It has just started to cool down here in New Zealand, Autumn arrived four days ago, and my Ripple Blanket is complete! Just in time….
I started this project during the height of Summer and worked on it slowly, a few rows here and there, Ripple Blankets grow surprisingly fast! For the last two months, my Ripple has popped up on my blog in various stages of growth…
(I must warn you, my camera does not enjoy taking photographs of bright colours, so I have photoshopped the pictures to get them all looking as close to the real colour of the blanket as possible, so if one shot looks a bit greener than another, that is because it is hard to take photos of such saturated colours with a point and shoot camera.)
Last weekend I finished my Ripple Blanket, hooking like crazy through those final few hours on a very big project… I’m not going to say ‘tedious hours’ although we all know what that final stretch can be like, a mixture of ‘oh no, it’s finished’ versus ‘I am so sick of it, I never want to see it again!’
Even though my Ripple Blanket is smaller than my Gypsy Caravan Blanket, it was very hard to get a good photo of the blanket in its entirety. KB and I finally came up with an excellent plan (after about 50 dud shots of 3/4 of a blanket at varying angles) of placing the blanket on the grass and standing on the balcony above.
I heart my Ripple Blanket, there is nothing like sewing in that final end when you have been working on a project for a month or two. I also love, and I mean LOVE the way edgings finish off a blanket perfectly. I remember other people seeing my littler blankets pre and post-edging and being surprised at how much better they look after a few rounds of dc! That time and care makes such a difference to the final product.
To edge my Ripple, I straightened the ripply edges by making long and short stitches, then went around and around a few times in dc before adding my favourite, a picot edge.
If you require instruction on how to do edgings on blankets, click here.
To illustrate the difference between edged and not-edged, I took a before photo… on a different day, with very different light mind…
And to my eye, there is no comparasin, that edging is so worth the effort!
My blanket sat perfectly folded on my rocking chair, waiting patiently for cooler weather all week…
All shiny and new, I was wondering if I’d even use it in case it got full of Raymond fur or coffee spilled on it, or stretched and pilled… until today, it was cold at my house, very chilly and Autumnal.
And snuggling under my shiny new blanket, knitting socks, while wearing knitted socks, was just ace.
So that is that. Big project finished. I’m in the process of planning my next blanket, but in the meantime have reignited my love affair with my Spinning Wheel after quite a bit of a break. I’m tossing up between hexagons or good old retro granny squares… once I’ve decided that, I can start thinking about the colours. This may take a while.
Thank you for popping in to share the Ripple Blanket love! Hope you’re all well and happy out there in the world,
love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX