And THIS Week’s – #26

I’m so glad it took me a few days to finish writing a post about this one, – thanks to my laptop’s sometimes disabled keys – cuz I really wasn’t crazy for it right when I finished the crocheting. And not just because I forgot to repeat the double-rows of cream on the other end either! – Talk about absent-minded. . . Can you believe I did that?!?!? –

A Scrappy* Ripple for a Scrappy** Boy

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I think I was bothered by some the grassy green yarns I used, which are much more lurid in real life than they seem here.

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Whatever, I think it looks fine now and plan to quickly pass it off to DCF before I have the chance to change my mind. lol.

Reader Ann B. likes it better laying vertically.

671 fullAnn makes a good point! The asymmetry (missing stripes) isn’t nearly as bothersome when seen this way, like a blanket on a bed. She also mentioned that the stripes will come in “handy to differentiate the ends…Head/Foot. You know how stinky boys feet can be. ” YES, I do!! lol.

This blanket was a great opportunity to use up many green, red and blue scraps as well as a few partial skeins of off-white.

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* Scrappy – Consisting of scraps.

** Scrappy – Having a determined spirit.

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Here We Go Again!

Yet another box has been left on our porch

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and, once again, it came from a yarn fairy. How Wonderful is THAT?!?

Lucky me, Sandi of MD doesn’t have anymore room for storing charity stash and her group doesn’t use any cotton. I’d barely finished reading her email before the box arrived.

Can’t wait to see what’s inside!

First thing I spy is. . .

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a cute little (26″ x 45″) variegated baby blanket. – I recognize the yarn, RHSS ‘BonBon Print’. –

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Sandi didn’t even mention this! What a fun surprise!

And under the blanket. . .

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a generous amount of RHSS “Stars and Stripes” and “Grape Fizz”.

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Too bad there’s not enough time left to make a patriotic ripple to celebrate Independence Day!

I couldn’t help myself. Next I dug all the way to the bottom of the box

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because I wanted to see all thirteen!! balls of Sugar ‘n Cream cotton.

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The Crochet Corner knitters are going to love this! I’ll give them first dibs and then knit washcloths for Haiti with the rest.

Sandi warned me that she was sending odds and ends this time, but I think I see at least one afghan “kit”. This Caron One Pound and Lion Brand Jiffy look like they’ll work well together, not only in color but in thickness! – Both are of a heavier weight than RHSS. –

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Next a pretty combination for an autumn ripple. . .

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And then a couple of delicate color combos, for baby: Dazzleaire ‘Baby Pink/Blue/White’ and RHSS ‘Baby Print’.

670 10-babyFunny, I think ‘Baby Print’ – the middle skein – is the very same yarn they used to make that garter stitch blanket I got at last month’s tag sale!

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And, lastly, at the very bottom of the box are a couple of Ziplocs

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filled with scrap balls.

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I think that one lonely little ball of Wool-Ease

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will feel so much better once it’s nestled in my wool blend charity stash. lol.

Holy Moley, Sandi, this is quite a nice haul in spite of being ‘odds and ends’!

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Thank you!!!

Your generous gift means Six more blankets for foster kids, and, including a few scrappy ones, about Sixteen more washcloths, either for my ladies or students in Haiti.

Hmmm. I’m wondering whether I should I leave that cute little baby blanket as is,

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enlarge it to a kid-sized blanket of about 35 x 54. That would require adding a five-inch wide border. I don’t think I have enough of any one coordinating color yarn to accomplish that.

But I could do it with two colors – the bands on each end of one color and the sides of the second. If I use four, each band could be its own color. And, of course, I could also do the border Log Cabin style, which also takes four colors.

Ahhh, therein lies my answer. . . if I have enough yarn, whether of one, two or four appropriate colors, I will add a border.

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Last Week’s Ripple – #25

RHSS ‘Amethyst’ and ‘Shocking Pink’ from Lisa of TN, a little white and partial skeins of various light pinks. . .

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Colors of Clematis

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Sorry so short-winded. My computer keyboard has been acting up. So frustrating!! Have  you ever had to copy and paste individual letters in order to “type”? Sometimes I have no letter i, which is bad enough, but sometimes there’s no i, o, u, or t! This short little post originally looked like this . . .

Wh, RHSS ‘Amehys’ and ‘Shckng Pnk’ frm Lsa of TN, plus paral skens f varus lgh pnks . . .

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ROFL!!!

Everything is behaving at the moment, so I’m off to attempt to write/edit a few posts and add a couple more projects to Ravelry. Wish me luck!!

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And No Longer Just Burgundy and White

How the blanket/shawl? looked when I found it at Sal’s. . .

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With Emily’s help, I added navy strips on both long sides.

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Used the entire over-sized skein of RHSS Soft Navy I recently got at Savers!

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Then added one plain double crochet round of this variegated, a long-stashed gift from AnastaciaKnits.

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It is definitely a BLANKET now, measuring about 45″ by 68″.  – Please pardon the stony bumps showing through the white. –

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The Before and After. . .

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What a difference!!!

Definitely worth the bother.

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No Longer Plain Pink

Ready to add a border to that solid PINK blanket I found at Sal’s a few weeks ago,

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I went shopping among the many variegated yarns Karen of MA sent me.

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I found a pretty pink/mocha/cream combination, . . . – This One ↑ – which coordinates very nicely. – Yarn fairy, Sandi of MD, has informed me that it’s RHSS ‘Pink Camo’. . .  Thanks, Sandi! –

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This blanket is loosely crocheted. Using a size J hook I alternated crocheting 1 and 2 dcs in each stitch making a soft yet substantial-feeling border. As I worked my way round I laughed and shook my head at how often I had to rip back. I would never have thought crocheting as simple a pattern as “1 dc, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat” would be a problem for me, but whenever my mind wandered for even a second my hands automatically reverted to the norm of 1 dc per stitch. tsk.

Finishing the border off with a round of cream would have looked Great, but, knowing how a kid’s blanket is likely to get dragged about, I prefer a medium to dark edge. A little RHSS ‘Light Raspberry’ did the job.

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First Books, then Tags

We always plan to arrive early for our favorite library book sale so we will be near the front of the waiting crowd. – Because of a rainy forecast this year’s sale was held in the underground parking area of the bank next door. –

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It didn’t take very long for a crowd to build around us!

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When the sale opened at the first stroke of nine I headed straight for How-To, while DH moved quickly toward the Arts.

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My strategy, – When a book sale gets this packed, you really do need to have one. –

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is to speed-shop first from the table tops

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while I ask the people around me what topics they’re looking for and pass along any appropriate titles. Of course I hope they’ll do the same for me, but I also think that, since I’ve helped them out in this way, they may be less likely to accidentally step on me when I move to phase two, which is getting down on my knees to look through the books stowed under the tables.

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– The shot above shows not only boxes of books down below but that not every category is as popular as my beloved How-To. –

I collected every interesting-looking knitting and crochet book that I came across,

– as well a single Sodoku book, for my sister,

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which came from the Sports and Hobbies department, conveniently located right next to How-To. –

until my extra large canvas tote bag held as many books as both it and I could carry. Wish I’d thought to count how many or have taken a photo. There must have been at least thirty.

Some people, like this fella,

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collect far more, creating a stash!

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A common practice at this particular sale.

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Then I looked for someplace out-of-the way where I could quietly flip through my finds and decide which ones to keep. Against the back wall, next to the table of refreshments set out for volunteers, worked well.

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Here are my final picks. – $1.00 each.

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Surprisingly, I didn’t keep a single crochet book!

I felt lucky to get ‘Knitting Without Tears’ by Elizabeth Zimmermann,

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a rare find.

When you’re paying so little per book it’s not impractical to buy one for a single pattern, like ‘Stitch Mix’

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in ‘Family Circle Easy Sweaters’. I can easily imagine adapting its three textural bands for a blanket.

Only ‘Nature’s Wrapture’ was “specially marked” at $2.00 such an extravagance! lol. –

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And here’s DH’s Art History haul.

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How marvelous that together we paid less than $20! Visit this web-site and you may be able to find a used book sale near you.

Next we hit a neighborhood tag sale. And what a neighborhood! What treasures might we find at houses like this one?

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It’s not often that we see tag sales held in three-car garages.

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A lovely hand-knit blanket,

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45″ square,

in simple yet attractive garter stitch

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for $4.00?

SOLD!

I told the sale’s hostess that I’d be giving it to Child and Family Services for a child entering foster care. She said she would be sure to tell her daughter, whose blanket it had once been.

A large hand-painted gourd birdhouse – $2.00.

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The previous owner told me that I had a good eye. I guess so, as the original price tag says $38.00!!

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Two small skeins of yarn – $1.00

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As I handed over my dollar bill, I mentioned that he should be happy to be getting his full purchase price back – The black Jack Frost’s original Bradlees price tag tells that it once retailed for 50¢. lol.

Not a very big tag sale haul, but still a nice way to wrap-up our thrifty adventure.

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Ripple #24 of 2015. . .

features a Purl Essence variegated called ‘Sincerely Multi RedGoldNavyGrey’.

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It originally sold for $4.99, but last fall I found it on clearance for just 99¢ per five-ounce skein, the kind of price I’d expect at a thrift store, not JoAnns!

This yarn’s short 3-inch color segments created an interesting speckled effect.

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I used about 1 1/2 skeins, leaving me with enough to accent at least one more ripple. The other yarns are RHSS ‘Cherry Red’, anonymous tan and cream scrap balls and RHSS ‘Soft Navy’ from Ann of OK.

Regimental

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‘Regimental’ is not the word I was looking for, but will serve until I find a better one.

This color combination brings to my mind the ornamental trimmings that are sometimes found on navy blue dress military uniforms: gold epaulets that drip with heavy gold ropes, gold medals with multi-colored ribbons, a fine red border running down the front next to gold buttons, gold braid on lower sleeves, etc., etc. Is there a word for all that?

I came across the slang term ‘fruit salad’, but can’t see that as the name for this particular blanket. There must be a better-fitting word or phrase.

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