Sunday, 11 April 2010

Happy Hooker Update - Lyra's Ripple Blanket

A couple of weeks ago, I was having Sunday lunch over at my mum's.  TLH was in Wales (where he is today, actually) looking after his parents but my brother, C, and his wife, S, were there with their 4-year old boy, Riley, and his 2-month old sister, Lyra.

My mum does a fab chicken dinner with at least half a dozen different vegetable side dishes and gravy and apple sauce and cranberry sauce and stuffing.  Very yummy indeed.

After lunch, while sitting round giving our stomachs a rest before the onslaught of tea-time sandwiches and cake, S noticed that Lyra could not take her eyes from my ripple scarf which had been chucked over the back of a chair when I'd arrived.  To remind you, this is what my scarf looks like:


She was completely fascinated by it, so I offered to make another cot blanket in the same ripple stitch.  I started it on 31 March and finished it yesterday.  I'm dead pleased with it but found I had to stop myself otherwise I would have just carried on making it longer and longer.  So, then, here it is:


It's 3 feet wide (that's almost a metre in new money) and just a bit longer.  This is quite a useful size, admittedly quite large for a cot blanket but it's a great size for putting over your legs if you get cold in the evening when watching telly, and it'll fit neatly across the bottom half of a single bed so it's multipurpose!

For those that want the technical details, I used Attic24's ripple tutorial. In the foundation row there are 154 stitches plus 3 for turning, so 157 in total.   There are 38 blocks of colour with two rows in each block, so that's a total of 76 rows.  Each row took me 16 minutes to crochet (I timed it) so 16 x 76 = 1,216 minutes or just over 20 hours.  The 'tail ends' of the wool - where you change from one colour to the next - need to be woven in and that took a leisurely couple of hours, so, in total, that's 22 hours of work.  Yes, it's a lot of work but just look at it - it's so worth it. 


It looks good from a distance too - don't forget you can click on all the pictures to make them bigger.

I just hope Lyra likes it, after all that!

7 comments:

Alienne said...

That's really lovely Mrs J, I'm sure she will love it (and what a lovely name she has) - it might end up as an heirloom with a bit of TLC. I knitted a (rather boring, white) blanket for my nephew (he's now 25) while travelling to London by train to study for my law society finals (post graduate year for solicitors), and it was subsequently used by his sister, my two girls, two other nephews and was finally loved to death by the final nephew's little sister, who refused to go anywhere without it till she was 4. Sadly, by the time she had outgrown it my sister in law said it was beyond any kind of useful life. I'd have quite liked to get it back again.

watchthatcheese said...

It's lovely my dear - once again, something else I will get stuck into when I get over there.

Also - have told my Tudor that the ritual of Sunday Lunch is to start when we get back. Another little something to look forward to.

Isn't this crocheting thing cool - makes your home so colourful.

Kella said...

Wow you are fast, that is a lovely blanket, ever so drawing to the eyes.

Mrs Jones said...

Alienne - secretly I'm hoping it will become a much-loved blankey, or at least something she can remember fondly when she's all grown up. I've made it bright enough to sear her retinas, so she ought to! My mum wants me to make her a blanket in just cream but I think I'd have the screaming abdabs just doing one colour...

Ms Cheese - it's actually very simple but you do have to concentrate. I'm quite tempted to do a cushion cover in ripple now in just black and white, I reckon that would be really effective. I would argue that it's falling out of fashion over here to have a 'proper' Sunday lunch every week. We occasionally have one, just the two of us, 'cos we fancy it, but it's nice to have a get-together over at mum's a few times a year and she'll always do a chicken dinner. You find a lot of people go out to a pub for their Sunday roast, less effort and no washing up, but more expensive.

Kella - it's a very effective design and the colour options are, of course, endless. Plus you can vary the width of the rows. I'm definitely not finished with the ripple yet.

peevish said...

The blanket is so pretty, well done!

I love that painting above the sofa in the last photo. I want to walk into it.

Ooh, my word verif. is "bednest".

Anonymous said...

Lyra adores her blanket and so do I. It has been everywhere with us since we picked it up from you on Sunday.
I really don't like seeing 100% pink babies. A little bit of pink here and there is fine but rainbow babies are so much better. Lyra is a lucky little rainbow lady.

S (Lyra's mummy)

Mrs Jones said...

S - I'm pleased she likes it. Hopefully you'll get a few years' use out of it!