’ in my ‘finished’?



OK, nearly finished.



Dangly disclaimer bits aside, finished enough.



PS. It wouldn't be dubbed the Epic Blanket if I didn’t whinge about end-weaving-in for the next three years.

PPS. Crafted using Lucy’s pattern here. Ravelled here.

76 comments:

Kirsty said...

Utterly divine...just as I knew it would be.

bec said...

Amazing! You should WOO HOO for all the world to hear. Before you speak to anyone, just say 'woo hoo' then continue your conversation. Surely the ends could be classed as a fringe?

Lola Nova said...

It is well and truly epic! Well done!
Ok, well done enough.

Felicity said...

Now THAT my friend is a happy-making blanket if ever I've seen one.

To be wrapped in all that colourful goodness would be truly blissful.

Clever, clever, clever you!

Stomper Girl said...

I would steal it too if you left it lying around near me.

clare's craftroom said...

I'd say it was finished and the dangly bits were meant to be there . Either way it is just stunning !

Pétra said...

Epic is right congratulations!! I can barely weave in my yarn from a sweater I can't even imagine that blanket!

Kate said...

Those photos made my heart skip a beat. It looks AMAZING.

You could always tie the ends into a fringe edging.

Bree said...

the dangly bits are fine - they all kinda look like they are supposed to be there

on the blanket that is - I'm not saying anything about the Mr.

B

melissa said...

Woohoo indeed! You could just pretend the dangly bits are meant to be there... I would!

flowerpress said...

Hoorah, love that acidy green. Great colour work and admiring the tasselled edge ;-)

Claire - Craft Schmaft said...

Stunning! it's enough to make me take up crochet (and spray my Mr's birthday suit).

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

Round of Applause!

I love it.

The ends are there to tuck under the mattress so that no one can blanket steal in the night.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Simply wonderful in all those happy colours !!

**Anne** said...

Your blanket is simply stunning, one of those things that will last for years and year and grandkids will talk about.
Happy sewing in the ends. :)
Anne xx

thornberry said...

Oh WOW Tania, that is SUCH a woo hoo! I adore it in every way. And don't worry too much about those ends...

Fran said...

I do love a good ripple blanket! Yours is Definately right up there with the best:)

Tammi said...

It is stunning enough that one can look behind the ends...just think of them as adding character :)
Awesome job!

x

Michelle said...

Super amazingly stunningly gorgeous. I say add a few ore ends and call them tassels. Or make the Mr weave 5 ends in each night before he goes to sleep.

Fruitful Fusion said...

Oh it looks gorgeous! Now I remember why I hate seeing pics of ripples ... I keep wanting to start on one as soon as I see a lovely one like this! I hate ends and I would definitely add more strands to these and plait them up! Just an idea! :)

Tracey said...

awesome, looking very good, as expected! Happy weaving in now.

LionessLady said...

Absolutely stunningly wonderful! I am amazed at the size and the beauty.... and took no notice of the ends! (praps you could invite some friends over, give them wine and chocolate and have a weaving in party!)

Flaming Nora said...

I like the fringe effect round the edges. Keep it and claim it was purposely done.

Teje said...

Beautiful!!! i love your colours and photos and of course the blanket!

gardenglut said...

Just beautiful!

Ellieboo said...

It is seriously one of the most beautiful blankets I have ever seen - you deserve a 1000 WOO HOOs.

Amanda xoxox

Rie said...

Awesome, love it & love the joyful throw it up in the air photos too!

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

EPIC........rsi?

Good God woman I am speechless.

xx

Sally said...

Awesomeness prevails! It is beautiful♥

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

it's so beautiful!
xx

trudi@maudeandme said...

I like!
It may even set a trend for fringes...

rachelmp said...

Love it, and I would try and pinch it too

Nikki said...

'Tis finished, and a joy to behold.

Love the fringey bits... (really).

Kylie said...

Yah! Nothing like a finish to get me smiling :) Happy for you muchly and rushing back to my UNfinished mass of ripple cushions. Kx

Greer said...

Let's just call it fringing. Totally s'posed to be there.

I love it!

Maxabella said...

I love it so much I want to eat it... for reals. I just pinned it, hope you don't mind. I loved your little disclaimer too. You are just about as divine as your blanket, Tania. Maybe even more so. x

Heleen Groot said...

Incredible! You finished that one running. Yes, I said it: Finished! Do not weave in the ends. It looks great with the ends, maybe just trim a little and call it ruffles? Congrats!

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

I'm with the others. They do
really look like they're meant to be there.

andamento said...

It's beautiful, I love the bright, fresh colours you have used.

littlebetty said...

srsly awesome

teddybearswednesday said...

It's stunning! Glad it's getting more appreciated around the house.
and you wouldn't be you, if the ends were sewn in, and you're pretty great so don't go changing.
xo
PS Daisy shed skin in her 5 leg state, Ok so it did seem to take her about 2 days to complete it, but gotta love her spirit. She's a fighter.
PPS I've also discovered the sticks hate the vacuum cleaner, they did not move for hours after it.

Cup and Saucer said...

it is gorgeous, your diligence has paid off in stunningness

lamina @ do a bit said...

Gorgeous!!! I just love all the colours! Great photo of it being flung in the air :)

Mama of 2 boys said...

That blanket is a work of art, absolutely stunning! Love the colours and I bet it feels incredible to touch. So talented xo

Margit said...

wau - unbelievable - great job!
and great inspiration

x
Margit
Creative Tail

Fer said...

Wooo hooooo!!

Maybe all those tails are just meant to be? ;)

june at noon said...

It looks wonderful! I hope the Mister didn't get hit in the eye with all those dangly bits when he was air-tossing for you.

Bonnie said...

That is beautiful! Good work. Have you considered knotting them and saying you had always planned to have fringe?

Sally said...

As soon as I saw word "disclaimer" I knew you hadn't sewn in the ends. Why do you do this to yourself???

Sally said...

Ooops. Forgot to also tell you have truly ruly fabulous it looks. You're going to have ace dreams sleeping under that one.

LimeRiot said...

This couldn't be more wonderful! The colors are so happy.

Ugh - those dreaded yarn ends. That's the worst!

Silence said...

Breathtaking! I LOVE it!
Would you care to share how many skeins went into this lovely blanket?

Annette said...

OMG! Love throwing in the air pic!!! My favorite of all time. You are so inventive... Fantastic job. The ends. Actually, check out According to Matt. He has tied the ends together at the sides making tassels all the way down. Really cool. Fabulous work. Just fab.

Anonymous said...

T
You know, I've never really gone for dangly bits much myself, but that could just be my preference...
Those loose ends of the blanket on the other hand are brilliant.

Sandrine said...

I am honestly in admiration! Queen size is a HUGE size ...I have started mine and and while I would love that size on my bed I think I would have to chain myself to the said blanket for the next decade to see it done!!! HOw long did it take you?
xx S

Renee said...

Oh my goodness, it's beautiful! I have so much ripple envy because of this.

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Yes finished ... with a design feature!

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

I love it, dangly bits and all.

amy said...

Awesome! Wonderful use of all the colors. You have a great eye for color to use so many and still have harmony in the finished piece.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

at such regular intervals that surely constitutes a Fringe.

Triumph it is. Fabulous.

heather said...

ha! funny to show the undoneness at the last moment. lovely divine rainbow after rainbow you sleep under. i love things being partially undone. the finality of some things is just too much to bear at times. i have noticed i can relax more when things are a touch messy, dirty, undone, and in process. weave one yarn in a year i say.

and as far as obliging husbands of us strange blogger types, hats off! i love them. and i know, secretly, or not secretly even, they love us and our quirky demands. and actually, i know the kids of us strange mom bloggers love it too. weird requests always make a smile, even if it's hidden under a whine. it's a happy whine. woohoo aussie friend. love it.

~ Laura said...

I love that you figured the number of stitches!! :) I'd be curious, too!!

Well, those tens of thousands of stitches have definitely paid off!! Your ripple-y blanket is gorgeous!!!

Duyvken said...

So lovely! And I think the loose ends look quite sweet.

ZippyZippy said...

The texture of this blanket would be amazing - love the wave and colours, how much does it weigh?

nikkishell said...

Fan-bloody-tastic lady! Just trim the ends to the same length and call them tassles! ;)

Laura Maxell said...

it turned out lovely. doesn't it feel good to accomplish something so wonderful?
thank you for sharing...
laura

The Moerks said...

It is fabulous. I bet your fingers remember each and every stitch. Congratulations it is great. Deb

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

beautiful! no wonder your big kid is trying to make off with it.

thejadeleaf said...

A. Mazing. x

Deb Robertson said...

oh it's amazing, incredible, fantastic :) I love it. I would steal it too

Rosangela said...
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Rosangela said...

Que linda sua ripple.
Parabéns.
Acabei de fazer minha primeira ripple. Venha me conhecer e me seguir se gostar.
Beijo.

Kat - Housewife Confidential said...

Amazing!

Kylie said...

Epic indeed - it looks fantastic

Amanda Tipton said...

So glad you linked to the other blanket..Funny that I always think of that one wondering if you finished it..WTG...And I really LOL at your ripple. I am so with you it's ridiculous :P

Laura said...

I've just found your blog and have to say this blanket is gorgeous!!! Well done you! Personally I'd leave the ends as they are (or tie them in bunches) as a reminder of the love and effort that went into making such a beautiful heirloom! Enjoy it! lol xxx