Yep. Fall colors. About a week or so ago, I had posted to Instagram and joked, “Only I would start a fall colors blanket on the first day of spring.” No lie, that’s exactly what I did after I gave up on the other ripple blanket I attempted to start three separate times with zero success.
This time around, however, I’m happy to report that this go around has proven to be much more successful than the last. I am almost 16 rows into the project and i haven’t had to start over once so that, to me, is significant progress! Due to that, I am very excited about this blanket and I can’t wait to finish it ♥.
Well, I finally figured out what I’d been doing wrong. I was basing my experience on Attic24’s Neat Ripple pattern when I was looking at another one for measurement and the number of chains for my starting chain. Who knew that 300 is a multiple of 12 and not 14? This girl sure didn’t. Math, as you might guess, is not my strong suit, and I looked up the multiples only after a few restarts.
So what pattern am I actually following? That would be Stephanie Gages Rugged Ripples pattern on Ravelry (which I found via VeryPink.com). It’s a pattern that calls for multiples of 12 instead of Attic24’s 14. The gist in both cases is the same, however, so instead of 4 DCs between decreases and increases, it’s 3. But, even after six rows, I’m still not sure if I’m working this pattern up correctly because it seems like every other row I come up short a stitch? So far, knock on wood, it doesn’t look like my work is shrinking in width, but I guess I won’t know until I work up more of it. If all else fails, I’ll simply start a new one with a starting chain in a multiple of 14 this time. XD
I started on a ripple blanket using an Attic24 pattern last night and somehow managed to come up short on stitches. Time to rip it and start over. :(
Yes, I’m let loose/From the noose/That’s kept me hanging around
Ok, perhaps not, but it’s time to return to WordPress. In the eight months that I’ve been away, I’ve been trying my hand at posting to Instagram and Tumblr since I see a lot of activity on the feeds there versus what I see here. The results, however, have been mixed, if I’m honest.
Instagram has been great as an easy way of getting images of my WIPs out into cyberspace and I get what I consider a decent amount of interaction (I always get at least one “like” and sometimes a few comments). Tumblr, while easy to use, is not great at showing stats unless people are, again, interacting with the post. I found on that particular platform, I was only getting the interaction I was seeking when I mentioned or tagged certain users. Then I would get a lot of likes and even a couple of reblogs. That’s great, but not what I was looking for on a regular basis.
In the end, I’ve come to the conclusion that WordPress really is the superior blogging platform (I even tried Blogger for a little bit, but found limitations there that I did not like). I get to see who visits and I get to see who interacts with posts. That is, essentially, what I’ve been searching for (and, I think, what every blogger craves). So, congrats, WordPress, you’ve completely, 100% won me over. I’ll never leave you again! Continue reading “I’ve been too long, I’m glad to be back”
Today is a rather dreary and Rain-Is-Threatening-To-Pour-Down-From-The-Heavens type of day and that made me feel a little concerned because day three of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is all about photography. When I do take photos of my projects I use natural light because… That’s really all that’s available to me! :P In my experience, gray days like today can sometimes be a hit or miss for me.
Continue reading “Did You Hear The Rain?”
Day #2 of the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week has bloggers setting aside their needles and hooks to talk about the person behind all that yarn. In short, we’re supposed to talk about ourselves–in as detailed or not-so-detailed fashion–about something other than yarnbending (or at least that was the gist I got?). With that in mind, I’m just… gonna dive in and apologize in advance if I go off on a tangent, lol.
Continue reading “So Long and Thanks for all the Pepsi.”
May 11th officially kicks off Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2015. The first topic of the week is “If You Were Yarn” and if you want to see what else will be discussed, head over to Eskimimi Makes and find out!
At first, I was going to talk about my love for Shepherd’s Wool again made by the Stonehedge Fiber Mill up in East Jordan, Michigan, but… I decided not to because…
- I’ve already talked about it, and…
- As much as I like the yarn, it’s not really “me.”
So what yarn am I? I think I’d be a 5 weight yarn, because let’s face it; Anyone that knows what I look like could probably say I’m on the bulky side ;P. But, what specific bulky yarn would I be? Hmm… After some thought (and looking through my stash), I ultimately decided that I’d be Lion’s Pride Woolspun yarn. Why the Woolspun line, you ask? WEEEELL…
- It’s soft — like me.
- It’s squishy — like me.
- It’s understated — like the introvert in me.
- It’s bold — even though I’m quiet, I do make the occasional bold statement.
- It’s moody (maybe even versatile?) — there are colors for every mood I have! :P
What about you? If you were yarn, what would you be?