Mel started posting on her instagram feed about her lovely ripple along blanket that she was making for a friend's new bubba. I thought it was lovely but so far beyond anything that I could do.
I love the thought of crochet - the colours and patterns and the excitement of being able to say " I'm crocheting..." But the reality is quite different. I have tacked a few projects of which I have completed two. Neither were particularly difficult. So when Mel said she was hosting a ripple along I was like cool I wish I could do that. She said of course you can. Ha! I laughed.
Lisa and Carrisa started theirs and said they'd come for morning tea and show me what to do. I got excited. Lots of tea and chatting later and I was still totally unsure about what I was doing. Carissa took pity on me and started me again - did all my slip stitches and then about 1/3 of my foundation row. I was pretty sure I could keep it going. Ha! I was so wrong.
I finished the row late that night and then promptly text her and Mel to say mine was dodgy as and looked nothing like it was supposed to. They both said it's fine just keep going.
I did another half a row the next day and text it to Mel. She said hmmm I think you've made a mistake or 5 - try again and make sure you count. So I did. Still looked the same. I undid it again. Each time taking it back to where Car had got me to. And then again. Then finally I thought third time is the charm. It wasn't.
Although it was better and more importantly I had ripples I knew it wasn't right still.
I showed Mel she clapped and said keep going. Hmm another row. Eek what are these holes - maybe it will get better. Another row and another row. I kept instagramming my progress and everyone said looks great. I kept looking at it thinking it shouldn't be this hard and it's looking worse less ripply. I tried three different size crochet hooks. finally foudn one I liked (3.5). This was all contributing to it looking dodgy I might add.
I got to the third double row of colour and had a lightbulb moment of where I was going wrong. I stopped and did another little trial of 31 stitches. Sure enough I had worked out my mistake. It wasn't the actual stitches I had those correct, it was where I was going in to them that was wrong.
So I had a choice - undo for the umpteenth time OR just ditch it and start again OR keep going but do it right.
I wanted to keep Car's foundation part so I undid. It was very very hard to do that. When I looked at the wool pooling on the ground I nearly just threw the whole thing away. But I stuck with it.
I'm so thrilled to say I am now further along than I was when I stopped and I have a nearly perfect ( for me!) ripple blanket with 3 and a bit rows.
I'm really happy I have mastered this. I know I have still made a mistake some where because my sides are a bit dodgy but nevertheless I'm crocheting and it's easy and fun and I love how it's looking. My girls of course think I'm so very clever so that is another added bonus.
I'm making a blanket for our new lounge room suite that we are planning on for later in the year. I have no doubt I won't be able to keep up Mel's cracking schedule she has posted but nevertheless I'm hopeful for a new blanket all made by me by the time the lounge arrives.
I am using the Attic 24 pattern and Moda Vera 8 ply Acrylic Marvel Soft from Spotlight. I'm finding it lovely to work with.
YAY for fun new projects. Are you rippling along ??? Mel has a list on her blog.