Part of the reason I'm behind on my quilt is I've been sidetracked by this:
|My ripple blanket|
I am following Lucy's neat ripple pattern, which she generously shares on her blog Attic24, a beautiful blog full of crochet goodness along with a big dollop of Yorkshire beauty.
Since I am fairly new to crocheting, I had no yarn stash to bust. That, combined with limited funds and the fact that I live in Texas (where we just lived through the hottest summer on record), led me to the I Love This Cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby. This yarn just feels good (much softer than dishcloth yarn) plus it's conveniently accessible to me. I do wish they had a raspberry and a pumpkin color, but I did the best I could, choosing every color I thought would work.
|Yarn rather unromantically arranged in a shoebox|
While I was thinking about how to arrange the colors, I came across this random stripe generator, which will predetermine your "random" stripes. It is very addicting, and I spent quite a lot of time there. But when I actually began to crochet, I realized that a lot of the fun for me was choosing my own color combinations, so I ditched the stripe generator and am just winging it. I have 16 colors, arranged in a pattern in my shoebox. When the first round of 16 was completed, I took the yarn out of the box and made a new arrangement for round number 2, which will soon be finished. It will take at least 3, maybe 4, rounds to get the blanket as big as I want it to be. Each round will be a little different.
The yarn is a worsted weight cotton and I'm using a US size G crochet hook, if anyone needs that info.
The problem is once I discovered all the beautiful crocheted blankets on the internet, I now have a strong desire to make each one. This, when I had never even known that I needed one before.............. I at least will not start another BLANKET until this one is finished. However, smaller crochet projects are fair game and some have already been undertaken ;)