Kind of obsessed!

I looked at a bunch of crochet afghan patterns yesterday after finishing the green Ripple and even cast on one but pulled it out and decided to start another Ripple – I know, I’m a bit obsessed with them right now but the good thing is that they’re quick to crochet and this is the 3rd one in a row that I’m making from stash. This yarn has been in my stash for years … a batch of 10 skeins bought on sale of course. Don’t you love the tweedy look of it?!

Same free Ripple pattern but I did chain 146 for this one with an H hook. Crocheting in the back loop which creates that deeper texture.

Yarn is Cascade 220 superwash wool

I really should be binding quilts but after another loss by the Lightning tonight, I just felt like sitting and since I don’t have any quilts ready for hand-stitching the binding, that meant more crochet. I’m a bit discouraged that after a great season, they’re in danger of being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Hooked

I can’t believe I waited so long to pick my crochet hook back up! I’m really enjoying making these afghans. Started exactly one week ago, the green Ripple Afghan is done and I really, really like it. I’m so tempted to run right out and buy more of this yarn (Caron Big Cake) to start another one but I’ll work a little longer with stash yarn before I allow myself to buy for the next Ripple.

I’ve also changed my mind about hook size. After crocheting the first little bit of this one, I thought I’d go up a size hook for better drape on the next one … but the finished afghan is just right so I’ll stick with a size H hook with this pattern and yarn.

Progress on the Ripple Afghan

I like how these colors are working up and so far I’m liking the yarn too (Caron Big Cake) except that I had 3 knots in the first big skein that had to be cut out and ends woven in … kind of defeats the purpose of having big skeins! Hopefully, the next two skeins won’t be like that. I think next time I use this yarn I’ll go up a hook size too – this isn’t bad but I think the drape would be just a little better with a larger hook. I’m 1/3 of the way done with this one.

One thing I like about this yarn is it’s an easy care acrylic, that’s a good thing in a donation blanket!

I was asked if I cut the yarn so the colors change at the row beginnings but nope, I’m not that worried about the color changing in the middle of rows and I’m not going to doing anything that creates more ends to weave in!! You can see a color switch in the photo below but I really feel they aren’t that noticeable when you look at the Afghan as a whole.

I finished another binding last night but no photo yet, the assembly of the Hexagon Flower top is in progress, and I pieced a back for the next top to get loaded on the longarm.

Crochet

I can tell I’m going to have to set some goals for my knitting – the turquoise blanket is done … or at least the knitting is done since I haven’t woven in the ends yet but I did pull yarn today and started crocheting a new afghan. It’s going much quicker and I’ve forgotten how much I like this Ripple pattern.

You can find it free on Ravelry.

I’m using Caron Simply Soft yarn, it feels soft, it’s fairly inexpensive and holds up well. I’ve knit blankets for both Rae and Mo and made a number of donation blankets from it over the years.

The only negative I can see is that as much as I hate weaving ends in… Maybe I should have chosen a pattern with fewer ends to weave!!!

Ready to be done!

I’m still working on the blue blanket – I feel like I should be done by now but I still have about 1/3 of it to knit … my next one will be crocheted and I’ll stick to knitting hats and scarves!! I know it’s not just about how fast I can finish something but I get bored!