Some rippley love <3

I will start by saying I love this blanket. A lot! I do always love the blankets that I make so I know I say that with every blanket, but if I didn’t love what I make then what would be the point in making things?

I was asked to do this blanket by an internet friend when she was pregnant. But like I did she stayed team green so we waited until baby arrived before picking colours. She had a baby boy and chose white, purple and blue.
When written in words I struggle to see the colours together so I went off to the little shop in our local market and spent ages makinh sure I picked the right shades. I love it if I manage to go on the right day the little cubby holes are all full of all the colours you could want and I just spend ages lining up colours and no one cares. (Yarn shopping is the only kind of shopping I love and feel relaxed about doing!)

Once I sat down and lined the colours up I decided to change up the ripple a bit. I still followed Attic24’s neat ripple pattern but I varied the colour changes because I didn’t want any one colour to totally dominate the blanket.
It’s taken me awhile to get it all finished and she’s been so lovely an patient. But she received it today and likes it so I will share with you the pictures I took before I posted it. (Good Friday was a rare sunny day squeezed between days of snow so I got to peg it on the line!)

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I do love when a blanket is received and loved but I do feel a smidge sad that I won’t be curling up on the sofa under it (making it) anymore! And little H keeps asking for it to give it a kiss!

I’m particularly chuffed with the edge. Usually I just did double crochet (uk) all the way round, but as I’m getting braver I decided to straighten off the top and bottom of the ripple.  I was sure that I’d seen a how to on attic24 but I couldn’t find it (I’m still not sure if it does exist but I just couldn’t see it.)

Here’s a close up of what I did… (I can’t remember if I already blogged about this sorry!)

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I want to try and write how I did it but I’m not very good at explaining crochet so I apologise if it’s poorly put! (UK terms

Slip stitch in the 2 most central stitches from the ‘peak’ of the ripple. Double crochet in the next one. Half treble crochet in the next two stitches. Treble in the next two stitches then double treble in the next two stitches (these two should be in the 2 stitches at the bottom of the valley)
After the double trebles just reverse what you’ve done. So treble in the next two, half treble in the next two, double crochet in the next one and slip stitch in the next two (back at the peak)

So it’s :- *sl st, dc, htr, htr, tr, tr, dbl tr, dbl tr, tr, tr, htr, htr, dc, sl st*
Repeat from * to *

On the next round of the border I just double crocheted all the way around. (I hope that makes some sense!)

Right I best go, I’ve been writing this on and off for awhile whilst the boys play and nap. Need to make some dinner. :)

One last picture.. all packed up ready to go.

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It’s a…..

Granny Stripe!!
Well I suppose to be grammatically correct I should say “It’s an Attic24 Granny Stripe”
& I am totally in love with it!

I started it the other day, it’s blanket number 9 for the Neonatal Funday. I got bored (well bored is the wrong word, but I needed a change from millions of half treble crochets!!) and just had to try and see if I could do the Granny Stripe. Turns out I can!

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The wool is one of the ones I picked up at the market for £1.90 a ball so it’s not really the perfect wool for prem babies so the blankets made of this wool will probably end up going home with someone not on the unit, but it’s got a strand of something in it that gives it a shiney effect (I can’t describe it but its there!)
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I have to say Granny Stripe is one of my fave patterns that I’ve just picked up & had a go at. Although I did fluff up the foundation chain by one stitch, but I’ll hide that when I finish up (shh don’t tell anyone haha!)

The other day the postman came and brought me some presents…

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I was so excited!

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The book is the one referred to in Attic24’s snake Tah-dah! blog post and I had a massive case of the wanties! And it finally arrived! I haven’t managed to sit and look through it properly yet (I couldn’t divert my attention further) but on flicking through the pages there’s so many gorgeous pictures I can’t wait! I’ve put my name down for a craft swap on the parenting forum for Christmas so I’ll hopefully get to use some bits!

And the giant bag, oh how I love you giant bag!! It is for my wool stash. All those pictures from the stash blog entry are happily tucked up in there as well as more. Oh how I love it! Its the Night Owl bag from wantneedlove.com There’s so much beautiful stuff on their site!

Right, back to crocheting. These blankets won’t make themselves!
xx

(oh & to add, no UTI but the pain is still there, they just don’t know what it is but I’m ok)

2nd edit to add.. take a look at Country Rose’s blog. Gorgeous blog & she’s currently running a giveaway!

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