Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stash Busting...

Isn't it happy-making to finish a project?  This week I finished the ripple blanket I'd recently started:


I used the American Waves Throw pattern, but made mine baby blanket size.  I couldn't tell you how many chains I started with.  With a project like this, I chain more than I know I'll need, then figure out how large I want the thing to be as I make the first row (removing the unused chains once I'm confident about the size).  To finish this off, I used the slip stitch foundation down the sides before adding a single crochet border.   I think that's all this blanket needed.  The solid section in the middle is larger than it appears in the picture, and with the different ripple stripes at both ends, I think I achieved a pleasingly asymmetrical look.  At least I think it works.

I used Red Heart Soft in the colors Seafoam, Charcoal and White.  I've got bunches, still, of the Seafoam color so you may see it from time to time in other projects.  Its softness makes it a nice yarn for a newborn blanket.  Who wouldn't want a blanket as soft as a cloud to wrap a sweet little newborn in?

And being on a bit of a kick to make some quick and easy projects and use up some stash, I started a Corner to Corner baby blanket:

The picture isn't much to look at, but the blanket is over half finished.  See that big skein in the background?  That was nearly a pound of yarn when I began this blanket.  It was ginormous and goofy looking when I toted it to a friend's house this week with a newly started blanket.  Now that I've tamed the skein and it looks almost normal-sized, I'm hoping I have enough to work some of the color into the border.  I may be playing yarn chicken with this one.

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20 comments:

  1. Love the colour choices😊
    I was looking for ideas and came across a blog where the author took all her left over bits (the ones too long to throw out but too short to really do anything with); and she chained each one to its end and then used all the chains as yarn to make a sturdy, scrappy mat. I thought it was an idea worth saving. Anyhow, good luck with the newest project!
    Jenn

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    1. Okay... I had to think about that in order to visualize what you're describing, Jenn, and I finally got it. What a fun idea! I'm amazed at how clever some people are. I am not so clever to have come up with an idea like that. I will be looking at yarn scraps differently now. :)

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    2. No kidding!
      About my blog post, yes, that is the cozy stripe pattern and it is wonderful to work up. I think I will definitely be making a blanket of some kimd with the pattern.
      Fifty dish cloths? That's awesome! It must have been a great sale on cotton😊

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    3. Oh man... thinking of it in terms of what the cotton cost is kind of disturbing...

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  2. I need to try one of those corner to corner afghans!! Your ripple looks wonderful! Good job!

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  3. Oh Becki, the ripple blanket is lovely. I really like the way you played with the colors in it. Your new C2C looks very inviting too. Hopefully your pound of yarn will make it all the way.

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  4. Oh, baby colors and baby softness! The ripple is lovely and I like how you left a big space of the seafoam in the middle. Also, as usual, I love your color choices and who doesn't love a C2C....so relaxing and you end up with a beautiful solid blanket. You had a very productive week!

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    1. It was a nicely productive week on the crochet-front. :)

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  5. They both look really nice Becki! Nice stitch work!

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  6. I love the ripple blanket and it's colours are just so soothing. It's always a great feeling to finish things up isn't it. I love a good C2C blanket, they seem to go so quick!

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    1. Yes, I'm on the decreasing side of the C2C and it's flying off my hook! :)

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  7. I also have a baby blanket going....well, I hope it's going to be that size. We'll see. I need to do some stash busting......a lot, actually. Oops.

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  8. Love the colors! I recently finished a ripple blanket and I love how just adding a couple of changes you end up with something so different and beautiful.

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  9. Both blankets are lovely. A pound of yarn!! The mind boggles. Have a great week.

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    1. lol. Yeah, I was kind of mind-boggled at how to handle that crazy big skein.

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