This ripple started with two balls of scrap yarn, a solid charcoal and a marled cream with grey, which I decided to sandwich between single stripes of a light grey.
I chose mauve and deep rose to go with, crocheting double rows of the mauve surrounding one of black and double rows of deep rose surrounding a white.
When put all together, it’s…
12,778 Stitches – 1,131,419 Donated Since Jan. 2011
None of these yarns had labels, but the mauve one comes with a story.
In October of 2010 I was at a tag sale when I saw the saleswoman pull knitting needles from a sweater in progress and then disappear around the corner of her house. She came back and added only the needles to her sale table. I was so bold as to ask what she was going to do with the sweater. She’d thrown it away, but was more than willing to let me rescue it from the trash can, which, of course, I immediately did!
And that’s how I scored a free sweater’s worth of mauve yarn, some knitted and some still in balls.
As best as I could tell from a burn test, the yarn is predominately acrylic, so it became part of my aggregated charity stash. Should I be embarrassed that I’m still crocheting with it nearly two years later?! lol.
Another beauty! Mauve is not my favorite color. But I really like it with the grays!
I made an afghan for my BIL and now EX-SIL and mauve was her favorite color. I made it in her favorite color and the first thing she whined about was that it could have been bigger!! That was the first and LAST item I made for her!!!
You go girl on your sweater score! Talk about the right place at the right time!!
Thank You. Starting with the greys made this ripple an interesting ‘design assignment’.
Guess mauve isn’t my favorite either, considering how long this yarn has lasted in stash! lol.
Hmmm – perhaps it’s not much of a surprise that your SIL is now an ex??
Sometimes I can’t believe how bold I’ve become in speaking up, but, wow!, a moment’s discomfort, “Are you going to keep the sweater?”, can really pay off! lol.
Hello Linda!!! It’s beautiful …..and that yarn had your name on it lol!!!!!
I think you did a great job pairing these colors up. Thanks for sharing the Mauve story!
Thank you and You’re welcome. 🙂
I wish I knew the stories behind more of the thrifty yarns in my stash. The vintage ones must have especially interesting tales to tell!
Mauvelous indeed! You are such an inspiration to me! To me colors always look better when crocheted together than they are separately ~~ You see the whole afghan, not just skeins of yarn.
When it comes to finding yarn, “being bold” is always better! HA! Take care!
“You see the whole afghan, not just skeins of yarn.” Don’t I wish!! lol.
You’d laugh if you could how I sometimes arrange, rearrange and re-rearrange the skeins and balls of yarn as I try to decide what order I want to put all the colors in! And even then I don’t always know how the blanket’s going to look until after I’ve crocheted the first set of stripes. If I’m Very dissatisfied with how that comes out, I shift some colors around before I crochet the second set.
Just as long as I repeat the ‘boo-boo’ stripes at the other end of the blanket, no one will ever be the wiser. HEhe… this’ll be our little secret!
The grey gives the mauve a whole new dimension. I have discovered that grey gives almost any color a different look. Nice combination. You could call it agate or stone quarry.
I liked your thought, so googled ‘image purple agate’ — Why, I could design many blankets from this photo alone! 🙂